The Royal Wedding Prince William and Princess Catherine a day to remember

The Royal Wedding Kate And William

At 11 am on the 29th April 2011, Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with Prince William. And what a day to remember.

Kate, looking very nervous but keeping a calm facade managed to walk into History without one step out of place. The Royal Wedding has been publicised for so many months now, and we all waited in trepidation to see if anything would go wrong, or would the weather be fine? But much more importantly, the Dress. What would it be like? Who would be the designer?

Well I think the whole world now knows that it was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. It has a lace applique bodice and skirt, with veil. Kate also wore a tiara and her hair was left tumbling down. She looked beautiful walking down the aisle.

Prince William also looked very handsome in the red tunic of the Irish Guards. His choice to marry in this uniform disappointed his friends and colleagues from the Royal Air Force. But there was a good reason for this choice. William hoped to boost the moral of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards who are currently serving in Helmand Province Afghanistan. The Queen is also preparing to visit Ireland, so it is believed that this was a good diplomatic move.

Catherine Middleton will now be officially known as Princess William. This follows in the traditions of past Royal Weddings. But this won't be for long. official sources believe that the Queen will give permission for her to be called Princess Catherine. The million plus crowds around Buckingham Palace would agree. They are already calling her Princess Catherine.

They will also been known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

How The Day Started.

Arriving in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, Kate Middleton first emerged into the sunshine at 10.51 precisely. You couldn't really see her Wedding Dress as she climbed into the car, but as the sun shone through the windows of the car, we could just see the outline of the lace on her shoulders and arms. Prince William arrived separately in a 20.4 ft Bentley which had been presented to the Queen at her Silver Jubilee. As kate arrived at Westminster Abbey, to the cheers of the crowds she emerged from the car and the beauty of her dress was shown for the first time. Surprisingly it wasn't a elaborate dress, in fact it was quite simple. But that was the beauty of it. It totally suited her. The Train was only 8ft long, but was perfect. As she walked up the 300ft aisle, it pulled behind her like an Ivory wave, skimming the red carpet, and hovering just slightly above the ground.

Royal Wedding Ceremony

Flowers and Service

Flowers from Windsor Great Park, Sandringham Estate and trees over 20ft high adorned the Abbey. These included six English Field Maples and Two Hornbeam's. Kate held a bouquet of Lily of the Valley, which follows the 'Language of Flowers', a code made popular by Queen Victoria. The Choir of Westminster Abbey sang along side the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal. Along with the London Chamber Orchestra, there was also The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the RAF. Not forgetting The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. Kate Middleton did not go for the traditional Obey, but chose a Traditional Church of England Liturgy, taken from the 1928 Prayer Book.

Kate's Bouquet

The Balcony Kiss

As the service came to a close, the 1,000 year old bells of the Abbey rang out in a full peal for over three hours. Each sound of the bells peal is completely different, not one is exactly the same. Amazing. After leaving the Abbey, the Royal couple climbed aboard the State Landau Carriage, and made their way back to Buckingham Palace. The crowds were going wild, cheering, waving flags and just having the time of their lives. With the Horse Guards following, the Royal couple waved to the cheering people and headed back to take a breather inside the Palace before emerging an hour later on the balcony for the traditional Royal gathering. The crowds waved and screamed in earnest, 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' before William, with a big grin leaned towards Kate and gave the crowd what they wished for. In fact he did it twice!

A wonderful moment happened a few minutes later when, gazing at the sky, the crowds and Royals alike were given a Royal Fly Past. First of all a Wellington bomber, a Spitfire, and a Hurricane flew past, and then the roar was heard as two Tornado's and two Typhoons followed closely behind.

The Kiss

Wills drives out!

After the Kiss, Kate and William went back inside for the Wedding Breakfast with the Queen, Prince Philip and the rest of the Royal family, including foreign dignitaries. The crowds continued to party and sing, waiting for the moment when Prince William again emerged to drive back to Clarence House.To the surprise of the onlookers, William drove his Fathers Aston Martin Volante, with Just Wed as the reg number!

Amazing Day

From the entrance of the guests to Westminster Abbey, to Kate and William walking down the aisle, it has been a spine tingling day. I never cry at weddings, but I must admit to thinking about Princess Diana and feeling how proud she would have been. Prince William looks so much like her, it does tend to choke you slightly. I am sure she would have loved every minute of it. I, like everybody else in England, moan about the politics of the situation, people having no money, jobs being lost etc, but when I watched the Royal Wedding today, and saw all the people waving flags, having parties and just oohing and aahing at Kate's lovely dress, I must admit I felt very proud to be English.

When we do it we do it well. Congrats William and Kate, you did us proud.

Is this a Catherine Wheel?!

On a lighter note, much lighter in fact, a Vicar got so carried away, he cartwheeled down the red carpet! Take a look! Evidently this video is going viral, in other words, around the world quickly, to you and me!

Holy Moly Verger does a Roly! Vicar get's carried away in the excitement!

Sources: Itn News, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror.

           

 

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

We expected Kate to make a beautiful bride but I was struck with how wonderful the queen looked. Great suit!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sinea, thanks for being so quick, I would have finished this earlier, but my pc was playing up! too much excitement lol


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Jlava73 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Excellent Telling. To be honest, I'm happy it is over. It's all we have been hearing about for months and months. I wish them a very happy future together!


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Ah, I missed the live broadcast of this event because I was still travelling to visit my mom. When I arrived the wedding is done. :(

It's been so long I never heard any news about the princes after their mother's funeral until recently, when Prince William and Kate's engagement become news. Hard to believe to see how, that handsome boy had lost too many hair at only 29 years old! WIth Princess Diana's face on him, that hair really make him less georgous than he should be, but maybe it is for the best. Maybe with full hair he will be too handsome to endure! LOL

I'm glad to see both princes growth more like Princess Diana than Prince Charles, even when her mother already gone while they still at very young age. It is so nice to see Princess Diana in Prince William face and gestures toward others.

It is so please to see Prince William & Kate together. I hope they really together by love so Diana's misery will never haunt them again. For the life Kate has now, I don't envy her at all. It must be hard to become Royal Family member when you are never live in this kind of life. Kate will have to through so much limitation and complex protocoler now and she need Prince William support to be able to face it the most, something Princess Diana never had from Prince Charles.

I hope they will survived together until the end as lovely couple who really love each other because we did witnessed too many failed marriages from royal family.

Thank you, Nell. I hope you had great chance to be there and watched the wedding yourself.


Nan Mynatt 5 years ago

Nell thanks for sharing the story of the century, what a handsome couple. Princess Diana would have been proud of her two sons. The boys lived through a tradegy and turned out to be wonderful. I have a feeling that Princess Diana is up there smiling at them, and they will be blessed!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Excellent tribute to a great day, and a great institution.

I hope they have great happiness together, for their good, and the good of the country.

They both looked really happy.

We just have to get Prince Harry married off now.


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

A Nice counter point to my Wedding Rant !

I think one thing that was missed by the Media was how alike Kate's father looks like Gordon Brown... Poor Sod !


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a great review of the Royal wedding. I watched it and though Kate looked perfect and she radiated confidence and poise. I think she is a great addition to the royal family. I also thought the Queen looked wonderful considering she is 85. Voted/ rated up.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

was it only yesterday! what a glorious occasion it was and all captured in your delightful hub....well done


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DaisyChain 5 years ago from France

I watched and enjoyed it. Good opportunity to see all the designer stuff out there. Nice pic of the bouquet which I couldn't spot on TV. Fast work and great hub.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Nell, I liked the video of the vicar doing a cartwheel. It shows Brits aren't all that stuffy after all. hehehe

Tina

voted up and awesome.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Nice hub, Nell and excellent tribute. Even though, I have to honestly admit that I just don't get all the hoopla, but I don't understand the fascination about movie stars either. I know...it's me. :)

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lyjo 5 years ago

What a special moment in time, they truly look like they are in love, I only pray that the media/paparazzi leave them alone!


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nell, I loved every minute of the wedding and I'm enjoying your hub just as much! It was lovely, wasnt' it? Your touch with the vicar at the end is priceless! Well done, Will and Kate. Well done, Nell!


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Teylina 5 years ago

Me lovely English N Rose--this is the only thing I've read about the wedding. I'm a little more like Fay than many people, but as a born romantic, royal weddings seem special--tho' has there been one to capture us since Diana? Yes, she would be proud. I was struck by the simplicity of Katherine's choice in dress, hair, bouquet, because I think it most fitting considering the terrible economics of so many everywhere. If she did it on purpose, good for her! If she did it because that's just who she is, even better! She's beautiful, and he deserves the beauty. I love the whimsy of the license plate, and was delighted to learn about the bells. I did not know they always sounded different. Quite interesting. Very good hub!


lilyfly 5 years ago

I don't have a telly, so this was much appreciated! It seems like William and Kate have a bit more touch with the people, but I haver great respect for the Queen too, all the smiling, waving, being on the job all her life... thank you Nell for a really great hub! lily


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank's Nell. They are a beautiful couple...William looks so much like Princess Diana..I always thought she was special.

Cheers


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jlava, it did go on a bit didn't it? the hype started months ago! lol but it was lovely in the end, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Hi, Freya, yes he is a bit bald isn't he? just like his dad! I never went up to see it, but watched it on tv, Kates parents only live twenty miles away from me! maybe I will go and see them for a nice cuppa! ha ha thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Nan, I am sure you are right about Diana, she would have been so proud of him, it was a great day, thanks so much, nell

Hi, Christopher, I agree, I think harry should marry pippa the sister! that would be a great match, thanks as always nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Merlin, ha ha I never noticed until you said, then I went and took a look at him on tv! you are right! hee hee poor man!

Hi, Pamela, thanks for reading it, I tried to get this down as quickly as possible! lol I must have watched it about ten times! first time was live, and then on the news over and over again! the queen does look great, doesn't she? I met her when she honoured our local hero in my town, Steve Redgrave the olympic rower and his crew, she was so sweet, thanks nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Caseworker, I ended up with a headache! lol through watching it too much! great though, thanks nell

Hi, Daisychain, you know, I think you were right about the name! I just read the paper and they all called her Catherine! better go change it! ha ha thanks for the email, cheers nell

Hi, Tina, it is a great video isn't it? I think the myth that we are all stuffy is out of date! lol seriously though, we are anything but! lol thanks as always, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Fay, I do understand where you are coming from on that one, I usually don't like this sort of thing, but as it is History in the making, I love it! lol anything to do with History is great with me! thanks as always, nell

Hi, lyjo, I do too, especially after Diana, it would be such a shame if they did hound them, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Hi, SilverGenes, it was amazing at how many people watched it around the world, it was a great feeling, as I said in the hub, we may be going through a bad patch over here, but it was great to be able to celebrate being English, just for once! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Teylina, thanks so much, I think Kate did do it deliberately because of the times, but she did look lovely, I noticed her dad was shaking though! lol

Hi, lily, I am so glad you liked it, it was a lovely day, I love the old pageantry of it, all the old coaches and such, brilliant! thanks as always, nell

Hi, Ruby, thanks for reading it, Wills does look like his mum, doesn't he? harry looks totally different! but it was great, I really enjoyed it, thanks nell


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

There was a Princess Diana exhibit in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA in February. It was amazing. It even included many of her outfits and her wedding dress and a brides maids dress. She really was a special lady and she was looking down on the wedding from heaven! Thank you for your write up! You did a great job. Thanks for the video clip too cause I missed the entire wedding! They are in love with each other and hopefully that will end a trend of unhappy royal marriages! Take Care Nell


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wibowo30 5 years ago

This is the biggest wedding ceremony at this year almost for two decade. Until we called this "The Royal Wedding". Nice and very complete information about Prince and William Wedding. I'll press all button here, except funny.

Nell, . I want to introduce my new account. If you familiar with prasetio30. That's me. I am the same person. If you don't mind please visit my hub. Cheers...

Prasetio


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cangetthere 5 years ago from New Zealand

I sat up until late to watch the Royal wedding.Prince william is my favourite of all the Royals and I couldnt wait to see the wedding.It loved Princess Catherine wedding dress and I am so pleased it all went like clockwork.I loved looking at the Guests arriving with all there fancy outfits and hats.It was great to see so many happy people enjoying the day.Overall I am so glad I sat up.Now I have two favourite royals to follow.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Nell - I knew you would do a fabulous hub on "the" wedding - As expected you did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing all the details!


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sammyfiction 5 years ago from Australia

I really liked the way you set out the wedding so simply! I love a good wedding! I would have cried also if I had gotten the chance to watch! :) Weldone.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

What a beautiful day and ceremony. Even the most jaded of US citizens were riveted to the very special ceremony. What a lovely couple afterward I went home from work and watched everything and anything about the couple. Princess Diana surely did a fantastic job of keeping her sons grounded in the mist of the marachy. I now work daily with the Brits and have a new found love for your country and it's people.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Loved this hub, Nell Rose. :D I actually stayed awake to watch the 'Royal Wedding' with my oldest son, who was born the same year, but a month before the Prince. I was also married in the same year as Princess Diana and Prince Charles, just a few months after. I taped Diana's wedding and that of her funeral. I love keeping up on her sons as well...so it was a given I watched her oldest get married. It was two am in the morning here and lasted about three hours...till 5:30am. I do not regret having stayed up to watch it! Great job on this one! :D


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Fossilady, that must have been really interesting! it is strange how Diana enthralled the world, and Wills looks so like her, thanks as always nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, prasetio, you did get me confused for a minute! lol nice to see you, and I am so glad you liked my hub about the wedding, I have been over to take a look at your new page, thanks as always nell

Hi, cangetthere, it was great wasn't it? I watched it all day! we had a street party in some of the roads, and everybody had flags! it was just a great day for celebrating being British! lol thanks so much nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Chatkath, I am so glad you liked it, I was writing it as I watched the re runs! lol cheers nell

Hi, Sammy, thanks for reading it, you would have loved it! it made all of us English have a party! lol

Hi, pmccray, thank you! it was a beautiful ceremony and every time I see William I see his mother. They look so much alike, it was very enjoyable, wish they would do these sort of things more often! cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, shygirl, I loved Diana too, I wasn't much for royals at the time, but for some reason Diana was different, and when I met her, it blew me away! 2 in the morning? wow! lol you must have been so tired! glad you got to see it though, thanks nell


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Lovely hub. It was a very nice wedding I must say. They look very comfortable together which is great.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, tebo, they do look happy don't they? thanks again as always, nell


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

I watched the Royal Wedding live way over here in Hawaii - up till 1 AM, but it was worth it :) What a gorgeous wedding!


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Great hub on a great day for all around the world.


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great hub Nell. I saw just a tad of the wedding. It's good to see that "Good News" makes the front pages once in a while.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Rose, nice to see you, I am glad you liked the wedding, it was lovely, wasn't it?

Hi, chspublish, thanks so much, cheers nell

Hi, John, yes you are right! I never thought of that! thanks nell


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I just love the picture of Kate and her Dad. I enjoyed and will enjoy again your wonderful pictures and details about Prince William and Princess Katherine Royal Wedding. :) Katie


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Iwatched the royal wedding, it was perfect every minute.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, katie, thanks for liking it, it was such a special day, I loved every minute! cheers nell

Hi, celeBrity, I am glad you liked watching the wedding, it was a great day for the English, loads of parties! cheers nell


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Nell, I think I saw Audrey and the priest sipping on the vodka bottle right before this. LOL

Tina


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful tribute to a wonderful day. At last something nice again.


Getting Rid Of Period Cramps 5 years ago

You have a great tribute here to the royal wedding. Very, very extensive with nothing left out. Great job!!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Great hub Nell! The Brits are unsurpassed in regal pageantry. Loved her delicate bouquet. Great hub!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Tina, you are right there! lol sorry I haven't got back to you, what with the stupid email and other things going on, I am all behind! ha ha

Hi, Hello hello, it was a lovely day, something in all the doom and gloom! lol thanks again nell

HI, Getting, thanks so much for your praise, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

Hi, Gypsy, the bouquet was lovely wasn't it? thanks so much nell


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What a great hub Nell. I watched every second of the day and thought it was totally wonderful. Clearly William and Catherine are completely in love. A far cry thank goodness from Charles who clearly was not in love with Diana. At least some good came out of their marriage though - Diana bore and brought up two great boys. Thankfully they have adopted her loving personality and fun. I am sure she was looking down on the event and was so very proud of her legacy.

I didn't think Catherine was in the least bit nervous, she was a credit to her family and will be such an asset to our nation.

Up and pressing your buttons Nell. You have done a perfect job here - well done!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, it was lovely wasn't it? I sat and watched all day! lol and the repeats! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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catalinavasile86 5 years ago from bucharest

i love them :X


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Wow you did a beautiful job! I forgot about the wedding until we got a mass work email telling employees of the hospital not to stream the wedding online, and to continue doing their jobs despite the wedding. I was all, "oh...is there another princess getting married?" I tell everyone, all you have to do is force everyone in your life to treat you like a princess, and then you're just over Kate Middleton--though I would like her tiara. She really seems like a wonderful, down-to-earth girl. I think I'll forgive her for having the tiara I want, I don't think she means any harm by it. Nell, fabulous job on this!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, catalina, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Hi, hostage, lol I know what you mean about another wedding! it was good though, but I must admit afterwards I thought, now they are going off on a lovely honeymoon somewhere exotic! bah humbug! ha ha thanks again nell


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dusy7969 5 years ago from San Diego, California

Excellent hub.I just love the picture of Kate and her Dad. I am surprised to see that picture.I enjoyed and will enjoy again your wonderful pictures and details about Prince William and Princess Katherine Royal Wedding.Thanks a lot for this wonderful sharing.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, dusy, thank you so much for liking it, cheers nell


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farahzachzia 5 years ago from Indonesia

I am new. I like to read your hub. Enjoyable. Hopefully can do as good as you soon


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I guess I should have just came and looked but after you told me you may be gone awhile I got no emails of your hubs but then I am getting none for no one but ahorseback, doesn't make sense.Well you know I want to read all these, just happened to see you in another hub! Did you see that think where look alikes did the wedding, thing? I loved that! Camiller got to be pretty for the only time in her life. lol Right now I have to cool down and eat. Be back soon as can though!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I think I have it solved so don't worry.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, fara, nice to meet you! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly, I have been writing in between helping my son go to live in Wales! I miss him so much, but talk on the phone all the time, it is only 200 miles but it seems like thousands! lol good to see you, cheers nell


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ellahall2011 5 years ago

That was really a memorable event!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, ellahall2011, thanks, I enjoyed watching it too! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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