Kate’s Sarah Burton wedding gown could go on display
The Duchess of Cambridge’s elegant wedding gown might be put on display, on a currently undisclosed date, at a mysterious location.
The palace wants people to get a better look at the fine English craftsmanship of the dress, AFP and a Palace spokeswoman report.
“The Duchess of Cambridge is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see close up the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress by Sarah Burton and her team as well as the Royal School of Needlework,” said a palace spokeswoman.
The gown was designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen Fashion house. It boasts a modern take on traditional design and the dress is compared by designers to the much loved wedding dress of Grace Kelly, who married in 1956 (pictured to the right).
It was one of the most romantic moments in history when Kate Middleton walked up the aisle to meet her prince.
And the first words William said to her?
“You look beautiful.”
The new Duchess of Cambridge dawned a V-neck creation with a long-sleeved lace overlay, designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton.
Trailing behind her? A two-meter, 70-centimeter train.
“The dress was composed of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace throughout the bodice, skirt and underskirt. The skirt, made of ivory and white satin gazar, was designed to emulate an opening flower: padded at the hips, it flowed out to the floor. The back of the dress was finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops,” reports PEOPLE,
As was customary, her ivory silk tulle veil trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers, was worn covering her face until she reached the alter.
Kate wore hair down, in a wave of cascading curls.
The bride’s look was capped by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to her by the Queen.
“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it,” Burton said in a statement, reports PEOPLE.
“It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship.”
Burton, who doesn’t plan to comment further, added, “The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy. Catherine looked absolutely stunning today … and I wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every good wish for the future.”
DARWEN, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy on April 11, 2011 in Darwen, England.
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Kate packing three wedding dresses?
William’s bride-to-be has a master plan to keep her dress a secret for William until she strolls down the aisle on April 29, reports say.
The Telegraph calls her plan “a cloak-and-dagger operation worthy of a Dumas plot,” saying Ms. Middleton has commissioned not one, not two, but three gowns for the big day. This way, even if two gowns are leaked she still has a third.
“The latest name in the frame [for dress designer] is Jasper Conran,” the paper reports “who is famed for his sleek, simple cuts. Classic design meets quintessential English beauty points to match made in wedding heaven?”
Previously, dress designer speculation had focused on Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.
Kate tops style poll
The Mirror reports that in a poll of 2,000 people commissioned by the jewellery company Tru-Diamonds, 83% of U.K. women said Kate has made the Royal family fashionable. “…70% of those surveyed said William’s fiancee was a fashion icon with a style that was ‘wearable’ and more down to earth compared with celebrities like Lady Gaga,” says the Mirror.
Knit your own royal?
An English knitter has written a book detailing how to create a set of royal wedding woollen characters.
Fiona Goble, author of Knit Your Own Royal Wedding — which includes knitting patterns for 10 characters from William and Kate’s wedding — said 50,000 copies of the book had so far been sold.
Detailed patterns of wedding characters include the royal couple and Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip.
Trumpets, the most regal of instruments?
A fanfare of trumpets will ring out the moment William and Kate are married. Trumpeters from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will begin playing once the royal couple have signed the register making them husband and wife.
Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs will be directing the band and has composed a new fanfare for the day, called “Valiant and Brave.” The piece, which lasts for around 30 seconds, will not be heard until the wedding.
With files from Agence France-Presse
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Britain’s Prince William (R) accompanied by his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) is pictured during a visit to RNLI Lifeboat Station in Anglesey, near Bangor in Wales on February 24, 2011.
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Another weekend, another batch of royal wedding stories. (And non-wedding-related royal tales — for the latest on Prince Andrew and the furor over some rather dubious associations, click here). Below, we catch you on all the recent Kate-and-William-related news.
The dress: Middleton to wear McQueen?
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for her marriage to Britain’s Prince William will be designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, a report said Sunday.
The British designer, who took over as creative director at the prestigious house after McQueen’s suicide last year, was selected by Middleton to help her develop her own style, The Sunday Times newspaper said in its online edition.
Ms. Burton, 36, denied she had been handed the “most coveted commission” in fashion but tradition dictates that royal bridal-gown designers are bound to secrecy by the royal family’s office at Buckingham Palace.
The wedding reception music: The Queen to dance to “Dancing Queen”?
Other picks include Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Culture Club. “It’ll be a wedding disco like those enjoyed by millions of other happy families and friends up and down the country,” said a royal source of the £75,000 bash.
“They will be driven from the banquet to St James’s Palace where Kate will change out of her wedding dress and William will swap his uniform for something much less formal. Then they will return to Buckingham Palace for the next stage, hosted by proud dad Prince Charles. They want the dance floor rammed and there will be a mix of music — including some Dizzee Rascal for Will,” the source told the Sun.
More on the food and wine
Flowers: Kate has chosen white lilies for the arrangements.
Food: The couple have chosen a game terrine or a vegetable alternative as the starter, followed by beef or salmon.
Drinks: Prince William is personally overseeing selecting the wines, reports the Sun.
Meanwhile, Britons will be taking to the streets
A reported 2,000 road closure requests have been made to local councils for street parties on April 29th. Many councils have waived the usual fees to close roads and some are are offering party packs for organisers, with free bunting and flags.
And yes, Kate Middleton has always been that photogenic, newly released family photos show
The official Royal website has just released exclusive new photos of Kate Middleton and one new photo of the royal couple. Five Middleton family photos were put up on the official wedding website in slide-show form, along with a detailed biography of Kate Middleton. The photos show Middleton, aged five, smiling at the camera; climbing a rock while on holiday aged three-and-a-half in the Lake District area of northwest England; and on holiday in Jerash in Jordan with her father and sister Pippa. There is also a picture of Middleton on the day of her graduation from St. Andrews University in Scotland in June 2005 and a picture of her and William looking relaxed with their arms around each other’s waists, taken on the same day.
With files from Reuters and Agence France-Presse