Wow. Just wow. DID YOU SEE THAT? Wow. I’m sort of speechless. I will remember this for the rest of my life. My heart was racing like mad when William appeared and I was giddy like a little child before unpacking Christmas gifts just before Princess Catherine appeared. And YES, I cried.
I’m so happy for the UK. You now have your Princess of Heart back in form of Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is stunning, she is kind and she is smart. Congratulations.
Here’s some pictures I managed to capture from the live stream I was watching…
And here are some more professional pictures from Getty Image.
So the dress was done by Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen’s label.
The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt, and has been used for the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same colour. The whole process was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team.
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 ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
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 ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth 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 the occasion of her 18th birthday.
The Bride’s earrings, by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. The earrings were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents for her Wedding Day.
Robinson Pelham have also designed and made a pair of diamond earrings for Miss Philippa Middleton. These earrings are more floral in nature to compliment the headpiece worn by Miss Philippa Middleton during the Service.
A tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earrings have been designed and made for Mrs. Carole Middleton. Two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, are also worn respectively by the Father of the Bride, Mr. Michael Middleton, and the Bride’s brother, Mr. James Middleton.
The wedding shoes have made 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.
I thought she looked stunning, although the dress didn’t seem to be her style from waist down. I expected more a straight line flowing dress. But she still looked wonderful. I loved her hair, her makeup, her dress. Everything.
I do love that the Queen actually gave Catherine the tiara, that she herself received when she turned 18.
The ceremony was wonderful. I loved that Will broke tradition and went in early to have a chat with people. I loved that they didn’t care about political implications of inviting Sir John Major, because he firstly was Will’s and Harry’s legal guardian when Lady Di died in 1997.
I hope you really enjoyed the day, the excitement, the tears and the heartbeating!!
Here’s their cakes
|McVities Chocolate Cake for the reception|
|Epic 8 layer cake!|
Miss drifted Snow White