29 April 2011

Royal Wedding Fever!

My Dear Friends,

Okay, I admit it.

I've caught it....Royal Wedding Fever.  I'm just mesmerized by the traditions, the clothes, the location, the sheer majesty of it all.  Kate Middleton, whether you like her or not, is a modern Cinderella tale.  Born a commoner, with no royal ties (other than being Prince William's 15th cousin once removed) and no titles, goes on to be a real life Princess.  Almost every girl at one point or another, has wanted to be a princess.  As we watch vicariously, one of our own actually got to BE one.  In fact, Kate is the first commoner to marry royalty in 350 years!  Congratulations, William & Kate!

Seriously.  Look at that dress!  Kate Middleton is wearing a long-sleeved, ivory lace and satin gown, designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen.

"Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work," Clarence House officials released in a statement. "Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress."


The Design: "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."
The bridal train measured 270 cm (110 in), and along with the lace, all other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies. The lace motifs were pinned, "framed up" and applied with stab stitching every 2–3 mm around each one. Workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean.
The Fabrics: "French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition."

The Veil: "The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers... and held in place by a Cartier Scroll "halo" tiara, made in 1936, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.  It was purchased by the Queen's father, the Duke of York (subsequently King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother) three weeks before succeeding his brother Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor) as King. Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen) received the tiara from her mother on her 18th birthday.

The Jewelry: "[The earrings] are diamond-set stylized oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavĂ© set diamond acorn suspended in the centre.  Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family's new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves."

The Ring: "Since 1923, it has been a tradition in the royal family to use Welsh gold for the wedding ring of the bride. This ring was made from a small amount of gold that has been kept in the royal vaults since it was presented to Queen Elizabeth II."  

The Shoes: "The wedding shoes have made hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework."

The Bouquet: "The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers."

The Hair: The royal bride opted for a natural "demi-chignon," styled by James Pryce from Kate's favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London.

Something old: The bridal gown, from Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, featured “traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship,” a lace technique that dates back to the 1800s.

Something new: Her parents gifted their daughter with custom-made diamond oak-leaf earrings with a diamond-encrusted acorn set in the middle, a nod to their new family crest.

Something borrowed: Kate’s tiara, on loan from the queen herself, per royal wedding tradition, is a 1936 Cartier “halo.”

Something blue: We can't see it, but a blue ribbon is sewn into the interior of her dress. 

Different Views Of The Dress

"The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of  Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge."
Upon her marriage, Middleton therefore became Her Royal Highness Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus, but is not styled as 'Princess Catherine'.

William & Kate's Coat Of Arms

1 comment:

JoJo said...

I love the dress!! I love lace! She is a classic beauty with refined taste in fashion!