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Princess Kate - Royal Bride Favours McQueen Dress

It was the moment that everyone was waiting for, the first glimpse of Kate Middleton’s dress on the day of her Royal wedding. For the onlookers gathered along the route around central London, outside Westminster Abbey, and for the viewers at home, all eyes were on the bride as she stepped out of the car that took her to the ceremony on April 29th.

In recent months, speculation has grown but it has always been believed that Kate would favour a British designer. The media highlighted possible dressmakers as Victoria Beckham, Brazilian Issa designer - Daniella Helayel – of Kate’s engagement dress fame, and the late Alexander McQueen. Well after such speculation in the British media and such secrecy between Kate and all involved in the planning of the wedding, it was revealed that Sarah Burton, Creative Director at Alexander McQueen, was the chosen designer.

The dress in question was adorned with lace through an appliqué feature bodice and skirt. The bridal train was a modest 2 metres but was in keeping with the beautiful simplicity of the creation. A sheer white veil lightly covered Kate’s face, a tiara in place on the head of her simple and elegant hairstyle of half up, half down. The Queen presented the Cartier “Halo” tiara to Kate which, in turn, had been presented to the Queen when she was a young Princess, on her 18th birthday by her mother.

All materials for the dress were sourced from Britain and supplied by British companies. Floral designs of rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock were used as lace motifs. These designs are said to represent each of the nations that make up Great Britain. The lace motifs were handmade at Hampton Court Palace’s Royal School of Needlework. Miss Burton described the process of making the dress as: "experience of a lifetime".

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