The upcoming wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William has already had an impact on the art of perfumery. While no official perfume seems to have been commissioned by the royal house, fragrant homages have been offered to celebrate the rare occasion to take place on April 29th, 2011 while garnering a little publicity in so doing. Here is a run-down of perfumes dedicated to the royal wedding.
Roja Dove of Harrods Haute Parfumerie has commissioned Clive Christian to create a special luxurious set engraved with the initials of the betrothed. The crystal bottles are adorned with diamond solitaires and house an already existing perfume often advertized as being the most expensive one in the world, The No.1 Perfume..
Only 1000 copies are reportedly released each year. A historical connection is re-established as Clive Christian several years ago re-opened The Crown Perfumery, now defunct once more.
"Since this is Prince William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother’s chosen perfumery and No. 1 is inspired by the love of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the unique pair of perfumes will be an invisible connection between Prince William and Catherine and is an ideal way for them to pay homage to his royal ancestors on their wedding day."
The set will be offered as a wedding present by Roja Dove through the royal house.
Floris, one of the oldest perfumeries extant in the world, established in 1730, have also insisted on paying homage to the momentous event. Simply called Wedding Bouquet, the perfume "has been created by drawing inspiration from the most popular Floris wedding fragrances from the past and introducing a modern twist using a white flower theme."
"The delicate accord of lily of the valley with a fresh citrus twist introduces the heart of this pretty white floral bouquet of jasmine, orange blossom and stephanotis and is sustained by a soft base of sandalwood and musk."
Grossmith of London have also taken the opportunity to re-create an ancient recipe used in 1893 to celebrate the betrothal and wedding of "a Princess who became Queen of England," i.e., Queen Mary who married King George V. The floral bouquet is said to be "perfect for a modern princess."
"Betrothal opens with a burst of lively citrus notes, leading to a ravishing floral bouquet combining Rose de Mai and Jasmine from Grasse. It dries down to a rich, sensual base."
Outside of Great-Britain, German perfumer Kim Weisswange of Capital Cosmetics claims she has been commissioned to craft a duo of perfumes for Kate and William called William and Catherine. The royal house denies the claim but apparently Weisswange is a nose with celebrities credentials since Madonna, Prince Charles and the Queen are reported to wear her fragrances.
William is said to be strong and sporty while Catherine is a based on rose and magnolia.
Tudor Rose Bathery Royal Wedding Perfume Oil, is a special brew created by an indie brand.
"This very special scent has been curing for 6 months and remained nameless until the announcement of the coming nuptials of our Prince William and his lovely fiance Kate. This is a breathless stunning blend of white florals, a touch of wedding cake, white musk, notes of antique lace and a whisper of Indian resins & attars. Truly a scent fit for a Royal Wedding and the very first release of our Tudor Rose Bathery premiere line. Each bottle features a sprinkle of sapphire and diamond crystal chips suspended in the perfume oil. Very very special!"
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We wager that there will be perfume memorabilia of one kind or another appearing further. Please let us know if you come across other fragrances dedicated to the royal wedding of Prince Willima and Kate Middleton.