03/10/2011

Party Pieces loses out to Queen's cousin

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Screenshot from www.party-planners.co.uk

Kate Middleton's family may own a million-dollar party supply business, Party Pieces, but that only really qualifies them to hang the balloons at William and Kate's big do. When the royals need a party done right they call in the family, mainly Lady Elizabeth Anson, the queen's cousin and party planner to monarch and celebrities since the 1960s.

Lady Anson will be planning the royal wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on April 29. The daughter of the late Viscount Anson and the late HH Princess Anne of Denmark, Lady Anson and her company Party Planners has pulled off a number of fetes for the royals including the Queen's 80th birthday and a party for guests at Charles' wedding to Diana in 1981.

But she doesn't limit herself to British royalty, Lady Anson has also planned weddings for the Prince and Princess of Greece and parties for The Crown Prince of Bahrain and Yugoslavia.  Add Bill Clinton, Thandie Newton and Baroness Thatcher to that list and you can see why her reputation for discretion is sought after.

The Party Planners website lists the company as offering "catering, marquees, lighting and decor, entertainment, bands and discotheques, champagne and wine, florists, photography and video, security, co-ordination and attendance, cakes, hair and make-up."

Lady Anson has a gallery of some of the parties she has designed on her website, including Medieval banquet, Studio 54 and Italian garden themes. But really, they should go with one of the many Greek themes she offers to keep Phil happy.

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