The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Big Day!!
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge..and now for THAT dress. Just before Sarah Burton’s AW11 collection show for Alexander McQueen, in Paris, rumour mills were swirling that Burton was the chosen designer to swirl Catherine and the Royal Monarchy into 21st century glamour, even though more designers entered the pit, personally I felt Sarah Burton was the natural choice, due to her signature dramatic and exquisitely tailored collections, which she learnt under the guidance of the man himself, Lee McQueen – and how proud he would be.
Catherine was determined to keep details of the gown under wraps in the run up to her big day in order to maintain an element of surprise for her husband, Prince William. This secret worked wonderfully as when Catherine met William at the isle he whispered “You look so beautiful”.
And beautiful she was. The design flattered Catherine’s small frame and seemed to blend tradition with subtle modernity.
The bodice and train were decorated with handcrafted lace appliquéd flowers and the intricate train stretched 2m, 70cm, fairly modest compared to Catherine’s late mother in law, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Four floral emblems were incorporated into the lace design, the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
Once I saw my first glimpse of the dress, it echoed exactly what I loved from Princess Grace of Monaco, a beautiful high neckline and long sleeve lace bodice.
St James’s Palace said Catherine opted for McQueen because of the “beauty of its craftsmanship”.
Catherine wore her hair in a half-up-half-down semi chignon with the Queen’s tiara as her something borrowed. A blue ribbon was sewn inside the gown to represent ‘something blue’ and for “something new” Catherine wore a stunning diamond, pear shaped, drop earrings, gifted by her parents.
Her sister Pippa Middleton, the maid-of-honour, also wore a stunning full length ivory gown while the bridesmaids wore beautiful creations by Nikki Macfarlane, with fabulous full, box pleated skirts.
For the evening reception, more Sarah Burton creations were chosen. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a serene satin, strapless, full-circle skirt gown with diamante detail at the waist, with an angora bolero. (Which I am sure was removed when the cameras disappeared!)
Her sister Pippa shimmered in an emerald green Temperley gown with the most amazing diamante back.
The day, without a drop of rain, was everything and more than I expected, and I wish our new Royal couple a very happy future. To see the official photos click here