The Simply Luxurious Life®: Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Unveiled  

April 29, 2011

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Unveiled

Despite the denial, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen’s design house is the designer of Kate Middleton’s much awaited wedding gown. With beautiful transparent hand cut English and French Chantilly lace overlay upon the shoulders and arms (per protocol that shoulder must not be bare) and a V-neck to a very tapered and tucked bodice, Kate looked the part of a queen in waiting.  The train being a modest and perfectly suited almost nine feet in length, she did in fact wear a tiara which has been long speculated on by the media.

The Cartier “halo” tiara that Middleton wore was lent to her by the Queen who was given the tiara on her 18th birthday from her mother, and the earrings were given to her as a gift from her parents, Michael and Carole, created by Robinson Pelham inspired by the Middleton family's new coat of arms.

In a statement released by the palace announcing the choice of Alexander McQueen, "Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing.  Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen's work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress."

At precisely 10:51 am, Kate Middleton stepped into the Queen’s Rolls Royce with her father for the drive to Westminister Abbey.  Immediately it was clear she chose to let her beautiful hair fall upon her lace covered shoulders.  Stunning indeed.

“Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire,” a statement shared during the wedding ceremony by one officials.  More truer words couldn’t be spoken about Kate Middleton and her electrifying effect on the world.

Many of you tweeting while the wedding was occurring live immediately pointed out that her dress was similar to that of Grace Kelly’s (a gift from the MGM Studio and designed by Helen Rose), and wow, what similarity indeed.

Kate was helped with her train by her younger sister, and maid of honor, Pippa (who also wore Alexander McQueen).

Now, officially we can call her a princess.  The couple’s official title – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Congratulations – a beautiful ceremony and yes, they did kiss twice on the balcony.

Click here to view more of the fabulous hats and fascinators.

Image: (1)US Magazine (2) Source (4) Source and the rest Zimbio, The Daily Beast and AP, last image – Musings In Femininity

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At April 29, 2011 at 4:44 AM , Blogger Slim Paley said...

So beautiful! The best part is how wonderfully happy and comfortable they look together!
I LOVE that Kate chose McQueen (not to mention, so happy I bought 'le Smoking' tux from McQueen just yesterday in NY :) )

At April 29, 2011 at 6:56 AM , Blogger Mama Pea said...

I love the dress! Definitely reminiscent of Grace Kelly's. The lace sleeves, neckline, A-line skirt - all perfect. I love her sister's dress, too.

At April 29, 2011 at 7:34 AM , Blogger The English Organizer said...

Gorgeous pics, thank you.
Umm, I think I loved her sister's dress even more...

At April 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM , Blogger lexi920 said...

Thumbs up for going with McQueen!

At April 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Lorrie said...

Just lovely. William and Kate look wonderfully happy together. I wish them much joy.

At April 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Yelena Starikova said...

The Dress was stunning! Made me wanna cry~ that beautiful!

At April 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Plami said...

It was such a beautiful ceremony! Breathtaking!!!! And Kate was spectacular! McQueen definitely was the perfect choice!


At April 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

now that's a PRETTY girl! - i love her minamlist style - but i think the bottom half of the dress, all that heavy satin, NO GO for me - i'm just not a fan of satin wedding dresses - just weighs them down too much ..

At April 29, 2011 at 2:42 PM , Blogger Carrie said...

I think Kate looked absolutely stunning and the dress was perfect. Thank you for the great collection of pictures.
Have a fab weekend Shannon, I can't believe May is just around the corner.

At April 30, 2011 at 6:10 AM , Blogger Shopgirl said...

What a beautiful post :)


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