A Real Life Fairytale: The Royal Wedding

Today marked a day in my personal history as one of the most anticipated and iconic moments. It was the day a girl who met a boy would marry to become a Princess. The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton is taking place as I write and it’s something of an emotioanl excitement that buzzes around me. I’m not one to normally care too much for public affairs, however I remember reading a few weeks ago about a ‘Royal kiss on the balcony of the Palace’ and all of a sudden my excitement for this Royal Wedding began.

Ever since the engagement the question has been about Kate’s choice of dress. I always wandered if she would go for McQueen, a designer who has left a legacy on British fashion and craftsmanship so strong that surely not even a woman of Kate’s humble style could avoid. This morning as we got a glimpse of Kate Middleton leaving her hotel bound for the Abbey in a long sleeved lace ivory gown, excitement furthered and I couldn’t wait much longer to find out!

Finally it has been revealed Princess Catherine wore Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton for her Royal Wedding and looked sensational. It’s a very proud moment for British fashion. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge looks like every inch the understated elegant princess.

From the official Royal Wedding Website the details of the dress are described:

“Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.”

The Lace: The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework.

The Design: The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres.

The Fabrics: French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.

The Veil: The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.

The Shoes: The wedding shoes have made been hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Congratulations to the new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. We wish you a fairy tale marriage and all the happiness in the world!

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