Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review: William & Catherine by David Elliot Cohen

Title: William & Catherine: A Royal Courtship and Wedding in Photographs 
Author: David Elliot Cohen
Publisher: Sterling
Publish Date: May 17th 2011
Source: Library

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a royal fan.
  • You like a bit of history.
What's The Story?:

From Goodreads.com: "Perhaps because we have no royalty, Americans especially are fascinated by the pageantry and fairy-tale romance of British weddings. Few events capture the world's heart and imagination like a British royal wedding. In 1981, we were enchanted as Prince Charles wed lovely Lady Di, generating worldwide attention and massive sales of wedding-related products. As the young managing editor of a photo-news agency, Cohen directed a team of five photojournalists who covered the wedding for several major news magazines.

Through more than two hundred spectacular photographs (including 80 pages of their wedding alone), William & Catherine recounts the couple's wildly different childhoods, their romance and engagement, the events leading up to the wedding, and the grand affair itself--watched by over two billion worldwide. Here are the massive crowds lining the parade route, the sparkling celebrities at Westminster Abbey, the bride's spectacular gown, “The Kisses” on Buckingham Palace's balcony, and the worldwide celebrations. Also included is a brief pictorial history of British royal weddings from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 to Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. Including a brief history of British royal weddings, fascinating detailed captions, and a foreword by renowned royal watcher Robert Jobson, author of William & Kate, The Love Story and royal correspondent for four major British newspapers, this book magnificently illustrates the pomp, the pageantry, the history and enchantment of the romance that charmed the world."

My Two Cents:

You all know that I'm a royalty fan. I was one of those millions of people around the world that got up before the roosters to watch the Royal Wedding back in April. So I was very excited to see this book at my library. The book has gorgeous photos of the wedding of William and Catherine. Some I had seen and some I hadn't seen. What was really standout about this book is all of the information about English royal weddings past. The focus is from Queen Victoria on but it was very interesting to see the most recent royal wedding in the historical context. There are tons of pictures of these previous weddings as well as a lot of good information that I didn't know.

Bottom line: This is a pretty quick read (as it's mostly pictures) with some great information for my fellow royal watchers.


  1. This looks like a great book, I would love to see all of the pictures in it, especially ones of previous weddings. I too am fascinated with British royalty!

  2. @Anne I loved all the pictures of the old jewelry and dresses! Gorgeous!


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