23 June 2011

The Grazia Kate Middleton Lookbook: The Wedding Gallery

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From the moment Kate Middleton stepped into the spotlight wearing midnight blue Issa, Grazia knew we had a new star on our hands. With speculation as to who was designing her wedding dress reaching fever pitch in the run up to the royal wedding - and not just at the Grazia office - Kate managed to keep her dress designer secret until the very last minute.

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The now-iconic moment that Kate Middleton, wearing Issa, and Prince William announced their engagement in front of the press at Buckingham Palace. Grazia HQ was, almost without exception, totally overcome with emotion.

 

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Even the afternoon before getting married in front of approximately 2 billion people, Kate looked relaxed and stylish with her favourite skinny jeans, Prada bag and LK Bennett wedges.

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For her last apprearance as a single woman, Kate opted for a feminine printed wrap dress with ruffle trim jacket. Not a HINT of nerves.

This was the moment! Kate Middleton steps out in her beautiful Sarah Burton designed Alexander McQueen wedding dress to a delighted public (and Grazia office) after months of speculation.

The dress features a boned corset with lace overlay, hand crafted by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court. Read our breaking news story with all the details about Kate Middleton's wedding dress here.

Kate's ivory silk veil, which was edged with more lacework, was held in place with the Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, owned by the Queen and lent to Kate Middleton for her wedding to Prince William. The tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for the then Duchess of York (who was later The Queen Mother).

Kate Middleton's bouquet was surprisingly small and understated, consisting Lily of the valley and Myrtle, Lily of the valley meaning 'trustworthy' in the launguage of flowers, whilst myrtle means 'hope and love'.

For the evening reception to mark her marriage, the new Duchess of Cambridge changed into another McQueen creation, this time a simple floor legth dress with boned corset similar to the one from her wedding dress, and a full circle skirt and jewelled belt, accessorised with a white shrug.

And for the morning after, as they departed on their mini-moon (a weekend away before their offiical honeymoon) Kate chose a Zara dress with LK Bennett wedges.

 

- Alex Butt


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