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'Twas the night before the Royal Wedding and all through Kensington Palace, not a creature was stirring... Well actually, quite a few creatures were stirring, namely Kate Middleton, busy with all that Royal Wedding prep work and bidding farewell to her single gal days. It's crazy to think that Friday will mark five years since Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became formally known as Kate Middleton and wed Prince William in the fairytale affair of the decade. But to celebrate the royal couple's upcoming anniversary, we're throwing it back to the Duchess' final days as a bride-to-be. Come on, we really can't be the only ones wondering what an about-to-be princess does for a bachelorette party, can we?
Something tells us this is one bachelorette bash that definitely didn't include any strippers in the festivities, but even royalty should be able to send off their Miss title in style! So about a month before the big royal wedding, Middleton's sister and maid of honor, Pippa, pulled off a super-secret bash for the bride-to-be, according to People. To keep the paparazzi on their toes, the maid of honor booked the girls' night out at four different venues around London, including the uber-trendy Eighty-Six restaurant, and also planned a Dirty Dancing-themed fête at their family's home in Bucklebury. A Dirty Dancing theme?! Anyone mind if we steal that idea?
But alas, we were right in the assumption that no royal strippers were invited to the party. "Kate's very well-aware the spotlight is on her," said British wedding planner Sarah Haywood. "The slightest slip-up wouldn't go down well." Her bash might have been Dirty Dancing-themed, but in that case, we're guessing that Middleton didn't spend her final single days dancing on any tables with her bridesmaids!
Another huge part of the Duchess of Cambridge's last few days as Kate Middleton? Tons (and we mean tons) of bridal beauty prep! Her night-before preparation included a trip to the luxe Jo Hansford Salon for a manicure. "She wanted something off-white and bridal," remembers her manicurist, Marina Sandoval. So after a hand exfoliation and deep-tissue massage (rough day, huh Kate?), Sandoval blended a few polishes, including Bourjois' "Rose Lounge" and Essie's "Allure" to create a custom shade that complemented the bride-to-be's skin tone to a tee. Forget a royal wedding, customized nail color is enough to get us giddy!
The Duchess is known for her bouncy and beautiful envy-worthy hair, and getting those locks wedding ready was certainly no easy feat. According to the royal wedding hair stylists, James Pryce and Richard Ward of London's Richard Ward Salon, Middleton went through two hours of some pretty intensive hair prep the night before her "I do's," which consisted of a wash, blow dry, and curl setting to prepare for her complicated bridal beauty style that had to take one very important factor into consideration. "The focus of the style was Catherine's unique and individual halo-style tiara, set just back from the hairline, which determined the finished look," a representative of the Richard Ward Salon told People. Definitely something not all brides-to-be have to be concerned about...
But the major takeaway from the Duchess' last few single gal days? "She didn't display an ounce of nerves," remembers Sandoval. "She was just happy that the day was here at last."
And if we remember correctly, so were the 2 billion people who tuned in to watch those memorable "I do's!"