Bust out your old lunch box thermos and fill that sucker up with some bubbly because today UKate is heading out behind the middle school for the ultimate game of paper fortune teller.
In this corner: Charlene W.
Kate will be going up against fellow commoner-turn-princess-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, who will marry Albert II of Monaco this summer.
As the girls go from regular to royal, the world will be watching to see if they come close to filling the shoes of their stylish would-be mother-in-laws, Princess Diana and Princess Grace of Monaco.
UKate is here to help you decide who is poised to influence the fashion world most with the following princess-to-be face-off. Let’s see how they stack up!
Kate Middleton, 29
The Bucklebury, Berkshire beauty is tall and lean with lustrous chestnut locks and fresh, glowy skin. A sometime Party Pieces project planner, she has already begun to make her mark on the fashion world. (Remember the blue Issa dress that launched a thousand knockoffs?) Kate is the quintessential English rose with her classic British clothing choices – tweed, flat boots, wrap dresses, structured jackets, demure jewelry and whimsical hats and fascinators.
Charlene Wittstock, 32
The former Olympic swimmer is tall, svelt and toned with an athletic build. The sporty South African had a rocky start into the society spotlight in 2006 at Monaco’s Red Cross Ball, wearing a green muslin dress borrowed from a friend and red fingernails that she had painted herself. Her style has become more sophisticated in recent years since Giorgio Armani took her under his wing in 2008. Armani dresses her for events and she’s turning out to be quite the old-Hollywood style stunner.
Kate: Issa, Alice Temperley, Collette Dinnigan, Diane von Furstenberg, Katherine Hooker, Reiss, Whistles, Kew and BCBG Max Azria
Charlene: Dior, Armani, Armani Privé, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors
And in this corner: Kate!
Kate: Her coif is maintained at Richard Ward in Sloane Square — a favorite of local celebs and socialites. Her makeup is clean and fresh with dewy skin and nicely shaped brows. She works out daily to stay fit.
Charlene: She’s big on chignons, but mostly suffers from sporty girl hair – stringy and with a permanent just-taken-out-of-a-ponytail slickness. Makeup is minimal other than the occasional smoky eye. Skin seems slightly damaged – we’re guessing from years of sun and chlorine.
Potential Wedding Gown
Kate: A state secret! Rumors are currently pointing to London-based bridal designer Phillipa Lepley.
Charlene: Armani let it slip in January that he would be designing Charlene’s dress for the wedding.
Kate: Formerly the engagement ring of Princess Diana, this Garrard 18-carat oval Ceylon sapphire is surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds and is set in 18-carat white gold.
Charlene: A three-carat pear-shaped diamond embellished with round diamond brilliants and set in a unique gray gold, created by Italian jeweler Repossi.
Kate: An isolated cottage on the Welsh Island of Anglesey – sans servants
Charlene: Monaco’s 12th-century prince’s palace
Kate: Prince William of Wales, 28, is second in the line of succession, behind Prince Charles, to the thrones of 16 independent states, including the United Kingdom. He currently flies a rescue helicopter for the RAF and looks smokin’ hot in uniform. Wills’ hairline has seen better days and his list of exes is rather lengthy, but he has zero baby-mommas and seems to be loyal, down-to-Earth and fit.
Have we mentioned the uniform?
Charlene: Albert II, 52, is the head of the House of Grimaldi, an ancient noble family and the current ruler of the Principality of Monaco. His parents were Rainier III of Monaco and the stunning Princess Grace of Monaco. He comes with a solid playboy rep, two children born out of wedlock to different baby-mommas, a scullet that just won’t quit and the physique? Less than stellar.
Kate: It is the queen’s wish that the couple avoid the spotlight for their first two years as a married couple. But we’re guessing Kate will be putting her creative talents to use right away. Maybe launch her own line of dresses? Put her planning talents to use for charity? There has been speculation around her filling the role of charity patron as well. We know the sky’s the limit for our Kate! Oh yeah, we should probably throw something in there about an heir. She’ll have to pencil it in.
Charlene: She needs to study up on her French and work on becoming more comfortable in designer clothing. She attempted to return to swimming in 2008, but a shoulder injury has kept her from competing. She recently commented that her swimming days are behind her, enabling her to concentrate on her future role as Princess of Monaco. Ditto on the heir and a spare – none of Albert’s love children are eligible for succession according to the laws of Monaco.
Hmm … we don’t remember paper fortune needing a flap for Judge Judy appearances. That Prince Albert is a real game-changer!
Your turn, readers! Drop us a comment on what you think is in store for Kate and Charlene.