Carla Bruni acknowledged in a French TV interview (titled "Carla Bruni in complete freedom") show that her wedding with Mr Sarkozy was planned only 2 days in advance. That was the reason why she chose a dress "off the rack" from Hermes' Parisian boutique.
She also revealed she curtsied to Queen Elizabeth in the French State Visit (although wifes of the head of state don't need to): "she revealed she was nervous about meeting the Queen and was given specific instructions by diplomats on what to wear and say". Carla says: "I really wanted to curtsy to the Queen, and we had a lot of fun with my friend Marianne Faithfull, who had already met the Queen," Bruni-Sarkozy said. "She (Faithfull) is a British citizen, and she showed me 50 different kinds of curtsies, including some that involved practically throwing yourself on the floor, and it was very funny. I did not imagine that people would talk about the curtsy that much afterwards," she added.