On the eve of the Royal Wedding, it became clear that my invite must have mistakenly been sent to some other Amy Chan. Rather than wallow in guest list longing, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Off to Shangri-La Vancouver I went in search of my own princess pampering.
After a smooth check-in at the back of the hotel (perfect for dodging paparazzi), I headed to my beautiful deluxe room on the 15th floor. To my pleasant surprise, a sparkling tiara awaited me on my bed pillow, along with a plate of fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries. Let the pampering begin.
I wandered over to MARKET, the Jean Georges restaurant within the hotel and indulged in a burger fit for a royal: one dressed in black truffle and brie. Delish, I do say.
Then it was off to bedington I went. What happened after my 2 a.m. wake up call is somewhat of a sleepy haze, so I’ll recount the events as per my live tweeting records:
3:03 a.m.: Spotted: @erin_ireland: @jill_killeen @searching4style @christie_lohr @catherinebarr in pjs & tiaras at @shangrila_van #Royal #slumberparty
3:05 a.m.: RT @Queen_UK Sent a Rolls Royce over to pick up Catherine. Anyone throwing paint at it will spend eternity in the Tower of London, one can assure you.
3:07 a.m.: What a graceful and beautiful princess! Alexander McQueen wedding dress is stunning. Loving the full sleeves.
3:15 a.m.: “Love those who love you” ~ Voltaire #royalwedding
3:17 a.m.: LOL. RT @paulscheer Glad to see Lady Gaga donated her headpieces to all the female attendees #royalwedding
3:28 a.m.: Le sigh. RT @gailmcinnes: Apparently what Harry said to William when Kate was approaching – with a grin: “wait til you see her.”
3:33 a.m.: Prince William – one lucky duke.
6:15 a.m.: RT @Queen_UK Approximately 3/4 full of gin, 1/4 full of wedding cake and 100% full of happiness. God Save One.
6:22 a.m.: RT @Queen_UK Bidding for Prince Harry opens at 4pm.
Spoof Twitter accounts and jokes aside, I have to admit, before attending this party I wasn’t paying much attention to all the royal wedding hype. But after seeing Kate Middleton so beautifully and gracefully poised, I couldn’t help but feel emotional. This woman, once called a “commoner,” will have much of her life scripted with millions watching her every move. And so far she’s played the role without a hitch. Well, just one hitch. Getting hitched.