Some of the most highly anticipated details of any Royal Wedding are around what the bride will wear. This was no different with Catherine Middleton. Now we know what THE dress looks like and it was stunning.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as Prince William and Kate Middleton have now been titled, made a handsome couple, visibly very much in love. Now Kate Middleton has joined the House of Windsor, her official title will become “Her Royal Highness the Princess William of Wales”. She can be addressed as “Catherine” or “Ma’am” (rhyming with “ham”). In Scotland, they will be known by another title: the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.
The wedding dress was truly stunning yet understated in its beauty. Designed by Sarah Burton, creative director at the fashion house the late Alexander McQueen, was an ivory gown with lace appliqué floral detail. It was high-necked, with a sweetheart neckline and sculpted long-sleeved bodice in lace contoured to the waist and hips. The decoration was of delicate lace appliqué flowers, handcrafted using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique originating in Ireland in the 1820s.
The train, measuring just 2.7 meters, was modest in comparison to many previous royal brides, including William’s late mother Princess Diana whose train was 7.6 meters. But it suited Kate perfectly.
The outfit was finished off beautifully with a small pearl and diamond tiara that the Queen loaned to Catherine for the day. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen) by her mother on her 18th birthday.
Her bridal bouquet of small and elegant all white affair was a breath of fresh 21st century air. A detail I loved was that some Sweet William flowers were included as a touching tribute to her husband to-be.
The wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold as is traditional for the Royal family. It is a plain, slim gold band made by Royal warrant holders Wartski. Prince William’s grandmother the Queen gave her grandson William the gold as a wedding present. William will not wear a wedding ring as he does not normally wear any jewelry.
Prince William was dressed in the dress uniform of a Colonel of the Irish Guards. Prince Harry wore the uniform of the Blues and Royals, the Household Cavalry. Both looked smart and dignified but also thoroughly modern: brothers with a very close relationship.
Catherine’s sister Pippa was Maid of Honor, led four other bridesmaids; their simple, white dresses which were beautifully in keeping with the English country garden theme of the wedding. Pippa’s dress was also designed and created by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. It was made of a heavy, ivory satin- crepe, with a cowl front and the button detail and lace trims matched those of the bride’s dress. There were also two page boys in livery with knickerbockers.
All in all, the wedding party looked truly amazing. The modern yet elegant wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses sat comfortably beside the traditional military dress uniform of the uniform.
Well, that’s my opinion. But you tell me what you thought of Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress and what everyone else wore.