Perfume designer Kim Weisswange, whose clients include Madonna, Vivienne Westwood and even Britain's Prince Charles, says she has been commissioned by the British royal family to create William and Kate's official wedding fragrances.
"When I got the call my heart stood still," the Hamburg-based perfumer said in a London Evening Standard interview. "It is a dream commission that comes only once in a lifetime. This is a great honour for me."
It's Who You Know
The perfumer came to the British royal family's attention when Prince Charles noticed the scent she created for the wedding of another member of the nobility. An order was subsequently received from a member of the British royal family for three fragrances on the occasion of the Queen's 80th birthday in 2006.
The family member, who Weisswange refuses to name, has now commissioned fragrances for William and Kate's wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29.
Weisswange refuses to reveal how much the royal family member is paying for the two fragrances.
"But I have to admit that in this instance it's more about the honour than the money," she says.
Scents Befitting a Prince and Princess
Every detail of the upcoming wedding is being kept a closely guarded secret but as the perfumes are presents from a family member, Weisswange is allowed to discuss her creations.
The royal wedding scents, appropriately named William and Catherine, are inspired by "the character and personalities" of the royal couple, and are packaged in respectively sleek black and white atomisers.
Prince William's scent is a "sporty and powerful" combination of Norfolk lavender and agarwood, with the top-note affected by bergamot.
Kate Middleton's wedding perfume is a softer rose and magnolia scent, with the rose essence used in memory of Princess Diana.
Weisswange, who specializes in wedding-day fragrances, says it's important that the fragrances not only fit each person individually but that they are in harmony with each other.
Smell Like Royalty
Weisswange says she plans on producing the William and Kate fragrances for retail sale, right after the royal wedding on April 29.