Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress by Sarah Burton,
After weeks of speculation, Kate Middleton’s really British wedding dress was finally revealed. It featured a 9ft (2.7 m) long train, and along with the lace, all other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British Companies.
The dress details a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock to represent each nation of the UK.
Ms Burton said creating the royal wedding dress had been the “experience of a lifetime”.
The lace motifs were pinned, “framed up” and applied with stab stitching every 2mm to 3mm around each lace motif.
Workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean.
The veil was held in place by a Cartier “halo” tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by the Queen.
The bride’s earrings were a wedding day gift from her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
The earrings were the bride’s “something new”. For her “something blue”, a blue ribbon was sewn into the interior of her dress, while her “something old” was the traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship used to create the bridal gown.
Made by Cartier in 1936, the tiara was purchased by the Queen’s father, the Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King.
The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen) by her mother on her 18th birthday.
The bride’s bouquet was a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. It was designed by Shane Connolly.
Maid of Honour Philippa Middleton’s dress was also designed and created by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
A heavy, ivory satin-based crepe, it had a a cowl front with the same button detail and lace trims as the bride’s dress.
The four young bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by childrenswear designer Nicki Macfarlane and hand-made by Ms Macfarlane and her daughter Charlotte MacFarlane at their homes in Wiltshire and Kent.
Credits: BBC.co.uk, Reuters