The Summer I Died
Author: Richard Anthony

Chapter 14
Anna's Special Day

All the preparations for the largest and most spectacular celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation of any Princess were completed. The invitations went out, and the King invited the Pope to preside over the Sacrament. The Pope’s replied by announcing he would clear his schedule and be there.
The Cathedral’s decorations were the finest that the kingdom had to offer. The invited guests wore their best costumes, party attire, formal dress, and military dress.
Festive decorations surrounded all of the countryside around the palace in cheerful colors, banners, ribbons and flowers in celebration of this special day for their Princess.
The Queen commissioned a special dress for her daughter, the Infanta Anna Clara Eugenia of Nuevo Hispania. The fabulous dress consisted of an ankle to floor length gown made with the purest, snowiest soft, crepe de chine silk, satin, and lace. Sprinkled throughout was a King’s ransom in precious stones including; diamonds, pearls and emeralds that enhanced the beauty of the gorgeous A-Line silhouette gown, supported by thick sophisticated half-inch shoulder straps.
Constructed of a luxurious combination of matte satin and sheer, pleated organza, asymmetrical layers of satin flare out at the hip gently like the petals of a flower, revealing the ethereal layer of sheer organza underneath.
The pleated waistband flattered her waist, and accented by a large bow with large pearl flower beads and a sash that draped down toward the hem.
The full, ballroom-style skirt was supported by crinoline and featured graceful pick-ups around the entirety of the skirt, all accented with matching diamond flowers.
Decorating the bodice was an intricate pattern of curvilinear vines and dainty flowers encrusted with sparkling diamonds and emeralds.
The gown also had a sophisticated button back enclosure with a detachable bow made of silk and tiny beaded pearl buttons, with a built-in crinoline to maximize fullness.
Anna’s dress came with a full court silk train trimmed with delicate laced embroidery embedded with diamonds that sparkled as she walked.
Accompanying this gown was full-length satin gloves trimmed with baby pearls that tastefully accented the gown and a charming silk/satin bolero trimmed in royal green silk.
To finish off the ensemble, Anna wore her royal tiara; made with platinum and diamonds forming the Fleur-De-Lys, the heraldic emblem of the House of Bourbon. It was set off with five cabochon emeralds that were spaced evenly around the tiara.
The final touches of her Sacrament attire were a pair of drop emerald earrings that set off Anna’s deep green eyes.
‘She is beautiful,’ her father thought as she entered the Cathedral.
‘We are losing our baby girl,’ thought her mother as Anna walked down the aisle of the storybook cathedral.
Anna looked through her peripheral vision and saw the couple of hundred people gathered in the cathedral, and knew that tens of thousands more were outside or at home watching via the visual monitoring system, and was content.
‘They are here for me,’ she thought.
‘My people truly love me.’


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