Confession: I’m not over the Royal Wedding yet! I’m still reeling and reading all the news that’s been reported about the wedding the world over. And I can’t get over Kate’s dress: a beautiful piece of work by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen who designed the most elegant bridal gown ever for the princess.
The bride, now HRH Duchess of Cambridge, did her own makeup for the wedding, and she looked absolutely flawless. With smoky eyes and rosy cheeks, her beauty radiated against her jewels. Something borrowed was the Cartier halo tiara, a diamond beauty made in 1936, on loan by the Queen. Her earrings were a wedding gift by her parents, which matched the tiara perfectly.
The best kept secret in town, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was Kate’s chosen bridal gown designer. After months of speculation, it turned out that Kate favoured the British label after all to design her a classic wedding gown worthy of a billion pictures. The bodice was lace encrusted with scalloped neckline and a corset, a signature McQueen touch. The train was shorter than Diana’s at 2.7 m which befitted the ceremony’s modest settings. The simple veil was made of silk tulle bordered with French Chantilly lace. I absolutely loved the lacy sleeves, a reminiscence of Grace Kelly.
Prince William wore his Irish Guard regiment uniform in red which I find very unusual for a groom. Nonetheless, he looks very dashing and smart.
The Maid of Honour
Philippa Middleton, or Pippa, also wore a Sarah Burton’s designed ivory satin crepe gown with capped sleeves and a cowl neckline. Simple and refined for a maid of honour to the future Queen.
The Best Man
Prince Harry arrived in his Captain of the Household Calvary uniform to match his uniformed brother as his best man. His black coat with gold and red embellishments was a complement to Prince William’s red attire.
Prince Charles, in his calvary uniform, accompanied the Duchess of Cornwall upon arriving into Westminster Abbey. Duchess of Cornwall wore a lovely hand-embroidered Anna Valentine champagne silk dress and duck egg blue coat with Jimmy Choo and Philip Treacy hat.
Mother of the bride, Carole Middleton, opted for a pale blue Catherine Walker wool crepe coat-dress over a matching silk dress, with a matching Jane Corbett hat.
The Queen wore an all yellow ensemble to her grandson’s big day. She looked so cheerful in a primrose dress and coat by Angela Kelly.
For the private reception dinner hosted by Prince Charles for just 300 close family and friends, the groom prince changed from his red uniform to a classic tuxedo. Kate changed into another Burton designed Alexander McQueen dress for the private dinner reception. The new dress is white satin gazar and strapless, with silver diamante embroidery at the waist and a circle skirt giving a similar silhouette to her wedding gown, which Kate paired with a cropped angora sweater.
Pippa wore a luxurious green satin gown designed by Alice Temperley with a plunging neckline, while Carole Middleton wore a stunning black chiffon dress.
All photos above are sourced via Getty Images through various websites. I do not own any of the photos.
Bonus! The day after as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Catherine.