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Hillary juggles non-stop global diplomacy with wedding preparations

09 JULY 2010
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Like any mother of the bride Hillary has been consulted on everything from dresses to flowers when her hectic schedule has allowed for it
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"It truly is the most important thing in my life right now," she told a TV interviewer in one of her trips abroad 
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Wedding guests have already booked out this inn in the town of Rhinebeck, north of New York City 
Looking at Hillary Clinton's schedule for the last six weeks is enough to bring anyone out in a cold sweat of exhaustion.

Seoul, Beijing, Tbilisi and Krakow have been just some of stops on the US Secretary of State's recent itinerary.

Just spare a thought then for America's top diplomat because she's been combining promoting democracy and defusing international crises with matters like choosing bridal bouquets.

In three weeks time her only child with former US president Bill Clinton, 30-year-old Chelsea will become Mrs Marc Mezvinsky and mum has been involved every step of the way.

"It truly is the most important thing in my life right now," she told a TV interviewer.

"Luckily, we have email now. I can communicate and people can send me picture of flower arrangements and other kinds of decisions."

She added that she had managed "to fit in tastings and dress selections and all the other things a mother of the bride has to do" with her hectic travelling.

Her husband Bill has also had an important task. He joked that their daughter has demanded he lose weight so that he would look better in the photos of the big day.

Chelsea and her fiancé, a banker with Goldman Sachs, are thought to be tying the knot on July 31 in the picturesque town of Rhinebeck, 100 miles north of New York city.

They will become man and wife at Astor Courts, a 50-acre estate, offering spectacular views of the Hudson river, once belonging to late tycoon John Jacob Astor.

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