The Headless Bride of Buckingham Palace

Posted on July 25, 2011

So Cathy Cambridge’s wedding gown went on display for the little people and Cathy took Grandma Betty along to check out the scene:

Somewhat hilariously, Betty declared it a “displayus horribilis” and ordered the immediate beheadings of all responsible.

And you know? We don’t blame the old broad one bit.

Yikes.

Why not install a bucket of pig’s blood suspended over it? One lucky ticket owner will get the opportunity of a lifetime! At the very least, there should be a holographic skull under the veil, don’t you think? Maybe make the arms move threateningly when you walk past it?

“Horrid, isn’t it? Horrid and dreadful!” There is nothing T Lo loves more than a bitchy old queen who speaks her mind and doesn’t give a shit what you think of her. We’d put Betty up against the nastiest drunk in a piano bar and she’d mop the floor with him without ever getting off her barstool. AND get up and sing “What I Did for Love” to the roars of an appreciative crowd.

Also, Cathy? Examine the fact that an octogenarian is wearing a livelier and more colorful dress than your own.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Anonymous

    That veil tiara is really beautiful up close.

  • Ruth Preston

    Is anyone else thinking Tom Servo from MST3K in wedding drag?

    • Anonymous

      I am now. Hahahahahaha!

    • Anonymous

      I am now. Hahahahahaha!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        Thankfully I wasn’t drinking when I read your comment, or I’d be choking! Yes, indeed-and Tom Servo would have looked faaabullous!

    • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

       Ha! That just made my afternoon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

    It has that sort of Anne Boleyn quality British queens die to achieve. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

      I was thinking: Corpse Bride.

      And hoped TLo would weigh in on this.

    • http://twitter.com/debraraes debra steinman

       Totally creeps me out .. … eww

  • MilaXX

    Who was in charge of the setting up the display? The dress is a McQueen and many of the dresses in exhibit at the Met are set up similarly.

  • Margo Anderson

    Bastards displayed it with the veil covering the part I most want to see close up, the way those pleated panels are arranged at the back waistline.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad that we’re finally seeing shots of the dress up close.  Spectacular workmanship.

    I’m with Betty, though.  They could have put it on one of those generic “white” mannequins with no face, would have been fine…and much less creepy.  I would love to go see it, but I think my passport expired…

    • Anonymous

      And someday, I hope we see photos of the beautiful McQueen treatment at the back.  So far, it’s been covered with the veil.

      • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

        Here is a picture of the back, sans veil. Gorgeous. http://whatkatewore.com/?p=4291&preview=true

        • Anonymous

          Aw, thank you, Megan!  That is an amazing dress, isn’t it?!

        • http://profiles.google.com/yhawkins13 Yolanda Hawkins

          You’re awesome Megan!  Thanks for the link!

          • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

            No problem! I stalk What Kate Wore, haha.

  • Anonymous

    Livelier and more colorful. Sheesh.

    • Anonymous

      I think “uglier and more like a shower curtain” is the words they were really looking for.  Give me a classic solid doe gray dress anyday over that print.  I think my great aunt Edna had that as a muumuu in 1981.  Or wallpaper.

  • Jillian Kroos

    I really don’t think it’s that horrible. A wax Cathy or a mannequin would be scarier. This way, you get a 3D look of the ensemble, without the body getting in the way.. Should they have done the half done mannequins of the Met display? Or maybe just displayed the dress and the veil separately?

  • Anonymous

    Every time I look at a picture of this display, I swear I like that dress a good ten percent less than I did before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    Even just a peach colored dress form instead of white would have helped, you would be able to see the detail better.  And WTF with thing from the Aadams family displaying the bouquet.  Can’t it just be by itself?

    • Anonymous

      It isn’t displayed like that, these are press release photos in conjunction with the display.  those are someones real hands putting “finishing touches” on the dislay.  Same as with the shot of the shoes.  If you look at the first pic you can see the glass case with the shoes and bouquet off to the right hand side, sans hands and not in totally blackness.

    • Anonymous

      It isn’t displayed like that, these are press release photos in conjunction with the display.  those are someones real hands putting “finishing touches” on the dislay.  Same as with the shot of the shoes.  If you look at the first pic you can see the glass case with the shoes and bouquet off to the right hand side, sans hands and not in totally blackness.

  • Anonymous

    That made me LOL! It is pretty creepy. Even creepier with her standing there looking at it and Queen B looking at her like, WTF?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even concentrate on how horrible or not the display is, because I was stunned at how corpse-like Catherine looks from the back. I can’t believe they haven’t noticed how skeletal she is. That is scary, and it looks like it is more than “wedding nerves,” that got that lovely young woman looking like she is skin and bones.

  • Anonymous

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

    I wish they had displayed the dress and veil separately.  Or put a hologram of Johnny Rotten’s face in there.

  • Anonymous

    The mannequin is the same color as the dress. That’s just stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/flaming_mo Maureen Cox

    This reminds me of the scene in “Beetle Juice”, where Otho uses “The Handbook for the Recently Deceased” to exorcize the Maitlands… 

    • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

       Yes! So glad I’m not the only one who went right to Beetlejuice.

  • http://twitter.com/flaming_mo Maureen Cox

    This reminds me of the scene in “Beetle Juice”, where Otho uses “The Handbook for the Recently Deceased” to exorcize the Maitlands… 

  • Anonymous

    *dies laughing* The cute smiling “Cathy Cambridge on her wedding day” ad for the exhibit went up in the Tube on Sunday and I thought, “Aw hell, I’ll go see the darn thing.” And then they showed the SCARY GHOST BRIDE set-up in the papes and published hte queen’s remarks and now I double triple have to see it! 

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Betty.

    Especially considering the history of headless consorts in the family, I can understand why Betty is sensitive to the reminder.

    –GothamTomato

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1693267907 Ann Popovic

    I watch too much teevee. I saw this and immediately thought, ‘it’s the next Dr. Who story’… with the Dr. trying to save the future from a pissed-off ghost of queens’ past. Diana’s dress would’ve been chasing them, too, but it was too big to fit through the door, so it’s scuttering up the side of the castle walls. Any minute now there’ll be a skittery sound, then a shadow, and veil’s gonna stick it’s head-less through a port window and scream…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768540908 Badriya Al-Badi’a

    If it were meant as a gothic art piece, I would think it an excellent display.  As it is, I can’t help seeing “princesses who aren’t there” and linking it to Diana.

  • Anonymous

    I just got in trouble for LOLing a little too loud after reading about Grandma Betty.  I love you two!

  • Anonymous

    Why not install a bucket of pig’s blood suspended over it? One lucky ticket owner will get the opportunity of a lifetime! At the very least, there should be a holographic skull under the veil, don’t you think? Maybe make the arms move threateningly when you walk past it?

    LED lights in a set of colours ranging from Subtle Eeeriness to Fucking Awful, set to strobe irregularly upon detecting movement. At first it is a strange, inexplicable stutter of light upon the peripheries of your vision. But over time, the lights begin to pulse with increasing urgency, cascading into a blindingly horrifying climax – !

    Young women swoon. Strong men blanch. Smoking jackets are irreparably ruined. 

    Rule, Britannia!

  • Elena

    Well, now that you mention it, it foes remind me of the bride in the haunted mansion.

  • Judy_J

    Beautiful dress and veil, but so ghostly in that display.  Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like an extra ghost from the Harry Potter films.

  • Louise Hales

    Do her shoes say “queen” inside?  awesome.

    • Celeste Miller

      It says McQueen…as in Alexander.

  • Ella B. Mudge

    Betty reminds me so much of a midwestern lady going to church in one of her nice floral dresses and sensible black shoes.  She’s so normal-looking that it’s just making me laugh. Everyone talks about Kate’s weight, but that first photo made me gasp, and not in a good way.

  • Anonymous

    The Invisible Bride potion!  Charlene Wittstock probably is thinking, “if only…”

  • Anonymous

    As PeaceBang said above, “Scary Ghost Bride”.

    The picture of the hands arranging the bouquet makes me think of The Gentlemen from Buffy. Now I’m afraid.

    The dress is truly stunning, though.

  • Anonymous

    It is great to be able to see photos of the dress details. It really is a lovely gown. Hover Veil freaks me out more than the headless bride.

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    Why on earth did they use a mannequin that’s the exact same color as the dress?  The neckline detail would be so much clearer if they’d used a mannequin the color of Her Grace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    It seems to be placed so far back from viewers.  And I thought the same thing when I saw the floating veil….freaky!

  • Jennifer Coleman

    EEK! Those pictures of the shoes and bouquet with the creepy disembodied archivist gloves are Freaking.Me.Out. 

  • Anonymous

    Great. Now I’m going to have nightmares.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Only now does it strike me how truly surreal Cathy’s life is and how absolutely terrifying Betty as a mother in law must be.

    Yipe.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Only now does it strike me how truly surreal Cathy’s life is and how absolutely terrifying Betty as a mother in law must be.

    Yipe.

  • Anonymous

    I love Betty.  She is a serious badass.  And I need that tiara in my life.  The display is creepy, agreed.

  • Anonymous

    I love Betty.  She is a serious badass.  And I need that tiara in my life.  The display is creepy, agreed.

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    It’s a veiled (pun intended) threat to Cathy to behave herself.

    “Let’s not have any of that Diana nonsense out of you, young lady, lest you end up in the Tower sans your head”

  • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

    Visions of the Queen Mum belting out “What I Did for Love” will never leave my brain, and I am so, so happy about it. Thanks for that, TLo.

  • Donna Schmidt

    Does anyone else think Cathy Cambridge needs to start eating again?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61101261 Becca Robson

      Urgh, be quiet

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely.  She looks incredibly thin. 

  • Anonymous

    It does look a little haunting doesn’t it. The light and the veil mostly creep me out.

    I too am over this inability to wear patterns and vow to stick to neutrals and solids. She needs an intervention.

    warp-speed.tumblr.com/

  • Joyce VG

    The collection must be stunning when you see it in person.  How mortifying The Queen didn’t like the display though. I adore Catherine but she should bump up the wardrobe.  She shouldn’t be so worried about her clothes because she must be in the circle of trust by now.

  • Anonymous

    I think I just read somewhere recently that Catherine is being deliberately conservative in her dress because she’s afraid of making a misstep (and being criticized that she, born a commoner, doesn’t know the ways of royalty).  I don’t know if that is true or not, but she never looks anything less than appropriate  But I do hope that with time, she takes  a few fashion risks.   And yes, that display is truly unfortunate.  The wedding was so recent; is there really a clamoring to see the dress?

    • Lisa

      Awww, that makes me feel bad for her that she’s worried about her wardrobe.  She never looks less than lovely, I think. 

  • Anonymous

    I think I just read somewhere recently that Catherine is being deliberately conservative in her dress because she’s afraid of making a misstep (and being criticized that she, born a commoner, doesn’t know the ways of royalty).  I don’t know if that is true or not, but she never looks anything less than appropriate  But I do hope that with time, she takes  a few fashion risks.   And yes, that display is truly unfortunate.  The wedding was so recent; is there really a clamoring to see the dress?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Hartmann-Miller/1352153445 Donna Hartmann-Miller

    Why didn’t they use a flesh toned mannequin so you could see the lines and the lace better?

  • aussiegal77

    Creepy display…..old Bets is right.  

  • Anonymous

    Why is it so far away?  At the McQueen exhibit at the Met, you could get up close to almost all the garments, though some of them were behind glass.

    And I’m with you on Kate’s boring clothes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1133424434 Maria McGarry

    Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

    • Lisa

      Awesome!

  • Lisa

    It really does look creepy and ominous with the way it’s just hovering there in the dark with no head!  Compared to how fresh and pretty Kate looked on her wedding day, it’s definitely a problem with the set up.

  • Anonymous

    Horrid. The first thing that came to my mind was the bride on the Haunted Mansion ride in Magic Kingdom. Thank you TLO for the laugh, and to place that song back in the center of my mind, I will be singing it all night!
    “Kiss the day goodbye, the sweetness and the sorrow…….” :)

  • margaret meyers

    I’m gad to see such close-up photographs.  The gown is very traditional in its details, but it read so very modern on TV.

    And the Queen?  She don’t give a shit: she’s the Honey Badger if the UK.

  • Anonymous

    I’d vote for the holographic skull. Kewl.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Badass Betty on this one.

  • Anonymous

    Just so wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raweiser Rachel Weiser

    Oh god is that ever creepy. Does it remind anyone else of the bride in the attic of the haunted house ride at Disney World? The one with the loudly thumping heart?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, 
      I commented about that too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

    I was in the UK in the eary 90s and they display all kinds of odd stuff. At Windsor they displayed Prince Charles’s childhood toys…..creepy. Can’t keep a teddy bear. Do you think they told her on her wedding day, “don’t get anything you wear dirty, its not yours”.

  • Anonymous

    Geena Davis is going to inflate within that dress and were all going to agree never to say Beetle-juice again.

  • Anonymous

    Another place to see the details of the dress and other royal wedding items on display

    http://tinyurl.com/3u7nyzj

  • Anonymous

    Nouveau riche.

  • Anonymous

    Kathy eat. Eating is good. Love Lizzie.
    The headless thing is so strange.By far these are some of the clearest pictures of the lace I’ve seen so far. There was much discussion of the creation of the lace. I’ve been trying to get a good look, but most of the photos the details are completely washed out, so thanks TLo for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    I completely agree with the Queen. It’s very creepy. Having said that, it’s nice to see some closeup shots of the dress (thanks to the poster who provided a link to What Kate Wore–marvelous to see the detail on the back). That tiara is stunning.

    Also, I LOVE the Queen’s dress! So pretty. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

    I’m entranced with the image of the Queen belting out “What I did for Love! -thanks, TLo!

  • Anonymous

    It’s such a pretty dress, but that’s a total ‘bride in the Haunted Mansion’ display right there.

  • http://twitter.com/Stevesotherhalf Svanhild Salmons

    How do we know that the “horrid and dreadful” comment was in regards to the dress?  Maybe the Queen meant it was horrid that such things be put on display at all, and dreadful that common chavs were going to tramp through the palace.