Monday, 27 April 2020

Kate Loves: An Iconic Royal Bridal Look

It's been too long since we've had a 'Kate Loves' post on the blog, hasn't it? With so many of us currently living with enormous changes to our day to day lives, and the absence of traditional calendar events for royals, I thought it the perfect time to continue with a series I've always loved researching and writing.

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary. I can vividly remember the jovial atmosphere in the days leading up to the wedding. It marked the beginning of a new generation of royal watchers, who were thrilled to see Kate Middleton marry her prince and of course her bridal style. From the dress to the veil, the tiara to the beauty look, Kate was all parts stunning and in turn influenced trends and inspired brides all around the world. Tonight, we're revisiting the individual pieces which combined to create an iconic royal bride.


Choosing the perfect wedding dress is no simple task, and it's another thing entirely when your wedding be watched by millions all over the world. It also represented a day when Kate entered the Royal family and the historic institution that is the monarchy. The gown would be exhibited and the photos a part of history. Up until then we had only seen Kate in a handful of gowns - typically sleek fitted Issa pieces for a handful of events. For the big day, I anticipated we would see an elegant, traditional gown with elements of modernity and personal touches. We saw our very first glimpse when Kate left the Goring Hotel with her father Mike...


Speculation on the chosen designer had been rife for months. Would it be quintessentially British fashion house Burberry? Perhaps Alice Temperley, a firm favourite of the Middleton women. About two weeks before the wedding, we began to hear Sarah Burton's name increasingly, with reports claiming she had won the coveted commission. The Cheshire-born designer had taken over as creative designer at Alexander McQueen only a year before, following the tragic passing of her dear friend Lee McQueen. The brand had come to Kate's attention in 2005 when she attended the wedding of the Duchess of Cornwall's son Tom Barker Bowles and Sarah Buys, for whom the fashion house had designed the wedding dress.

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During the final rehearsals, Sarah Burton was seen delivering a dress bag to Kate at Clarence House. My guess is Kate's evening wedding dress was being delivered, as on the big day she changed at Charles and Camilla's official residence before the evening reception. With the preparations and the gown completed, it was time for a celebratory hug.


Kate stepped out upon arrival at Westminster Abbey to rousing cheers and applause, and we had our first proper look at the bride who will one day become queen consort.


Kate was radiant and the reaction from your faithful blogger and the eager royal watchers was a unanimous "wow".


According to various reports and insights from the wedding, as Kate and her father made their way through the abbey, Harry turned to his brother and said: "She is here now. Well, she looks beautiful, I can tell you that." William turned to Kate and said: "You look beautiful."


As the ceremony commenced we saw the exquisite attention to detail on the gown. Sarah Burton said: "I think what we wanted to achieve was something that was incredibly beautiful and intricately worked. A lot of it is in the subtlety of the detail, the handcrafted lace, and the cuts and the shapes and the folds involved in the construction of the dress, yet we still had to remember it was in Westminster Abbey so it still had to have a presence. It was this idea of having a dress with a presence and of historical importance yet being modern at the same time."


More from the Telegraph:

'Sarah Burton went to such lengths to hide her involvement that she told no-one but a core group of colleagues who were to assist her in the design. "It was so great to actually keep a secret, especially in this day and age when everyone talks about everything." Burton's parents, Anthony and Diane Heard, were told only on the eve of the ceremony. To find out just what their daughter had created, the couple had to join the crowds on the Mall and catch a glimpse of the Duchess via a periscope. She was unable to tell them earlier because she was bound by a confidentiality agreement with Buckingham Palace.
Burton kept up an elaborate charade for months. "Because my core team knew, it was okay for me to disappear and then come back, and then disappear again. But I remember other people asking me, 'Are you coming in on Friday?' And I'd say, 'Oh, yeah, see you in the morning'. I'd be scheduling meetings knowing full well I wasn't going to be there for them," she told Vogue .
On the day of the wedding, the designer accompanied the Duchess to Westminster Abbey and made the final adjustments to the nine-foot train. "I remember standing in Westminster Abbey thinking, 'This is unreal'. It was like a fairy tale. And all I could think was, 'I hope I don't trip over'. I didn't realise the enormity of it until much nearer the wedding day. It was a magical experience," she said.'

The Palace said: "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 dress epitomises timeless British craftsmanship by drawing together talented and skilled workmanship from across the United Kingdom. The dress design pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition, which advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often Romantic styles of decoration."


Symbolism to honour the United Kingdom was incorporated with the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, the Shamrock for Ireland and the daffodil for Wales. The Palace revealed more on this process: "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." With laces coming from different sources, a great deal of time and care ensured that each flower was the same colour.


The dress was made with ivory and white satin gazar.


The skirt echoes an opening flower with white satin gazar arches and pleats. 


The back was finished with fifty-eight gazar and organza-covered buttons fastened by rouleau loops, while the underskirt was made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.


A closer look at the sweeping train.


You'll remember Ms Burton and Pippa Middleton adjusting the train at the Abbey.


Kate's veil was made of layers of ivory tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers.


It was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. They did a superb job. 


Kate's hair was worn in a simple but elegant demi chignon created by James Pryce of Richard Ward's salon. The veil was held in place by the Cartier Halo tiara, loaned to the Duchess by Her Majesty. 


The Cartier Halo tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York (later King George VI) for the Duchess of York (later the Queen Mother). It is a striking piece composed of stylised petals, paved with seven hundred and thirty-nine brilliant-cut diamonds and a hundred and forty-nine baguette-cut diamonds. The name derives from its halo appearance. There's a simplicity to it and it's steeped in royal history making it a very fitting choice for Kate.


Indeed, it has been described as a "starter tiara" for royal ladies over the years. Apparently it wasn't a favourite of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and she soon passed it on to her daughter Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) as an 18th birthday gift, however, she never wore it publicly. It was quickly lent to other royal ladies, most noticeably Princess Margaret who wore it several times as an early tiara, as did Princess Anne in the early 1970s. We never saw the Duchess wear it again, having graduated from the piece to two "heavy hitters" from the royal collection: the Queen's Mother Lotus Flower tiara and Diana's Lover's Knot tiara.


Kate's earrings were a gift from her parents inspired by the Middleton family's coat of arms which includes acorns and oak leaves, the design was chosen to complement the tiara. Michael and Carole commissioned Robinson Pelham to create the pear-shaped, diamond-set drop earrings. We've seen Kate wear them on several occasions since.


Kate's ivory duchesse satin shoes were made by Alexander McQueen with lace hand-embroidery in a size five and a half.


Kate's bouquet was created by Shane Connolly and drew on flowers of significance for the Royal family and the Middleton family. More from Royal.UK:

"The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
 Lily-of-the-valley Return of happiness
 Sweet William Gallantry
Hyacinth Constancy of love
 Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany.  In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride."

Following a flurry of enquiries, Clarence House revealed Kate's wedding perfume was White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum. The light floral scent has a hint of coconut, ylang-ylang, jasmine and lily of the valley, laid on the base of amber wood.


Kate wanted to do her own make up and created a beauty look featuring her soft smoky eye, pink blush and matching lipstick with products she loved with just a little "make up artistry assistance" from Bobbi Brown's Hannah Martin.


Kate wore the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Foundation, which is often described as "weightless" and glides on with a "second skin feel". Kate highlighted her cheekbones with Bobbi Brown pale blush and wore the Shimmer Brick Compact bronzer. To balance her smoke eye, Kate wore Sandwash Pink lipstick with a light layer of lip gloss. For eye make up, Kate is a fan of Bobbi Brown's Dark Brow Kit, Lancome's much-adored Hypnose mascara, and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat complexion highlighter, also known as the "miracle pen". Manicurist Marina Sandoval used Essie nail polish and Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in rose.

For the evening reception, Kate changed into a gorgeous strapless white satin gazar evening gown with a diamante waist and a white angora bolero cardigan by Sarah Burton. It was perfect for a night of dancing. As the 9th anniversary approaches, wouldn't it be excellent to get a photo or two from the reception? :)


It's been such fun to take this trip down memory lane; I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

75 comments:

  1. I loved reliving this memory! Thank you so much for you detailed post and all of your previous posts as well!! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this scary time. Much love, from Texas!

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  2. It doesn't seem possible that it has been 9 years. As Harry and William both said, she was a beautiful bride. She has proven over these years to be a loyal, strong and steady supporter of her husband and the royal family. The mother of 3 beautiful children and the wife of the future king, a true Cinderella story. Thanks Charlotte for this post and many details I hadn't noticed before.

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. It is great, and what a great day...well night for us in Canada. My birthday is the same as Her Majesty the Queen. So we had my birthday party for the royal wedding I made a 3 tiered wedding/birthday cake Chocolate, White & Carrot cake. We had a betting on the queen's outfit color, and Everyone showed up all dressed up with fascinators, And we party all night snacking on tea goodies till wedding time which was 2 or 3 am (most changed in to Pjs by then lol) as we watched the fun of the wedding, it was so fun to share it with so many people for a historic Royal moment.

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    1. I got up at 2 am and the first thing I remember seeing when I turned on the TV was pregnant Victoria Beckham and I tried to figure out why she wasn't smiling. I decided she was very uncomfortable! Ha! My son got up a little later and wondered where the food was. He knew I was planning on making scones and he wanted some. I live in CO. It sounds like you and your friends made a whole night of it. What a lot of fun! Ah-memories!

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    2. Wow Kaya what a fun idea and a great memory!! cc

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  4. Thanks Charlotte for this post and this blog which I started following after the wedding. I remember I was a bit let down by her low key dress, veil and tiara, even her bouquet was petit but with time I grow to love it more, not her self done make-up. Even in my country lace wedding dress with half up-do was trending this past decade.

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    1. Not sure you can call that magnificent lace dress, veil and beautifully delicate tiara low key. It’s was simple stunning with so much detail.

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  5. This is so great :) It doesn’t feel like nine years! I remember watching the wedding with my now ex; it was so exciting! She really was a beautiful bride and she is a fantastic wife to William & mother to George, Charlotte & Louis. I am secretly hoping they have one more little Cambridge to add to their brood; they have such lovely children 😍
    Thank you for the interesting details that you’ve included in this post. It was so nice to reminisce over this special day.

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    1. I'm with you Kiwi Gal, I too secretly hope they will have another little one!! cc

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  6. I so enjoyed this post. I started reading your blog right about that time. My husband and I for some reason had awakened early that morning and were wide awake, and we said, "Let's turn on that royal wedding. Why not?" We hadn't planned on it, but we enjoyed it so much that I looked for a blog to follow and found yours.

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  7. In the second dress -- are those real diamonds circling her waist?

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    1. No diamante means artificial jewels.

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  8. Thanks Charlotte, it was terrific to go down memory lane. It was such an exciting day.

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  9. What a lovely post. I wish Kate would bring the Halo tiara back. She might have access to bigger pieces but the Halo looked absolutely magnificent on her (and I think the Lover’s Knot is a highly overrated and boring piece). Bigger pieces often need more puff in the hair department and that’s just not her style. So the Halo or the Lotus looked much better. I also wish she would bring those earrings out more often. They are incredible in style and meaning.
    Her dress was such a fashion statement. Till her wedding strapless gowns were all the rage and with her sleeves and arms made a comedy. Since then there is much more diversity in the available styles. It was the perfect dress for the occasion and it will stand the rest of time as it will go down in history.
    Sadly, her reception gown was very underwhelming. The fit of the top was off/not flattering and the cardigan looked like a dead muppet.
    Maybe I need to rewatch the wedding. I will never forget the happy anticipation and buzz. Happy feelings.
    C.

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  10. Thank you for your lovely post...adore Catherine dress picture perfect..she is a true Queen in waiting keep save

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  11. Thanks for your lovely post...adored Catherine dress it’s a masterpiece that will stand out in the future...they are a lovely couple with 3 wonderfull kids ..love the Cambridges

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  12. Oh wow!! This was a lovely walk down memory lane.
    Can't believe it's 9 years ago!
    Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for Wednesday.

    I would love to see the party gown reworn again! :)

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  13. Thank you for this wonderful post, you made my day! I discovered so many new facts and details of this beautiful look. It's such a magnificent gown, Kate looked really lovely wearing it with this veil, tiara, earrings and shoes. I started dreaming of photos from evening reception... or just an unseen photo from wedding

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  14. Pictures like the 6th one on your post are some of the most exquisite pictures of a bride I’ve ever seen. She was just perfection with the veil. I loved her hair and the understated tiara, if we can say any Tiara is understated.
    I didn’t love the make up, I don’t like the official pictures at all but I understand them. I hope we get to see some time one of their private pictures.

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  15. That was a wonderful day and Kate was the most beautiful of brides.

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  16. Dreamy. So amazingly beautiful, an angel of a bride. Stepping out of the car, already she looked royal.

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  17. Here in the USA I owned a small biz and had the wedding on all three tv screens. I served tea and English muffins and wore my best hat.kate Middleton shows focus, self -discipline and warmth.
    I read your blog daily- it parallels Kate’s qualities that I outlined above- focus, self -discipline and warmth!

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  18. This was a day I'll never forget and will always be happy to relive! :) I have new appreciation for the craftsmanship of the individual elements. For example, I'd never noticed the baguette diamonds in the halo tiara! I'm more mesmerized now by it's intricacy. I understand the graduation to other grander ones, but I think this tiara combined with beautiful earrings from Kate's parents will forever hold a special place in my heart.

    Thanks Charlotte for this wonderful post! And do you have a tip about reception photos? ;) Because I don't know how that would happen, but it would certainly be dreamy.

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    1. Sadly no tip, just wishful thinking :)

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    2. I'm wishing alongside you!

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  19. Thanks. Absolutely amazing photos. She was a stunning bride.. First step towards being a future Queen.A great asset to the UK.

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  20. Nicole from France27 April 2020 at 18:26

    So good to see those photos again , I remember not watching the wedding because I was the leader of a group of friends for a garden visit , when we arrived at the café for lunch the tv was on , I asked the waiter - so ... how was the dress ? He took a deep breath, looked at me , and said - white ! I could have killed him ahahaha
    So when I have been back home, I watched the whole ceremony on you tube , I was not going to miss it !!!!

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  21. She looked gorgeous and I loved all the clothes and jewelry from that day. Really an exquisite dress with so much thought put into the design and lace as well as the jewelry and tiara and veil. The entire day was so well thought out and executed.

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    1. Completely agree with you ali! I absolutely remember watching that day, but I was not aware of all of the symbolism with the flowers and the lace work, and the earrings that her parents had made were a perfect compliment to the tiara. I hadn't discovered this blog yet so appreciate this lovely post Charlotte, thank you for giving us such wonderful details. Looking back, it just brings out the thoughtful countenance Kate puts into all she does. Kate was a very elegant, demure bride who really has such a natural beauty, inside and out. She is a credit to Great Britain. cc

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  22. Charlotte - BRAVO! What an excellent discussion and description of that happy day! Kate was beautiful and time is confirming that she is beautiful, both inside and out! Stay safe!

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  23. Her wedding jewellery was very nice. I'd like to see her wearing the tiara as a necklace.

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  24. Okay Charlotte, silly question but I'm curious. How do you know her shoe size on this exact pair of wedding shoes? I know we have had pictures from other pairs such as Jimmy Choo vamps (38.5) or LK Bennett agata (39), but i figured her wedding shoes wouldn't have a size. It isn't important, but i am just curious how you know :)

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    1. Hello

      I remember hearing it when the wedding exhibition began. They are beautiful shoes :)

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  25. Zora from Prague27 April 2020 at 22:32

    Kate looked fantastic, fabulous. About six weeks ago, I re-watched the ceremony. It was so lovely and meaningful! Kate couldn't stop smiling, she radiated happiness. They were an incredible couple! And they are such an inspiring couple, 9 years and 3 children later.
    Thank you so much for the post, Charlotte! What a great idea for the upcoming anniversary. Well done!!!

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    1. How nice that you re-watched the ceremony Zora!! You said it well, she radiated happiness, which she continues to do to this day!! It puts it into perspective seeing this post and realizing how William and Kate have grown in these last nine years. The hope I felt when they got married is even stronger now. Would love to see a favorite photo of theirs released on their anniversary!! cc

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    2. Zora from Prague29 April 2020 at 17:16

      This is so true, CeCe: "hope" is what I feel when I see them or think about them! And love, too. I think they love each other very much, it shows. How lucky their kids are! 😍
      It would be really lovely to know which of the wedding photos is their favourite!! I wonder if they watched some clips from the ceremony with the children today, perhaps explaining things ("How did you get that beautiful dress into the car, Mummy?") and sharing fun bits and pieces...

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    3. Zora & you ladies have inspired me! I've been looking for that something special to look forward to today & I think I too will pull out my DVD & rewatch the wedding! I haven't watched it in full for years! :) xo

      Becca USA

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  26. Thank you Charlotte!
    What a lovely post about a beautiful woman and a wonderful historic event.
    Just what we needed ; )

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  27. Thank you for such a detailed and special write up of the wedding. You hit all the right notes for me, all the things I had wanted to remember about the dress. She was and is beautiful. So, between their time at St. Andrews, then living in Angelsey and now being married they are actually close to being together 20 years, no?

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  28. Nine years have just flown by. My husband and I watched the wedding with a close friend, who came over to our home at 4am. I made breakfast, and we drank champagne. It was such a beautiful service, I cried when Kate and her Dad started that long walk towards the altar. She was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
    Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Hugs to you all.❤️

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    1. What a nice memory Tedi! I cried too when her father walked her down the aisle, they both displayed such grace! I remember just feeling so happy for her and William! Hope you and your husband are safe as well! cc

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    2. Zora from Prague29 April 2020 at 17:23

      That's lovely, I really admire all you US royal fans who got up at 2, 3, 4, 5am not to miss the broadcast! 🥰It shows you really care for them!

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    3. Thanks CeCe, we are fine so far.❤️

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    4. Zora, what a lovely thing to say! It's so nice to not be thought of as interlopers! lol :) As a special covid (I think I'm finally on the mend/5weeks on) recovery gift to myself..... I just ordered my first ever subscription to Majesty Magazine! Probably not the most practical thing to do during a pandemic... but I believe it will give me so much joy & expand my interest & knowledge of other royal houses! Something to look forward to at least & I'm sure it will be a feast for the eyes! xo

      Becca USA

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    5. Zora from Prague3 May 2020 at 22:24

      Becca, I'm so glad you are on the mend... It must have been tough. You have been in my thoughts. Hope your husband is OK too!
      The subscription is a great idea and I'm sure looking through the maganine, combined with re-watching the Cambridges wedding ceremony, will add to the speed and quality of your recovery!! 😀

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  29. Susan in Florida28 April 2020 at 03:39

    I remember getting up at 5 am to watch the wedding. The TV and formal photos didn’t do justice to the beautiful dress. Thank you , Charlotte for the close up photos of the details, it’s stunning . I love lace and embroidery.

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  30. This is beautiful! I love reading the Kate Loves posts as they go so in-depth and make me feel like I'm really getting to know her. Can you please also do a Meghan Loves series?

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    1. Hello, yes I'm working on a new series on MAM :)

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  31. Well reliving one of the best moments in life the duchess is her wedding i and all us royal watcher are live tweeting moments reliving some moments when the duke says her duchess she looked beautiful

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    1. That was one of my favourite moments, too :)

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  32. she was a gorgeous bride.lovely post

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  33. Steph from Canberra28 April 2020 at 07:29

    Thanks Charlotte for the wonderful trip down memory lane. I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I didn't read your blog at the time of the wedding, so there were a few snippets of information here that I wasn't aware of - such a treat!

    The Cambridge's wedding day was bittersweet for me. My grandfather passed away that morning, and it was also my 5th anniversary with my now husband. The wedding was a very welcome distraction from my grief, and I thought it was just beautiful. My husband and I ate pizza and drank sparkling wine while we watched.

    On another note, I was lucky enough to view the Cartier halo tiara in person two years ago (Prince Louis's birthday actually!) at a Cartier exhibition here in Canberra. It is even more stunning in real life - it just glitters!

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  34. Lovely post to take away Covid boredom ;) It has taken me a while to like this dress I thought the dress was underwhelming on the day but I have grown to like it a lot. I would have liked to have seen her hair in an up do tho I think that would have been more fitting for a royal bride and her make up should have been done by a professional too. I was looking through more photos of the day on the net and just realised how the sleeves on Pippa's bridesmaid dress are very much like the sleeves on her own wedding dress my choice out of the 2 is Pippa's she looked just amazing on her wedding day.

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  35. The back of the dress did not get enough attention. It is gorgeous and definitely has a bit more 'va va voom' than the front. Needless to say, it was a gorgeous gown, and HRH looked stunning, but....yes, here comes a critique: I felt the entire look was kind of "lacking" and a bit disappointing. It need a bit more shine, a bit more grandeur. Not much, but this was way too plain Jane a dress, look and hairstyle for such a momentous occasion and such a momentous bride. Sylvia.

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    1. I could be wrong but reading the descriptions of the dress and looking at various shots I think this is a dress that in person has that extra:). The fabrics are incredible, some very light, some with much more weight, along with the textures etc. I think much gets lost in the photos.

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    2. I think I get your criticism from my point of view today. We have seen copy’s of this look and the most gorgeous and delicate dresses in that general style. But when she stepped out 9 years ago this look was actually pretty shocking to me. It was completely unexpected and completely expected at the same time. The whole style wasn’t really popular but from that second on you thought it should be. It was “new” and exciting. At the same time the dress had all the classic fairytale/royal/traditional elements you would expect. It was safe but a risk at the same time.
      While I do love a good outing in the royal bling department- the BRF is not the one to go to for that. The way the British dress for weddings is pretty homogeneous in my (limited) experience and the BRF is no exception. Grandeur is not really their style. I actually don’t think they even strive for this. Wearing your grandfathers (unbelievable expansive and qualitative) old but still holding together Barbour jacket is much more their code than driving a flashy car or showing off diamonds (even though they do own them). This class had a pretty strange social code and if you aren’t brought up like it it’s very hard to fit in. Not impossible but also one explanation why upper classes are still so exclusive (new money is not an insult for nothing).
      I do agree about the hair though. I wish she would have done a full up do.

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  36. Caroline in Montana28 April 2020 at 18:55

    It seems impossible to forget on a daily basis what a beautiful bride she was, but I indeed seem to have forgotten! I was very overwhelmed by her simplicity with everything for the wedding, she is not flashy but classy, classic and noble. loved the dress and agree the back did not get enough attention, but then I believe the back was the focus of someone else at the time:) lol.
    I just remember thinking at the time, wow she must have nerves of steel to walk into that church with millions of people watching!! I love that tiara on her and agree with whomever stated that they weren't a huge fan of the lovers knot, its ok but id rather see the Strathmore or teck crescent on her or the halo again, the size/shape really flatter her (like the lotus does!). The lovers knot seems to not suit her as well, too tall and well its never been my favorite. love her wedding earing's and love it when she wears them on occasion. One thought occurred to me, she looks almost the same to me but William looks so young in their wedding photos! loving how just lovely they are as a family. looking forward to some photos for Charlottes birthday.

    Thanks charlotte for the posts, I appreciate your time giving us all something to focus on other than the dreaded covid, and doing it so very well! Hope everyone is doing well.

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    1. Zora from Prague29 April 2020 at 17:20

      You're right, Caroline, William looked much younger! 😁 But they both smile so beautifully, then and now.
      Stay safe and healthy!

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    2. Caroline, what a lovely comment & I completely agree! :)

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    3. I’m in total agreement with you over the tiaras! The Strathmore Rose Tiara & Teck Crescent Tiara would look amazing on her (though I read somewhere that the Strathmore doesn’t exist anymore).

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    4. My bad, apparently the Strathmore is still in existence. I wonder if we’ll see another Royal wear it again someday...

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  37. Hello Charlotte & The DKB Gang,
    I hope everyone is hanging in there during this challenging time. What a breath of fresh air to have this post appear. I enjoyed it right away & have been remiss in commenting. Charlotte it is absolutely beautiful & brings back so many fond memories of such an exciting time! That was an amazing period to live through, from their dating years all the way through to the pre-Wedding excitement & anticipation, witnessing living history. It's such a joy to look back 9yrs on, with the knowledge of all that has happened over the years they've lived since & now being the parents of such a lovely trio of children.

    Still today, as I felt on the day.... I felt everything, every detail, was absolute perfection! For me the dress & every aspect of Kate's look, was exactly the right proportion for The Abbey! The dress didn't wear her, she wore the dress. I love that she wanted to still "look like herself" for William. Thus I truly appreciated her hairstyle & love the youthfulness of her wearing it 1/2 down. I also appreciate her desire to do her own make-up (with professional touch assistance) I can imagine that gave Kate a sense of control over at least one personal aspect of her big day!

    They did a wonderful job of making the whole of the Wedding feel like a private elegant country family wedding, within the needs of a Royal one! The trees in The Abbey just put it over the top for me! I remember being up early here (U.S.) to watch it live, complete with Tea & Treats!

    I wracked my brain, but I can't remember when I found DKB & started following? I believe it was shortly after the wedding & during the Canada Tour? I remember shopping around for blogs & such, any fun place to converse with others about that exciting time, but once I found DKB..... I settled in & never looked back! :) xo

    Most everything in the post was a refresher, but one thing that did newly jump out at me, was how much the back of the dress really does remind me of the front of Princess Grace's dress. There was so much talk & speculation before hand about that famous dress & there were questions about whether Kate's would resemble it in any way? I don't quite remember why exactly, maybe it was the "commoner" marrying a Prince angle? I've seen pics of the back of Kate's dress, but never the one you included in your post Charlotte. It truly gives such a great full look at all the striking details of the lace & all the buttons. I was so happy that Kate wasn't all buttoned up in front & rather had such a lovely v-neckline, with the strapless undergown layered underneath.... for me it was the absolute best of both worlds! It was & still is for me, such an exquisite dress!

    I love that someone referenced how long, cumulatively, that Will & Kate have been together! Charlotte do we have an exact count on the exact total, including friendship? (I should probably be able to count back to their freshman year) I think the length of time they have been together & the way that they began as friends, is such a testament to the solid relationship they have. I love how we see again & again what a great team they make & that it's so clear that at the heart of it all, they really "Like" each other! Such an important foundation & such a great example to the younger generations of today! I have loved watching them grow & change together & as individuals, as they have traveled through their years together!

    Thank you Charlotte for all of the work & research you have done, to bring us all these beautiful, amazing & educational posts over these last 9yrs! DKB truly is the Bentley of Blogs!

    As ever,
    Becca USA

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  38. Thanks for all your hard work. Much appreciated. A Kate loves on jewellery would be nice or possibly jewellery that the Duchess might wear next.

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  39. Enjoyed seeing the back of the dress. I think the bustle is what really makes it a stately gown.

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  40. I guess the wedding is when I found this blog! I was looking for information that showed beautiful things like the gown, earrings, etc and lacked all the fake stories about fights with Camilla, etc. The back really is amazing! I'm sure it was a very unnerving situation but Kate had her family to hold her up. Four extremely supportive people thinking only of Kate at this time! Knowing what we know about Carole now, just imagine what a positive force she was!! My only wish is that her makeup had been softer. But this blog was just an amazing gift at the time!

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  41. Recently I rewatched the wedding too. The dress, the music, the ceremony, the magnificent Westminster Abby and the happiness on everyone’s face - what a beautiful and special day!
    The craftsmanship and the symbolism of her dress and veil matched to perfection the historic moment their wedding was/is.
    I love that she choose a very understated, “starter” tiara as it is just the beginning of her life as a royal.

    After watching the wedding was when I wanted to know more about Kate and her family and this is how I found this blog:)
    Thank you, Charlotte for all these years of hard work and dedication to provide such a special place to read and learn more about Kate’s work and royal life.
    Eva from G.

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  42. Thank you for this!!!

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  43. Kate, Texas, USA1 May 2020 at 04:22

    What a wonderful trip down memory lane! I remember the special day well... I was pregnant with my 4th and my doctor refused to give me the release to travel across the pond so I could hopefully get a tiny glimpse of history. I cried then, but laugh about it today! I stayed home and watched the most glorious and magical wedding in the early hours of the morning. Kate looked breathtaking! Absolutely stunning! William’s expressions as Kate approached him and then right after reminded me so much of Diana. I cried, I giggled, I sang, I celebrated along with millions around the world. It was wonderful! Thank you for the lovely post and memories Charlotte! ❤️

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  44. From the Court Circular

    29 April 2020
    Kensington Palace
    The Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patron, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this afternoon participated in a Roundtable Discussion via video link with charities and organisations supporting pregnant women and new mothers.

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  45. There is a sweet story of William and Catherine appearing on a Breakfast morning show during which William ,in response to a question, praised Captain Moore. When the video was later shown to the now 100 year old "world's best fimd-raiset," the Captain called William " my sweet Prince. " I believe this is the second time he made that reference. I hope I haven't repeated a story that has already been told here and I hope I reported it accurately.

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  46. Haha! Captain Moore called William my "super prince," not my sweet prince. Shakespeare in my head. This was from the Cambridge Instagram site, a re-posting.
    Whilst searching for that story I came on some side by side photos of Charlotte's new birthday photo and that of Lady Sarah Chatto at about the same age. I could not tell the difference. Same expression and attitude --a little moxie. It was on Victoria Arbiter's site.

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  47. Thanks for this lovely post, Charlotte. Time has flown...
    The lace of the dress was crafted in the Northern part of France and I'm proud my country was involved in this unforgettable day.

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  48. Fantastic post. Really enjoyed the re-visit. The Duchess was beautiful and it was a wonderful wedding. Thank you, Charlotte. Very well done.

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  49. I love her a lot. She is too amazing. Her simple living attracts me a lot.

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