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William & Catherine: A Royal Wedding

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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
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Lesa Parnham
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books-read
I'm obsessed with the Royal Family so this was one for me. This was written by Andrew Morton, the official Diana Autobiographer. It had beautiful pictures, too much about Diana (poor Kate) and left me hoping that he really loves her

This review is from the 20 year old girl who woke up early to see a beautiful girl the same age as she marry a prince--who became the 50 year old woman who MADE all three of her daughters stay home and watch as another beautiful girl became a princess and perhaps a Qu
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Lisa James
Because I read his book on Diana, & because I am a self admitted hopeless romantic, I bought this one on sale :) It's full of little known tidbits about the royal family, about their family backgrounds, school experiences, etc. It's also chock full of photos over the years, including birth & marriage certificates, wedding photos from past to present, etc. It's an enchanting read, one that made me smile. Well done, easy to read, with some humor thrown in, definitely not stuffy :) ...more
Allyson
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
All I needed to do was replace any mention of Catherine/Kate Middleton with my own name to understand how the story was REALLY supposed to turn out.

*sigh*

Leigh
Not much new in this book. Mostly a picture book to commemorate the wedding in 2011. Of course since it's Andrew Morton it was heavily biased toward Diana, Charles was bad and all that. Worth it mostly because of all the pictures some of which have never been seen before. ...more
Mallory
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british, biography
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. ...more
Samantha
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I was disappointed with this book by Andrew Morton. I had read his Diana: Her Words book some time ago and found it to be a fascinating portrait of Princess Diana. When I saw William and Catherine: A Royal Wedding was coming out I was hoping that it would be an equal portrait of William and his bride, Catherine. However it was definitely lacking. It's mostly a picture book. It has pictures on almost every page and nothing but pictures for about the last 10 pages of the 224 page book. I was looki ...more
Corazi
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a bookclub choice and a bit more tabloidish than my normal preference, but overall was better than expected. The pictures were nice break to the life stories of two people that really haven't done anything noteworthy except be born to privilege and royalty otherwise who honestly cares?
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Sarah
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was exactly what I was expecting so I don't know why I was so disappointed. Maybe I'm just over the whole thing now.... ...more
Kristin
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their second official royal tour of Canada last fall, I thought it would be a perfect time to read another book about the highly popular royal couple. Browsing through our collection on the royal family here at the Napanee library, the beaming photograph of Prince William and Kate leaving Westminster Abbey on their wedding day sparkling on the front cover captivated me instantaneously! If you are looking for a classy read about this attractive ...more
Shoshanah
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Almost two years ago I was dying to read one of the newly published books on Will & Kate. I decided on Christopher Andersen's version, and hated it. The whole thing felt so gossip-y and I hated how the couple was referred to as Babykins and Big Willie over and over again. It left a bitter taste in my mouth and left me hesitant to try any of the others. If only instead I had picked up Andrew Morton's version instead.

This is the Will & Kate book I was looking for! To start with the entire thing is
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Rachael Hewison
I do enjoy a royal biography and was given this as a birthday present. I was suitably impressed by the gorgeous pictures which adorn every page, in particular the wedding photos which were in stunning colours. I was not so impressed with the writing.
Because of the sheer number of pictures, it reads more as a photographic guide to the couple, rather than a story. Morton does attempt to keep his work chronological but at times is rather all over the place, particularly when trying to explain the f
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Books.Paper.Mania
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m really into Royalties & Celebrities. I love reading about them specially those fairytales with pictures & let me assure you this book is full of interesting PICTURES.

It talks about the upbringing of William in the Palace , how Diana took care of her boys in her own way not caring about the Royal family. She didn’t want her boys to be stiff like stones without feelings, she didn;t want to raise them like that so she took good care of them. It also talk about the paparazzi, how it lead to Dian
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Kim
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-royal
A lovely survey of the royal couple's lives. William's life has been well-documented over the years, and Morton does well in giving us a summary of his life, but I was far more interested in Catherine's background, as well as that of her family. Very enlightening.

The pictures -- of which there are hundreds -- were also very well-chosen, especially those of the wedding. I watched that event live, and I recognized practically every moment that was put into the book.

A great book for those wanting t
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Tiffany Day
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Morton, who broke ground with his revealing work with Princess Diana, provides few shockers here. It covers the couple, focusing much more on the Prince, from youth through the wedding. While the book treads old ground and provides little in terms of insight on the couple [or either member of it] it is full of beautiful pictures of the subjects. Approach as more of a photo-journal and be happy with it. Nonetheless, for those interested, it is worth the quick read.
Traci
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The pictures are interesting to look at, the reading, not so much. I started out reading, but after awhile, I was just skimming. If you are looking for interesting pics of the bride and groom in their younger years, and pictures of the wedding, this is the book for you! I thought it was also interesting reading about Kate's family and her background. ...more
Liz
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: william and catherine fans
Recommended to Liz by: self
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a very easy to read book with a ton of pictures. The book tells about the upbringing of both william and catherine all the up through their college years. It was very interesting to learn how much the press would interfere in william's life and his girlfriends over the years. Fortunately, for both of them, Catherine stayed strong and got her man regardless of the media. ...more
Amanda
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A lot of gorgeous pictures of William and Kate through the years but not much to offer in the text for Royal followers. I was hoping for a bit more insight from Morton as I had quite enjoyed his book on Diana! Quite a few pictures I hadn't seen before and I did like the section on Kate's family, which I didn't know much about.

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Ruby
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
lots of great, interesting information on Britain's new royal couple. lots of great pictures.

the only thing sad about it is that Diana did not live to see William find and marry his Kate. i think she would have liked her daughter-in-law.
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Staci
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lovely mix of pictures and written word about what is undoubtedly the most famous couple in the world. The author is famous for his biography of William's mother, Diana, and if that book is anywhere as good as this one it is a well deserved fame. ...more
LadySlippersAndLoons
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another coffee table type book -- glossy, heavy on photos, while light on info. Since this is published shortly after William & Kate's wedding, fairly gushy too. If you keep that in mind, it's not a bad book. ...more
Alissa
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2015
After reading The Royal We I felt I need a primer on the real royal romance. So I picked this short book up - that includes fab photos and got the scoop on the royal couple. A quick informative read.
Jessica
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unsurprisingly, this read more like an issue of the Sun as opposed to an actual biography. I would have enjoyed a shorter, more factual and well-researched volume than this fluff. If I wanted supposition and hearsay, I would pick up a tabloid.
Stacy
Mar 19, 2016 added it
An intimately written story for a modern day romance and monarchy.

If anyone wishes to learn more about the up and coming King & Queen of England, this is a must read.

Very informative and the photos are beautiful!

I wish them the best of luck!!
Haley
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the light-hearted, yet still informative feel about this book. His alternating pictures and text also enhanced the reading experience. All in all, a fun read for a royal watcher.
Jeanna Deswert
May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wasn't impressed with this book. I think I was hoping for more of a "fairytale" type of story, but realistically this isn't it. ...more
Lindsay
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Did you really think I'd give this anything but 5 stars? :)

Love the back and forth between the separate lives of Will and Kate, and then they finally come together!
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Beth
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
So, so lovely! I have to admit that I was actually tearing up and sniffing at the wedding pictures!

Very comprehensive and stuffed full of pictures, this was a delight to read.
Kori
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. There were a few tidbits of information I hadn't seen elsewhere, and the abundant color photos were fun to browse. ...more
Gaile
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-blue-story
About the love affair and marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton with lots of photos. good collectible book for fans!
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Andrew David Morton (born 1953) is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York T ...more

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