Royal Wedding Dresses: HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge
On April 29th, 2011, Catherine Middleton and Prince William got married at Westminster Abby. The Bride chose Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen as her designer for her big day. The dress has a corset bodice, with narrow sleeves, and a padded skirt. The dress was made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The ivory satin bodice is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, The back is covered with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.
Her train was a modest 9ft. It was made of layers of soft, ivory silk netting with hand embroidered flowers.
Her bouquet was in a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family, and on the Language of Flowers.
Catherine was given the Cartier Halo Tiara for her big day. It was lent to her by The Queen. It was made by Cartier in 1936 and was originally given to the Queen for her 18th birthday.
Catherine chose James Pryce as her stylist. A nine-man team backcombed her hair on top to give it height, then it was smoothed with lacquer and the long tresses were curled at the back.
Catherine opted to do her own make-up for the important day. The diamond earnings were given to her by her parents and were made by society jewelers Robinson Pelham. They have an oak leaf outline and an acorn shaped diamond suspended in the centre.
↳ The Cartier Halo tiara was lent by Queen Elizabeth to Catherine on the occassion of her marriage to Prince William. Made by Cartier in 1936, the Halo tiara was purchased by the Duke of York for the Duchess of York just three weeks before he became King George VI, and she became Queen Consort. The tiara was passed on to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth, who has made a practice of lending it out. Princess Margaret and Princess Anne were both photographed quite a few times in the Halo Tiara.