With the Royal Wedding just HOURS away, it is a safe bet that Miss Catherine Middleton (using her formal “commoner” name while we still can!) has selected her own divine gown for her upcoming ceremony, which of course has the world waiting with bated breath. But to digress for a moment from Kate’s attire, it’s also interesting to ponder what the future princess has chosen for her bridesmaid dress.

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Kate’s lovely sister Philippa is of course her Maid of Honor, and adorable Prince Harry will serve as his big brother’s Best Man, but the royal family has been mum on the size of the royal bridal party to accompany the couple on the altar of Westminster Abbey come Friday, April 29, 2011. Kate’s “bridesmaids” are actually what we here in the States would call “flower girls”- i.e. under the age of 10. Aside from being totally adorable, it’s actually sort of smart to keep the bridal party to her one sister plus little tots, to avoid stepping on any political or royal toes when selecting a bridal party. You could just imagine how every cousin or college chum of Kate’s would be expecting to be included on the most special of days.

It’s a safe bet that most of us will serve as a bridesmaid at least once in our life. Maybe not 27 times with taffeta, tulle and saris, but it’s still in every girl’s best interest to keep a semi-eye on the bridesmaid fashion horizon. Here, I speculate about what Philippa Middleton herself might wear for the royal wedding. Let’s give little sis a moment in the sun, as the world watches her sister’s every move.

Historically, orange was the first popular “wedding color”, dating back to Queen Victoria, who carried orange blossoms when she wed Prince Albert in 1840. The ivory gowns for her twelve bridesmaids actually started the trend of a white wedding dress (useless wedding trivia at no extra charge), but the orange bouquet was featured across the globe for years to come.  I don’t think orange will be seen in fabric form at the royal wedding, however.

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My guess for the royal wedding colors? The gold border on the invite might be a clue, but it might just be fitting with the formality of an invite coming from, you know, the Queen of England. If I had to bet, I would ponder that Kate might be selecting a royal blue hue for her ladies-in-waiting. Given the springtime season and Britain’s notoriously dreary weather, the proper shade of blue would allow the ladies to stand out, rain or shine. Any shade of sapphire would beautifully complement Kate’s gorgeous engagement ring, and stay in the same color family of the now-famous Issa dress she wore alongside her prince to announce her engagement.

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So for those of you NOT obsessed with the royal wedding or currently trolling for bridesmaid dresses, it’s still an interesting avenue of fashion that one day, most of us will be highly interested in if not subjected to. Thankfully, the propensity for peach Little Bo Peep frocks are contained to Katherine Heigl films. Who else will be watching obsessively as Phillipa’s-oh and Kate’s – wedding attire will be revealed? Just a few more hours to go!!!