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Originally posted 05/19/1999 12:00AM
The world loves a love story, as proved by the coverage of the royal engagement of Prince Edward and his girlfriend of five years, Sophie Rhys-Jones. Even those die-hard cynics in the British press were drooling over the latest romance in the divorce-prone Windsor family. "Royal Sensation. They're happy, madly in love, and it might just last!," the Mirror tabloid declared in Thursday's editions. "Will it be fourth time lucky? Why this time I'm sure the marriage will work," wrote a columnist in a 12-page souvenir pullout in the Daily Mail. The blonde, svelte Rhys-Jones -- who reportedly replied, "Yes, yes please," to Edward's proposal -- posed for the customary press photographs with her fiance, the queen's youngest son, after Buckingham Palace made the formal announcement Wednesday. With her arm wrapped through his, Rhys-Jones regularly threw back her head in laughter as the two answered media questions and showed off an engagement ring featuring a two-carat diamond flanked by two smaller heart-shaped ones.
Originally posted 03/22/1999 12:00AM
Sophie Rhys-Jones has chosen a little-known designer to make the dress for her wedding to Prince Edward, reports PEOPLE's Simon Perry. The design by Samantha Shaw, who set up her own salon only four years ago, will remain a secret until the June 19 ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Shaw's publicist has confirmed. Working mainly for titled and wealthy clients (including Elizabeth Hurley), Shaw, 30, never advertises and operates out of a basement salon in London's chic Chelsea. She has held a benefit show at Tiffany's British branch (to raise money for WellBeing, a health research charity for women and babies) and has designed dresses for the film "Aspidistra," starring Helena Bonham Carter. Now her name is likely to be as synonymous with royal weddings as that of Emanuel.
Originally posted 02/24/1999 12:00AM
A wax figure of Sophie Rhys-Jones wearing an exact replica of her wedding dress will go on show at Madame Tussaud's in London the day after she marries Prince Edward on June 19, it was announced this week. Rhys-Jones has already given several sittings to Madame Tussaud's sculptor Stuart Williamson, who has created her likeness. She has also given special permission for an identical dress to be made exclusively for her wax portrait by her designer Samantha Shaw.
Originally posted 02/16/1999 12:00AM
Royal newlyweds Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones began their honeymoon at the Queen's Scottish retreat, with their final destination (if there is one) still a closely-guarded secret. The Royal Couple, married Saturday evening at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, flew by helicopter to Balmoral Castle Sunday afternoon after hosting a family lunch at Bagshot Park, the estate near Windsor where they will live. On Monday British newspapers were full of speculation about the couple's honeymoon, which reportedly began Sunday night at Birkhall Lodge, a house on the Balmoral estate usually used by Edward's grandmother, the Queen Mum. The Times suggested they would stay a week at the Scottish estate before moving to an undisclosed location, while most of the other newspapers declared the couple are too busy running their respective businesses to take a long honeymoon and would get back to work after four days in Scotland.
Originally posted 02/15/1999 12:00AM
When the wedding photographer said "smile," Prince William didn't. So Prince Edward ordered his nephew's unsmiling image digitally removed from the official photograph of family members attending his wedding Saturday to Sophie Rhys-Jones and swapped the sullen expression with an image of the young prince looking a bit more cheerful. "Prince Edward said he didn't think Prince William looked absolutely his best, so digitally we were able to put in another picture of Prince William from one of the other shots where he is smiling and laughing," photographer Geoffrey Shakerley told ITN on Monday.
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