Kate Middleton wore a stunning ivory and lace wedding dress Friday by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, her face covered lightly with a hand-embroidered veil held by a tiara lent by the queen.
Smiling broadly and waving to the cheering crowd, the 29-year-old also clutched a bouquet of flowers that included Sweet William. Her bridegroom showed his appreciation by mouthing to her: “You look beautiful.”
Burton, the 36-year-old creative director of the fashion house Alexander McQueen, had long been tipped for the commission, but palace officials had remained tight-lipped right up until the moment Kate stepped out of the car.
The dress had long lace sleeves and an ivory satin bodice, narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips. The skirt resembled an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats and a train measuring 2.7 metres.
World sees best of Britain
From dresses to cars and the choice of music, the world got to see and hear a selection of the finest offering from British arts and industry on Friday.
The Queen wore a yellow dress and matching coat designed by her personal dresser Angela Kelly. The Duchess of Cornwall wore a champagne silk dress and duck egg blue champagne coat designed by Anna Valentine, another British designer.
The prime minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, wore a silk jade crepe dress designed by Burburry, among Britain’s best-known luxury fashion houses. The car that drove members of the royal family from Buckingham Palace included Rolls Royce and Land Rovers, the British marquee now owned by the Tatas. Transporting Kate Middleton was a luxurious, raised-roof Rolls Royce Phantom VI, repaired after being attacked by student protesters in December last year.
Music played inside Westminster Abbey – chosen by William and Kate – included works by leading British composers Vaughan William, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Brittan as well as the contemporary Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.