Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Dress
Kate Middleton has married Prince William in a dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
The designer was only named as the bride, 29, arrived at Westminster Abbey with her father Michael.
She had been determined to keep the gown a total secret in the run-up to her marriage to retain an element of mystery for Prince William.
And her efforts worked perfectly because as she came alongside her husband-to-be, he leant in and said: “You look so beautiful.”
It was a long sleeved lace, ivory and satin gown. The neckline was a striking V-neck and flattered her half up, half down hairdo. Her train was 8 feet long and tended to by her sister and bridesmaid Pippa. It flowed down from the pleated skirt. Queen Elizabeth II lent Kate her Cartier halo tiara. The teardrop diamond earrings were a gift from her family.
Kate looked stunning in her dress designed by Alexander McQueen’s successor Sarah BurtonRead
Pippa Middleton (Kate’s sister) with bridesmaids Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes
Burton, 36, was tipped as the designer back in March but the McQueen label had denied the rumours to keep Kate’s secret.
Originally from Manchester, she took over as creative director at McQueen after the designer’s suicide last year.
She started at the label as an intern in the 90s before joining full-time on leaving St Martin’s College in 1997.
Over a period of 14 years, she became McQueen’s closest aide. She has previously designed one-off creations for Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga.
Designing the wedding dress has been hailed as the biggest commission ever and is set to catapult Burton to worldwide fame.
Kate,now the Duchess of Cambridge, is said to have been heavily involved in the design of the dress and apparently had very clear ideas about how it should look.
Her mother Carole chose the Catherine Walker label for her outfit – a sky blue dress and matching long coat. Her hat was by the family favourite Jane Corbett.
Catherine Walker, who died of cancer last year, was a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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