The Buckingham press office have released the official portraits of Prince William and his betrothed, Kate Middleton. The pictures are signed by Mario Testino. There is a formal version (below) and an informal one (above) which looks more like a magazine spread of a couple beaming with happiness...
In my best Hedda-Hopper moment, I can inform you that Kate Middleton is wearing a Reiss dress wanting the convey the sense of a down-to-earth, realistic fashion flair as the outfit is priced at 200 Euros and her Whistles blouse is priced at 115 Euros. The sapphire ring which once belonged to Princess Diana is the indispensable royal touch.
So that we could post the photographs on the blog, we went to look for a scent topic.
Prince William is reported to wear Blenheim Bouquet a fragrance created in 1902 for the Duke of Marlborough. A journalist once noted that up close the prince wafted of lavender, a note which is characteristic of the perfume.
Blenheim Bouquet presents the particularity of having no middle notes, just top and base ones, according to Penhaligon's. Head notes are lemon, lime and lavender. No heart notes, again. Base notes are pine, musk and black pepper. Other notes which are mentioned are jasmine and bergamot. The house underlines the fact that the scent "is discreet, sensual, immaculately turned out with a flash of heritage flourish."
Kate Middleton is rumored to wear Dune by Dior, but information is more scant and would need to be verified. On the other hand, we know what her beauty routine is. She uses the Karin Herzog brand to embellish her complexion: "Ms. Middleton uses the Professional Cleanser, the Vita-A-Kombi 1, the Vita-A-Kombi 3 Spot Zapper, and the Oxygen Face Cream," according to Style.com