April 28th, 2011

In the late afternoon Anuschka and I left for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to have a look at the pre-wedding reception at the hotel. Unfortunately it turned out we were later than we thought, so it took a bit of time to find a good view on the entrance of the hotel. And to be honest we only got a good view when most of the guests had already arrived.

The event was officially hosted by Lady Elizabeth Anson, who welcomed the guests outside the hotel. Bride and groom didn't attend the reception, but many of the royal guests from Great Britain and abroad showed up. The guests included Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. We were especially delighted to see some royals we had never seen before. Unfortunately a few royals, like the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands stayed at the hotel and didn't come out to show what they were wearing. The last ones to arrive were reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée Charlene Wittstock.

When almost everybody was inside my friend Christine from the Netherlands arrived. She had only been able to fly to England on Thursday evening. I also spoke briefly with two visitors of my website who recognised me: a photographer from Great Britain and a Dutch woman living in London. Soon after the start of the party the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall already left again to be with the groom on his last evening as a free man. We left soon too, to have a late dinner.

Photos & copyright: Anuschka B. (not to be posted elsewhere without her permission)

Lady Elizabeth Anson

King Mswati III of Swaziland and one of his wifes

Crown Prince and Crown Princess Pavlos (Marie-Chantal) of Greece

Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince and Princess of Asturias

The Countess and Earl of Wessex

The Duke of York

The Duchess of Cornwall

Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia

Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxemburg

Queen Sonja of Norway

Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe of Belgium

Princess Alexandra, Mrs Ogilvy, James and Julia Ogilvy

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

The Duchess of Kent and the Earl of St Andrews

Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Princess Nikolaos (Tatiana) of Greece, Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Princess Michael of Kent, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Lady Gabriella Windsor, King Constantine II of Greece, Lady Frederick (Sophie) Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor

The Princess Royal, Zara Phillips and Amber Phillips

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha of Brunei

The Duke of Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

Charlene Wittstock

Charlene Wittstock and reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco