With the world holding their breath, Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey in her much-awaited gown, leaving the discerning crowd breathless. Quintessentially Kate, the new Duchess of Cambridge was radiant in a timeless gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s protégé Sarah Burton, an emotional choice for the British, with the loss of the designer last year. The structured gown with layers of ivory and white satin gazar was perfectly accented with full lace shoulders and back and a two-metre, 70-centimetre train and draped veil. The French Chantilly and English Cluny lace was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The flawless lace stopped just before the bride’s lower back with a slight and elegant bustle. The gown was reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s when she married Prince Ranier III of Monaco in 1956.
Classic and elegant, the bride wore her hair up with discreet cascading curls, topped with a 1936 Cartier diamond tiara, originally purchased by the Duke of York the future Queen Mother and loaned to Kate by the Queen, and simple diamond drop earrings. The house of McQueen also designed embroidered duchesse satin shoes for the bride.
While staying true to her aesthetic, the blushing bride’s gown is truly iconic.