Many considered the royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William the wedding of the century. And perhaps one of the most memorable parts of the Duke and Duchess’ wedding day was Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.
That said, the dress we saw her walk down the aisle in was actually one of two wedding dresses. And, while it was absolutely stunning, the Duchess didn’t stay in her ceremony dress for long.
Read on to learn more about Kate Middleton’s second wedding dress, plus some interesting details of her wedding day look.
1. The ceremony dress
Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was a perfect mix of royal tradition and modern style. The dress combined a mix of white and ivory fabrics, intricate lace detailing, and a 9-foot long train. But, that’s not all.
From the reason she wore sleeves to how she incorporated something borrowed, something new, and something blue, we share some of the most fascinating details of the Duchess’ wedding dress, unveil Kate Middleton’s second wedding dress, ahead.
2. Why the sleeves mattered
The sleeves were a key part of the dress’ design. And it wasn’t just because they offered beautiful lace detailing, but also because they paid homage to past royal weddings, including Grace Kelly’s and Queen Elizabeth II’s.
In addition to its royal tribute, the design featured a mix of 1950’s bridal style and modernity that helped emulate Kate Middleton’s wish to keep within tradition, yet add some modern flair.
3. Her something borrowed was fit for a queen
As for her something borrowed? The Queen of England let her future granddaughter-in-law borrow one of her tiaras. The Cartier halo tiara was given to the Queen on her 18th birthday and includes about 1,000 diamonds.
4. Her secret something blue, revealed
Think the bride walked down the aisle without her something blue? Think again! Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton sewed a piece of blue ribbon to the inside of the royal bride’s dress for purity, love, and fidelity (and for good luck).
5. Her diamond earrings resembled the Middleton family crest
As for her something new, Middleton’s parents gifted the bride with diamond earrings. But, these weren’t just any earrings. With acorn and oak leaf motifs, they resembled her family’s crest.
6. The dress’ detail didn’t stop at the surface
Underneath its lace surface, Kate Middleton’s wedding dress featured subtle padding in her midsection to complement the design’s corset-style bodice.
In addition, the underskirt structure was just as beautiful as the outside of the skirt. With layers upon layers of lace-trimmed silk tulle, when her sister lifted the dress’ 9-foot train, you could see the resemblance of an opening flower underneath.
That said, Kate Middleton’s second wedding dress looked a lot different — and less detailed — than her ceremony dress. We reveal the second look, next.
7. Her second wedding dress
As a modern princess (and bride) Middleton’s ceremony dress featured elaborate detailing and royal traditions without going full-blown Victorian on us. That said, the Duchess switched into an even more modern — and more true to her style — wedding dress for the reception.
Kate Middleton’s second wedding dress was also by Alexander McQueen and featured a more simple take with satin fabric, a circle skirt (goodbye 9-foot train!), a flattering sweetheart neckline, and a diamante belt at the waist. She topped things off with a fuzzy shrug and even let her hair down!
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