Sunday 11 December 2016

Seoige comes as pridesmaid

Published 01/05/2011 | 05:00

Grainne Seoige, like Kate Middleton, always does the right thing. So when British fashion-heads began to bombard the gorgeous Gaeilgeoir with offers of outfits to wear for her TV coverage of the big day, she went instead for one from Arnotts in Dublin.

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"I was pleased to say I was able to support Irish," the host of ITV's Daybreak told me when I met her during a break in filming along the South Bank.

"It's a mink-coloured jacket, over a knee-length lace dress by T Tahari," she said. Maybe we'll see it when she judges the Arnotts Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown on Friday?

Gemma Billington -- the Kerry artist and close family friend of the Middletons -- and husband Tim took their place in Westminster Abbey, bright and early -- as did her friend Karina Moran, from Tipperary. "We live in the next valley to them in Berkshire," said Gemma. "Obviously, I have met the prince. He's lovely." And added that her outfit was by "that great designer Eme Vandal from Connemara".

Stop me before I turn into Constance Harris (read the details in her report on page five) but Louise Kennedy told me that she dressed "at least seven women across the various wedding receptions on the day, including Amy Huberman".

Designer Karen Millen told me: "Kate has a natural style all her own, and she is elegant and very comfortable with it. It is great in these hard times to have something so positive to celebrate."

There was no getting away from the Irish at this quintessentially British Establishment do. Boomtown Rat Pete Briquette's daughter sang in the choir at the Abbey. Let's hope the bride doesn't feel caught in a rat trap now that she's married into the Firm.

Oliver Caffrey, an old Pukha pal of Prince Charles, was celebrating in Paris "They are a great couple," he said.

"I think they have a real chance of a long and happy marriage like the queen and the duke of Edinburgh, and I admire the queen for coming to Ireland, too." Maybe now we'll admit to being the royalists that we are.

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