With the royal wedding just over a month away, the news about everything in the world of royal love from commemorative Kate Middleton refrigerators to the wedding cakes is rapidly sweeping this earth. Below, the updates you don't need to know about the royal wedding but would feel incomplete deep within without reading.
• The wedding cake, which Middleton had "quite strong ideas" about and created "mood boards" for, according to royal wedding baker Fiona Cairns, is a "multi-tiered traditional fruit cake." The ingredients — " dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas to walnuts, cherries, grated oranges and lemon" — will probably sound pretty gross to the average raisin-averse American. And if you're allergic to tree nuts, you're screwed unless the groom's cake, which contains dark chocolate and cookies and sounds much more delicious, is nut-free. But that has some "secret ingredients," so maybe no one with nut allergies is safe. [AFP]
• The Guardian's Hadley Freeman explains to a reader why Kate Middleton is being called a "style icon" when she's obviously not fashionable at all: "She is, I am sure, a perfectly pleasant young woman, or as pleasant as any woman can be who thinks marrying into the Windsors is a good life plan. Now, I think we all know whose shoes Middleton is being forced by the press to attempt to fill and we know this because she appears to be wearing those exact shoes. It must take some effort for a girl in her 20s to dress like a Sloane from the 80s, so kudos, really, is due. Yet as if an attractive young woman in a skirt suit wasn't a tragic enough sight, more pitiable has been the British fashion press's desperate insistence that she will be a 'style icon' in the manner of her late mother-in-law." [Guardian UK]
• Vogue, perhaps realizing she doesn't dress that spectacularly (not that it matters — she and her clothes and hats are still fascinating), took the liberty of picking out an imaginary spring wardrobe for her. [Vogue.com]
• Anarchists are said to be "deliberately targeting" the April 29 nuptials of Kate "cake mood boards" Middleton and Prince "oh yeah, he's involved in this" William. [Telegraph UK]
• Sales of the Dukan diet book are soaring since Kate's mom, Carole, said she was on it and had lost four pounds in four days. Could this also be an excuse to get out of eating the fruit cake? [Daily Mail UK]
Related: The Kate Middleton Look Book