William & Catherine

William & Catherine

A Royal Wedding

Book - 2011
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"I'd been carrying around the ring with me....I would not let it go. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things go horribly wrong, but it went really, really well." --HRH, Prince William of Wales

The marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton is one of the most significant royal events of recent times. As second in line to the throne, the elder son of the much mourned Diana, Princess of Wales-whose famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring he bestowed on his future bride-William embodies the hopes and expectations of millions of people around the world. And as a "commoner" who will become a princess, Catherine brings romance and freshness to a very traditional union.
Acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton, who was trusted by Diana herself to recount her true story to the outside world, has been covering Prince William since birth. Now he brings his unique insights to this portrait of the histories and characters of the bride and groom-from their family backgrounds, their childhoods, and the early days of their relationship at university, through their ups and downs as a couple in the public eye, their private engagement in Kenya, and all the glamour and drama of the wedding itself. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, both a chronicle and a lasting memento of a day to remember, William & Catherine brings us both the public spectacle and the private moments as only the author of Diana: Her True Story can reveal them.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780312643409
Branch Call Number: 920 ROYA
Characteristics: 313 p. : col. photos
Alternative Title: William and Catherine

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aepearson21
May 28, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book. Andrew Morton wrote a great story. Really nice pictures!!

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Mahala
Aug 22, 2012

Beautiful pictures, stories and history of Kate's family and the Royal family.

Mallory_MPL Aug 11, 2011

Morton’s story of William and Catherine contains several beautiful photos of the couple, the Queen, and Kate’s family that are not very well known, their wedding certificates, and popular photos too. He seems to borrow from Claudia Joseph’s “Kate: The making of a princess” for his chapter on the background of Kate’s childhood since a lot of genealogical facts from the Goldsmiths are sited. However, Morton is more successful at making it read like a story, compared to Joseph’s genealogical essay.

As with any biography of the Duke of Cambridge Diana is mentioned quite often. What makes this book stand out is its close proximity to current pop culture. While Diana is talked about during Williams childhood, and of course her death is outlined as a key event in the young prince’s life, Morton brings her back again to discuss how the media continuously compares Kate to her – which is how most of us today view Diana (as something to be weighed against) – from her sense of style to her upbringing.

The wedding section is another aspect of this book that sets it apart from the rest. While most other royal biographies rushed to publish before the big day, Morton patiently waited to finish his story after the wedding so that he was sure to be able to include intimate details of the most watched wedding of our generation, as well as include several beautiful photos from the big day. Overall I believe this is one of the best biographies of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to date.

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sdelao
Jul 22, 2011

A Royal Watcher's Delight! Wonderful photography and story. The pictures of Catherine in her Alexander McQueen wedding down are nothing short of stunning. She was such a vision that day.

debwalker May 04, 2011

Morton's story of the wedding made it into bookstores within 72 hours of the royal nuptials - has been submitted for a Guinness record!
As royal watchers will recall, Morton, and his reputation for research accuracy, was used by Diana to spill the beans about her disastrous marriage.

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