Royal Wedding 2011

Now that we have an idea of what designer Meghan Markle has chosen to design her wedding dress (its looking like Ralph and Russo! Well known for their intricate beaded designs in bridal) , we thought we would have a look back at HRH The Duchess of Cambridge's  ceremonial gown and accessories on her big day! 

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The dress

The dress was designed by Sarah Burton, designer from The House of Alexander McQueen. Sarah worked alongside the Royal School of Needlework, to ensure that even the tiniest of details were absolutely perfect.  The gown had the most beautiful chantilly lace sleeves, and a satin bodice overlayed with lace appliques. The appliques consisted of individual roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks! The skirt was made from a fine satin gazar, designed with arches around the skirt, to replicate an opening flower, and this was finished with a 9ft train- which is quite big to us, but nothing in comparison to Princess Diana's!! 

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The shoes

The shoes, a beautiful ivory heel with the same embroidery used as on the dress, were also designed by Sarah Burton, made by Alexander McQueen!

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Hair and Makeup

Kate famously did her own makeup for the big day, with her well recognised smokey kohl eyeliner, blush cheeks, and blush pink lipstick- very subtle and not too different from what she would wear normally- which is the perfect choice when it comes to bridal makeup! 

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Her royal hairdresser at the time, James Pryce, designed her hair for the biggest day of 2011,  in a simple but classic, half up half down style, with soft curls. The soft curls were used to create a fairytale look, and it was all swept back to keep all of the details of the dress in view! 


The Bouquet

Shane Conolly designed the stunning bouquet, using aspects of royal tradition and sentiment. Hyacinth flowers where used to represent "love", Lily of the Valley for "happiness", Sweet William for "gallantry" and Myrtle for "love and marriage!".  A sprig of Myrtle is used in all the royal bouquets, and this particular sprig was picked from a tree planted by Queen Victoria! 


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The time honoured tradition...

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."

Every bride knows of and has heard of this traditional rhyme! And most of the time, if not every time, a bride makes sure she has something of each, to bring her luck on her big day!

And this was no exception for the Duchess on her big day. Her something old and borrowed, was the Queens Cartier Halo Tiara, that she recieved on her 18th birthday! This beautifully understated tiara, was loaned to Kate for the day to complete her bridal look-and it looked amazing! 

Something new, was a gift of diamond earrings from her parents, designed using elements of their family crest!

And Something blue, was a tiny blue ribbon, stitched underneath the lining of her dress!



We cant wait to see how Meghan's bridal look, compares to Kate's timelessly elegant look!


Lots of love, Team CB xx