I have a confession, the only reason I was remotely interested in the Royal Wedding was because I was curious to see what Miss Middleton would be wearing. As soon as I saw Kate in her dress I went from being less than enthusiastic, to a Royal Wedding enthusiast. The dress, which fit Kate like a little white glove was designed by Sarah Burton (the creative director of Alexander McQueen). As I understand, Kate was very involved in the design process, and knew that Burton would be able to marry tradition and modernity in just the right way.
The Dress: Long sleeved with individual flowers hand-cut form lace sewn onto silk tulle. A pleated A-line skirt complete with lace embellishment.
The Veil and Jewelry: Kate wore a folded mantilla veil with hand-embroidered flowers along the trim. When it came to her headpiece, Kate opted for an “understated” Cartier tiara lent to her by Will’s grandmother, The Queen. Her naked neck was offset by a beautiful pair of earrings that were inspired by the Middleton family’s new coat of arms.
The Hair and Makeup: Not wanting anything too fussy, Kate’s favorite London hairstylist gave her a demi-chignon. On the day of the wedding Kate opted not to hire a professional make-up artist, instead she applied her own.
I admire Kate’s reverence to the tradition of the Westminster Abbey as well as the Royal Family. That said, I love that she stayed true to her personal style which is classic and demure while at the same time adding modern touches that kept her wedding day look up to date. I feel like I could gush for pages and pages on how perfect she looked that day. With this one dress Kate Middleton went from being Will’s well-dressed girlfriend, to royalty.