updated 04/21/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/16/1999 AT 12:00 AM ET
There will be a newly slimmed-down Sophie Rhys-Jones tying the knot with Prince Edward this Saturday. Britain’s lively tabloid the Sun reports that the bride-to-be dropped more than 20 pounds in anticipation of the big event. “Sophie has told friends she ‘feels fantastic’ after dropping a dress size by cutting out fatty foods and taking exercise,” says the paper. She went from size 12 to 10 – and can sometimes slip into a size 8 (these are American sizes). Adds the Sun: “She now tips the scales at under nine stone (about 125 pounds), and Edward is said to be ‘delighted.’”
In other news of Saturday’s Royal Wedding:
- “The Queen is resisting Prince Edward’s wish to become a Duke when he marries Sophie Rhys-Jones,” says Britain’s Sunday Express, which reports that when the couple became engaged last January it was thought Edward would be made the Duke of Cambridge. (That would mean Sophie would become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.) Says the paper: “The Queen is understood to be reluctant to give her youngest child such a high profile title at the beginning of his marriage. Insiders say she thinks it would only add to the scrutiny and pressure the newlyweds face.”
- Scalpers are charging 1,000 pounds for a pair of tickets to watch the Royal Wedding, according to published reports. “Invites were issued on a first-come, first-served basis after Edward and Sophie said they wanted 8,000 ‘ordinary’ people at their big day at Windsor Castle,” reveals the Sunday Mail. “But hundreds of the invitations – which allow the bearer into the castle precincts –are now appearing on the black market.”
- “Princess Margaret, who is recovering from scalding her feet after slipping into a bath on Mustique last March, will have to use a wheelchair at the wedding,” reports the Daily Mail. “A friend says: ‘She is very sensitive about it and doesn’t want to be photographed. She’ll enter the ceremony via a side door of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, where she’ll sit among the Garter Knights.” Margaret, who is the Queen’s sister (and the groom’s aunt), isn’t expected to attend the party after the ceremony.