Saturday, 30 April 2011

A Royal Occasion

For the first time in a very long time i felt proud to be British yesterday.

The long wait is finally over… 

The dress of the Century was revealed with anticipation when Kate (or should we be calling her Catherine?) stepped out of the Goring Hotel at precisely 10.51am and into her awaiting Rolls Royce with her father, which carried her to the Abbey. As she got out the car the entire nation was holding their breath as she the dress was revealed. Although she looked nervous she looked beautiful. A true Princess as she elegantly proceeded up the aisle to meet the man she longed to marry, as their eyes met he lent over to whisper 'you look beautiful'. The dress designed by the inevitable and much celebrated Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was sensational. I was so pleased to hear that Kate chose Sarah Burton, the dress exemplifies everything British about Fashion; the sleeves were hand-stitched lace detailed with buttons up her wrist and down her back, the train was very modest but the material moved with such grace. I have heard reporters say she looks reminiscent of Grace Kelly and that her dress could well have been 50's inspired.  Sarah Burton also designed her evening gown for the black-tie event at Buckingham Palace it  was a strapless white satin gazar evening gown with diamante around the waist and a white angora bolero cardigan. Again a dress fit for a princess. Sarah Burton has said that she 'enjoyed every moment of making the dress' and said that Kate looked 'stunning'.

Her tiara Made by Cartier in 1936, the tiara was purchased by the Queen's father, the Duke of York for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King, it fitted perfectly on crown of her head and sparkled immensely.  The earrings were the bride's 'something new' (also a wedding day present for Kate from her mother and father). For her 'something blue', a blue ribbon was sewn into the interior of her dress, while her 'something old' was the traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship used to create the bridal gown.

It was a brilliant day for British Fashion yesterday as the royal and the rich gathered at The Abbey to watch the ceremony of the century. Victoria Beckham wearing one of her own designs and a Phillip Treacy hat. Her and David were only briefly shown on television with him in a Ralph Lauren morning suit holding a top hat (oh and his 1920's sleeked back hair couldn't go without a mention, is there anything that man can't pull off?) Worst dressed must be handed to The Duke of York's daughter's, Princess Eugenie's Vivienne Westwood's outfit resembled more of a curtain than a dress standing next to her sister who's Valentino design was not such a flattering colour and the hat? Ahead of her game?

Both Mrs Middleton dressed in one of Princess Diana's favourite designer's Catherine Walker and i hate to say Camilla Parker-Bowles looked very sophisticated. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I Salute you.

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