Say It With Scent: A Royal Welcome For Wills And Kate-------
Royal watchers enjoying Prince William and Kate Middleton’s tour of the Great White North were no doubt thrilled to see today’s pictures of the couple at the Calgary stampede—cowboy hats and all. But the moment everyone south of the border has been waiting for—the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s U.S. arrival—is upon us. The pair has reportedly touched down in California and the House of Creed is ready to greet them. The famed family-owned fragrance company that dates back to the eighteenth century has long ties with the British crown, having served as perfumer to Queen Victoria, and more recently creating its Royal Water as a tribute to Princess Diana. For the newlyweds, the brand has prepared a special preview gift of Royal Oud, a woody oriental due out in October. Meant to evoke the scent of a gilded, marble-encrusted Persian palace, the bergamot, cedar, galbanum, Indian oud, and Tonkin musk eau will be presented to William and Kate at the Santa Barbara Polo Club tomorrow, when the Duke himself will be playing in a charity match for the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The Creed polo team, which is unfortunately otherwise engaged on Saturday, has also made a donation in the couple’s honor to one of their favorite charities; Tusk USA is a non-profit devoted to tracking down African poachers.