Kate’s Very British Royal Wedding Dress Revealed

After much speculation, the closely guarded secret of who would be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and what it would look like, was revealed today.

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen wedding dress

The Royal Wedding Dress was designed by Sarah Burton, the lead designer for Alexander McQueen. The once-in-a-life-time opportunity was given to Burton in March, who took over as creative director of Alexander McQueen following his death last year.

Ms Burton said creating the royal wedding dress had been the “experience of a lifetime”.

The dress had a lace appliqué bodice and skirt, and a veil that was held in place with a Cartier “halo” tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by the Queen.  The bride wore her hair in a demi-chignon, styled by new up and coming talent James Pryce from the Richard Ward salon. Kate did however do her own make-up.

All the fabrics used in producing the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies, including the bridal train, which measures 2m 70cm.

 The lace on the bride’s dress which very closely resembles the style of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, details a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock to represent each nation of the UK.

"Grace Kelly"

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer on their wedding day


The public’s reaction to the dress has been tremendously positive, and even more so from the fashion world. Vogue London tweeted: “We’re loving Kate’s long lace sleeves. Elegant and very pretty.”

Fashion designer Vera Wang, who is world-known for her wedding gown collections, has also quoted: “It’s [Kate Middleton’s wedding dress] very much what I expected, not so fashion-forward and won’t age in photographs.”

Even Perez Hilton, the famous celebrity gossip from across the pond couldn’t contain his amazement at Kate’s dress tweeting: “I literally GASPED at my first look of Kate!!! OMG!!”

As for the old saying, Kate’s ‘something old’ was the traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship used to create the gown, her ‘something new’ was her earrings that were a wedding gift from her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. A blue ribbon was sewn into the interior of her dress for her ‘something blue’ and her tiara being the ‘something borrowed.’

 By Chloe Mellors

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