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Royal Weddings 2011

Monaco’s Prince Albert married Charlene Whittstock in an resplendent affair earlier this week, but how did the extravaganza compare to the much talked about British Royal Wedding?

 
Dress
 

Kipp's not sure if we've ever seen this much speculation surrounding one dress ever before in our lives. With the identity of the designer kept a secret, every newspaper, TV show and blog commenting on the royal wedding dedicated significant coverage to speculating about the nitty gritty details of this dress. After all of the speculation, Kate ended up a Sarah Burton creation with a 9-foot train that cost of £250,000 with more than 20 embroiderers working on the lace embroidery of the dress for an entire month—a choice that had only half of the world’s fashionista’s wowed.

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Kipp's sure the price of Charlene's gorgeous gown will eventually be leaked out to the press, but for now all we know is that she wore an amazing Giorgio Armani gown studded in crystals and pearls which took Armani's team 2500 hours to prepare. After all the team had to work for 700 hours alone to embroider the gown with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl tear drops. Because both dresses were equally extravagant, we’re afraid it is a tie on this one.

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Hype
 

Most of us have had enough with the British royal wedding even two months before the actual date. The tremendous buzz surrounding the much talked about affair was simply overwhelming. Everybody, and we mean everybody, was talking about the wedding, the dress, the honeymoon venue, what street party (or if you were in Dubai, hotel street party-themed party) one should go to watch the Royal Wedding. The press, with the exception of Kipp, of course, was going super duper-ly overboard with the coverage.

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Most of us have had enough with the British royal wedding even two months before the actual date. The tremendous buzz surrounding the much talked about affair was simply overwhelming. Everybody, and we mean everybody, was talking about the wedding, the dress, the honeymoon venue, what street party (or if you were in Dubai, hotel street party-themed party) one should go to watch the Royal Wedding. The press, with the exception of Kipp, of course, was going super duper-ly overboard with the coverage.

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Costs
 

Though tax payers in the UK may have been more vocal about shouldering the royal price tag, when compared to Monaco extravaganza, looks like Will and Kate didn't do quite as much as damage as they could. It is a little difficult to get an exact figure, but the estimates say the entire wedding cost £20 million (Dh119.2m).

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According to our sources the three-day celebrations for Prince Albert and Charlene cost more than double than the British affair at a whopping £50million.

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Tourism
 

The last we checked, experts had predicted that Kate and Will's wedding extravaganza will help in boosting UK tourism to the value of £2 billion. It was reported that the UK played host to over a million tourists who flew into London especially for Will and Kate’s special day. Consider then, the impact for the UK tourism when those million alone have to pay for food and accommodation during the weekend. If you don't want to do the math, consider that the West End's theatres alone received an extra £8.4million as tourists paid the theater a visit while in London.

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OK, so because the Monaco wedding wasn't as big a deal as its British counterpart, the impact on tourism was significantly less. Michel Bouquier, president of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority told the press that he expected 200,000 people to visit Monaco over the three-day celebrations. While a measly 200K would have flooded the tiny island, it still doesn’t compare to the British royal wedding.

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From Royal Sick Bags to royal condoms, Kate and Will's wedding inspired merchandise sales of more that £40 million.

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At this point we are going to hand it over to the words published on another website..."Many shops and cafes had the couple's framed engagement photograph hanging on a wall. But there was no wedding merchandise - no plates with the official engagement photo, no little flags, no Albert-and-Charlene dress-up dolly books." Now if only we were giving points for royal decency and class. Alas…

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Though it probably was less expensive then the Monaco's royal wedding, for boosting tourism and generating significant revenue from silly merchandise, Britain's sweethearts "FTW"...

 

1 Comment

  1. tamotu on January 3, 2012 12:59 am

    Monaco is not an island

     

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