Prince William & Kate Middleton cover the July issue of Vanity Fair


Here is the new cover for the July 2011 issue of Vanity Fair. It’s… not good. It’s a “never before seen shot” from Mario Testino’s engagement photo shoot with the couple in November, although Testino and Vanity Fair did a great disservice to Kate with this Photoshop job. She looks like an alien! Good God. Anyway, VF released a small little teaser to go along with the story (a story in which neither Kate nor William are interviewed):

Despite Will and Kate’s new official titles—dude duke and duchess, respectively—Will made it clear at the wedding that he will continue to be addressed as Prince William, meaning Kate by default will be Princess Catherine, reports Vanity Fair writer Katie Nicholl. This may rattle some family hierarchies— the Countess of Wessex had wanted to be known as Princess Sophie, but had been forbidden by the Queen. The newest royal couple grace the July issue cover, with an exclusive portrait series by Mario Testino.

[From Vanity Fair]

Yeah, seriously! What’s the good of marrying a prince if you’re not going to be a princess?!? Sophie should be a princess too – after all, she married Prince Edward. And Kate should be too. Anyway, Testino talked more about what it was like to photograph Waity:

With wide smiles, they can barely conceal the excitement of their newly-announced engagement. In this never-before-seen photograph, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear close and relaxed – thrilled by thoughts of their impending big day. The photograph, taken by Mario Testino, graces the July cover of Vanity Fair.

It includes further portraits by Testino, such as the iconic picture of Princess Diana in 1997. The Peruvian photographer took William and Kate’s engagement pictures at St James’ Palace last November.

Though William, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales have all turned to Testino for pictures to commemorate milestones, the celebrated fashion photographer had never before captured Miss Middleton. But speaking the Mail On Sunday’s Katie Nicholl for the accompany interview in U.S. Vogue, he said he already felt ‘very confident’ she would be an ‘easy sitter’ because of her natural grace.

And last week, speaking at a gala in his honour in New York, the 56-year-old said he understood why he was chosen to take the photographs. Testino, a close friend of Diana’s, said: ‘I guess it was a way for them to keep William’s mother in the whole process of it.’

Despite the pressure of the shoot, Testino said the Duchess ‘looked fabulous’ and that the couple exuded ‘sheer happiness’. He added: ‘They are a young couple in love.’

The edition will lift the lid on the couple’s house-hunting and who does the chores around their Anglesey home. It describes the pair’s giggles as they watched their nuptials back on television, and recounts the moment Michael Middleton realised the relationship was serious – when Prince William arrived at his Berkshire home by helicopter.

It also recalls the rather surprising requests the pair had for their honeymoon suite – including Philadelphia cream cheese and Brussel sprouts. The July issue of Vanity Fair will be on news-stands on June 3, ahead of the newly-weds’ trip to Canada and California in July.

[From The Mail]

Meanwhile, the couple has been making more and more public plans. People Magazine confirms that William and Kate will in attendance at “the glamorous 10th Absolute Return for Kids gala dinner, to benefit the Foundation for Princes William and Harry” next week in London. Waity and Wills, on a red carpet! Add to that their recently-released Canadian and American itinerary for July, and this is going to The Summer of Waity. The Summer of (the Duchess of) Crumpets?



Additional Testino photos courtesy of WENN. VF cover courtesy of VF online/Hollywood Life.

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  1. constance says:

    Not even a good candid for the cover. They are slipping! Whole thing looks sooo budget and greasy.

  2. Bella Mama says:

    she wouldn’t be princess Katherine. She would be Princess William.

  3. brin says:

    Well, she’s not Waity anymore but Waity & Wills does have a nice ring to it!
    Can’t wait for the Waity & Wills US Tour!

  4. Daphne says:

    God, they bored me already. Go away!

  5. Roma says:

    Their Canadian itinerary seems somewhat random to me but I suppose they’re trying not to duplicate the Queen’s recent visit.

  6. InYoFace says:

    Uh Oh, in the engagement pic his royal head is framed in gold. I am aghast that the non-princess is positioned with her back to a corner with a door… whilst that pointy chandelier dangles like the proverbial Sword of Damocles (as in the Kanye art video) over her dainty head. Most inauspicious!!!

  7. cindy says:

    I never noticed before this cover pic that her jaw is crooked. I’m not saying it isn’t cute, it’s just distracting now that I’ve noticed it in that unfortunate photo, I am noticing it in every photo of her. Interesting.

  8. Missy says:

    This looks like the cover of a British celeb magazine. Was that intentional? Vanity Fair covees are usually much sleeker.

  9. Time out says:

    More reality t.v. royals and on tour? Oh good. Can’t wait for when things turn sour in the marriage and they go from wanting the public to worship their every relationship move to “our personal life is private”. Classic reality t.v. stars.

  10. Kara says:

    What I like about them is the following:
    a. never tmi (pitt and jolie could take a hint)
    b. no “stolen” and released porn tapes! (kartrashians and countless others we could have been spared}
    c. DIGNITY (it would be shorter to list HW stars with any)

    Okay, I know I sound like an old-fashioned curmudgeon but, seriously, this is plain old refreshing for me.

  11. Anastasia says:

    I don’t know, I quite like William in that cover pic. But not her, it’s a weird shot of her.

    Also not sure we should still be calling her Waity. She’s DONE waiting! 😉

  12. LunaT says:

    Cute cover pic. They look really happy.

    The photoshopping on the last one is so obvious and crap the shot would have been better off w/out it.

  13. JulieM says:

    She will always be Waity-she earned it!!!

    Bella Mama is correct: Princess William NOT Princess Catherine, er Waity. You have to be born with the title of Princess or gifted it by the Sovereign. Even the illustrious Katie Nicholl is wrong about that. Diana, Princess of Wales, NOT Princess Diana of Wales.

  14. eternalcanadian says:

    Whoa, that’s not a good picture of William and Catherine. Their smiles look so fake and forced. And William’s nose has never looked bigger or more downturned.

    If Catherine would stop with that heavy black eyeliner, her eyes would be so beautiful green!

    And definitely photoshopped because their wrinkles (William has quite a few already!) are gone.

    And to all the people that continue to call Catherine “Waity Kaity” that is just plain rude now. 😐

  15. HEB says:

    Kate will have plenty of time to be called Princess when she is Princess of Wales.

    Sophie just has to get used to it, she’s the wife of the third son. The THIRD. Get over it.

  16. feebee says:

    I’ve never heard Camilla be referred to as Princess Camilla… technically Charles was given a dukedom but I guess being Prince of Wales trumps that, so how come Camilla is referred to as Duchess of (cornwall?) and not Princess Camilla or Camilla, Princess of Wales as hubby is Prince Charles??

    Sarah Ferguson was always the Duchess of York, never Princess Sarah so Sophie will as HEB rightly said, get over it.

    However I get the impression the Queen gives Prince William a bit more slack. So perhaps if the media does take to calling Kate Princess Catherine there won’t be a royal hammer falling on them.

    And I hate it when there’s an article I’d buy the magazine for when the cover article is not something I want them to think was why I bought it. This isn’t the usual look for Vanity Fair.

  17. Kara says:

    Camilla chose to be called the Duchess of Cornwall. That is one of several titles which she has. She chose not to be known as the Princess of Wales although that is indeed one of her titles.

  18. fannomore says:

    b o r i n g

  19. stacia says:

    I read in a European newspaper, Camilla declined to use Princess of Wales as respect for the memory of Diana. William actually wanted people to call Kate a Princess (like his mom), and originally TURNED DOWN the Dukedom, but the queen was against it and at last minute gave them the titles Duke & Duchess to avoid the Diana effect. A major cock block by the queen, I think.

  20. Abby says:

    I’m a photographer. He used a wide angle lens and their features are super distorted. She’s not really so disfigured looking in reality 😉

    Horrible picture, but I’ve really disliked almost all of his work on their engagement photos.

  21. Aqua says:

    Boy, their’s nothing but teeth on this cover.They could almost pass for being Osmonds.

  22. Emily says:

    I don’t think the first shot is photshopped. If it was, why wouldn’t they fix Will’s hairline in it, like in the other two shots?

    It is funny that they didn’t bother to Photoshop his hairline when they so obviously did in the other two. It’s like they just covered it with the ‘VANITY’ of Vanity Fair and hoped no one would notice.

  23. really says:

    Kate needs to start popping babies, like yesterday!!!!! Get her heir on! Don’t wait for some litte ole tender “mistress” to drop and fall on her husband and get preggers…….. act now! Strategize now……..

  24. phaksi says:

    She will be Waity forever more. It’s always the mean nicknames that stick