What Kate Middleton and Prince William Wore [FULL DETAILS]
Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. It’s made with ivory and white satin gazar, and its train measures two metres and 70 centimetres.
Middleton’s veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which were embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, where the lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt were hand-made as well. Her veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Middleton by The Queen. Middleton’s ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936, and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King.
The bride’s earrings, made by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylized oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the center. The idea for the earrings came from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were a gift to the bride from her parents for the Royal Wedding. Middleton’s wedding shoes were hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen, and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
Middleton’s bouquet, designed by Shane Connolly, is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet actually contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947. Myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.
Prince William is wearing the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards. He’s also wearing a gold and crimson sash, and gold sword slings, both of which are worn in the presence of a member of the Royal Family. Adorning his uniform as well as are the Garter Sash with the Wings of the Royal Air Force, the Garter Star and the Golden Jubilee Medal.
The Prince’s Forage Cap features the Insignia of the Irish Guards, with its eight-pointed star and the regiment’s motto, “Quis Separabit?” (“Who shall separate us?”). Prince William’s uniform was fitted by Kashket and Partners.
So what do you think of the newly ennobled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding outfit?