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All the Juicy Details….about the dress !

So here’s what I know:

* the fabric was ivory and white satin gazar.

* the lace on her gown included  rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs, handmade by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court. These are the 4 emblems of the UK- Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

* the lace was made in the Carrickmacross fashion, an form of lacework started in the 1890’s in Ireland.

* all the fabric used was sourced from and supplied by British companies.

* the lace motifs are pinned on and applied (hence the name applique) with stab stitching.

* workers washed their hands every 30 minutes so as not to soil the lace and threads. Sewing needles were renewed every 3 hours to ensure sharpness and cleanliness.

* the train (small by Diana standards) was just over 6 feet.

* her lace edged veil (worn over her face down the aisle-not a typical royal tradition) was secured with a Cartier “Halo” tiara. Borrowed from the Queen which had being given to her by her mother (the Queen Mom) who had received it from her husband King George VI (“The Kings Speech”) are you keeping up with me ?

* Princess Catherine’s bouquet (I’m undecided about it) was a shield shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily of the valley, sweet William and hyacinth:

* myrtle - first used by Queen Victoria and a symbol of fidelity in marriage.

* Lily of the Valley- also called the “May Lily” means a “return to happiness” symbolising chastity, purity, luck and humility.

* Sweet William - a nod perhaps to her future husband and a wonderfully fragrant flower.

* Hyacinth- again a very fragrant flower, has roots in Greek mythology and symbolises sport and play.

So that’s it for now….no word on her shoes but I did see Prince Philip sporting spurs !!