Just when it seemed like the wedding dress drama was only going to end when Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey on April 29, the Huffington Post now claims it knows the identity of the designer -- Sophie Cranston of the Libélula label (right photo).
As usual, St. James's Palace is refusing comment, but Yvonne Yorke of the Post says the this is about as sure a thing as it gets. The only reason the secret has stayed that way for as long as it has, she claims, is that the royals didn't want to subject the young British designer to media scrutiny while she completes the dress.
Cranston, 34, was the designer of the year at London's Graduate Fashion Week in 1999, before joining Alexander McQueen, home of Sarah Burton, whose name has been prominent in the designer guessing game. Cranston worked under the Temperley label briefly before going out on her own in Spain and establishing the Libélula label in 2002. The word libélula, by the way, translates as 'dragonfly.'
Wham! A royal present is born
Just in case you missed it, George Michael has written a song especially for the wedding and revealed it on CNN’s Piers Morgan show. It’s a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘You and I’ recorded in 1972. It’s a free download and you can find out more about it here.
With all the work going into the post-wedding parties by the Queen and Prince Charles, why should the bride and groom miss out on the festivities?
In a break from the tradition of leaving for the honeymoon the day a royal couple is married, the Daily Telegraph is reporting that Kate and William will spend their first night close to family, at either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House.
Where they will go for the honeymoon is still a guessing game, with rumoured destinations including the Kenya and the Turks & Caicos Islands. For the last 50 years, royal honeymoons had always included stays on the royal yacht Britannia, but that was decommissioned in 1997.
Wherever they go, the word is it will be a relatively short honeymoon. Prince William is expected back at work at RAF Valley in Wales by mid-May.