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.
Kate’s Wedding Dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen:
Kate displayed a wished for the gown to combine tradition and modernity. The design shows the influence of Victorian dress in details such as the cinched in waist, padded hips and bustle a top the nine foot train, but also with a modern cut in a modern fabric – satin gazar. The dress is fastened at the back and at the cuffs by tiny buttons covered in satin gazar and silk tulle. The lace appliqué on the dress is in a unique design made from six types of lace. The appliquéd lace which covers the bodice and sleeves, the skirt and the train evokes the theme of the language of flowers, evident in many elements of the wedding from the flowers to the wedding cake. The lace design also incorporates the National emblems of the UK (Rose, Thistle, Shamrock and Daffodil). The dress has a sense of grandeur appropriate to the importance of the occasion and retains a sense of modesty in keeping with The Duchess of Cambridge’s wishes.
Kate chose to wear the Cartier “halo” tiara, made in 1936. It was purchased by the Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife and was later given to Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, as an 18th birthday present. Kate’s custom made-to-match earrings by Robinson Pelham were a present from her parents. The earrings, with acorn motifs, were inspired by the new Middleton family crest. Kate’s wedding ring is a band of Welsh gold by Wartski, which also crafted Welsh-gold wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla. Kate wore matching, custom-made heels by McQueen with the same lace applique as seen on her gown.
British Royal Jewels - The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara
The tiara was purchased from Cartier by the Duke of York (future King George VI) for the Duchess of York (the Queen Mother) in 1936. The tiara, featuring 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds appears to create a real halo of light, hence it’s named the “Halo tiara”. This tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth II for her eighteenth birthday and she has subsequently loaned it to her sister Princess Margaret and her daughter Princess Anne. It was the tiara selected for Kate Middleton for her marriage to Prince William, April 29, 2011.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress was designed by the London-based designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
THE DRESS & VEIL:The corseted bodice - featuring narrow lace sleeves - and padded skirt, pleated into a bustle effect, are signature McQueen. It harked back to the Victorian era. Designer Sarah Burton sourced a series of lace motifs to create a unique design, including thistles, roses, shamrocks and daffodils. THE TIARA: Kate’s head was adorned by an exquisite Cartier “Halo” tiara instead of a garland of flowers. Made of platinum and diamonds, it was lent to her by the Queen - signifying “something borrowed”. It was made by the French jewellers in 1936 and was originally given to the Monarch for her 18th birthday. THE TRAIN:The train, measuring just under 9ft, was modest in comparison to the almost 25ft train worn by Diana. It was pieced together like petals on a blossoming flower. It was made of layers of soft, ivory silk netting with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers made by the Royal School of Needlework.
↳ 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.
“I wonder if Kate Middleton actually likes to wear a tiaras? We saw her with the Cartier “Halo” Tiara at her wedding. Then just 1 snap shot of her wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara. Or maybe the queen doesn’t want to lend her tiaras to her.” - Submitted by flagboy1985