English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, designed the bridal gown worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (née Middleton), at her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on 29 April 2011.
The dress and its maker were not formally announced until the bride stepped from her car to enter Westminster Abbey just prior to the service. Noted for its design, symbolism, and expected influence on Western bridal gown trends, the dress was widely anticipated and generated much comment in the media. Replicas of the dress were produced and sold, and the original dress was on display at Buckingham Palace from 23 July 2011 until 3 October 2011 during the annual summer exhibition.
Official statements noted that Middleton wished to combine tradition and modernity, “with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.” She and Burton worked closely together in formulating the dress design.
The ivory satin bodice was padded slightly at the hips and narrowed at the waist, and was inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry that is a particular Alexander McQueen hallmark. The bodice incorporated floral motifs cut from machine-made lace, which were then appliquéd on to silk net (tulle) by workers from the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. On the back were 58 buttons of gazar and organza, which fasten by means of rouleau loops. The skirt, underskirt trim and bridal train (which measured 270 cm — 110in) also incorporated lace appliquéd in a similar manner. The main body of the dress was made in ivory and white satin gazar, using UK fabrics which had been specially sourced by Sarah Burton, with a long, full skirt designed to echo an opening flower, with soft pleats which unfolded to the floor, forming a Victorian-style semi-bustle at the back, and finishing in a short train measuring just under three metres in length. To partially fulfill the ‘something blue’ portion of the British wedding tradition, a blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress. The design for the bodice of the dress featuring lace in the style of the 19th Century was the ‘something old’. (x)
‘Starts where 3B stops, with Kate attacking Derek in the loft. She kidnaps him to Mexico, and Stiles, Scott, and Lydia rush to find him before Kate can inflict too much damage. She inflicts enough, and Derek retreats into his mind to escape the horrors of his situation. The Derek they find is not the one that left Beacon Hills.’
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“There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.”
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents the 1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen with shamrocks during the annual Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks on March 17, 2018 in Hounslow, England.
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HRH Catherine Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cambridge
How could I chose anyone else? Kate is a literal Disney princess, with gorgeous hair and stunning legs. She is beautiful and elegant and the epitome of grace. Kate is the best mama to her little prince and princess and her love for William renews my hope in fairy tales. She always has
time for people and genuinely cares for those she sees. On top of all that, she is becoming a truly amazing royal. She is improving in numbers and, more importantly, taking on more and more engagements which truly mean something to her. Heads Together was her baby and IT MADE A DIFFERENCE. She is an actual cupcake. I’m so proud of my angel; little Katie from school has grown into a fucking queen.
(I was swimming in holy water, now I’m drowning down the river)
01. I need a saint, I need a god / 02. I saw things I should never see, someone you look up to crying in their bed, someone you want to be losing their head / 03. a dark world aches for a splash of the sun / 04. lay my body down, down upon the water, wrapped up in the clothes of my mother and my father / 05. I was an angel, someone’s sweet thing with flowers in my hair / 06. I love high, I speak out, I lay our truths on a table, I’ve been through a thing or two by now / 07. way back then when I hadn’t seen half them things I never thought I’d see, become someone I never thought I’d be / 08. count your blessings not your flaws / 09. hold my head underwater, take a breath for the father