It seems like a million years ago already, but as Prince William stepped out in his Irish Guards military uniform by Kashket & Partners we all squealed with excitement, for it was until this point that Britain had taken a back step with patriotism and was acting like we were completely not bothered that the wedding of the century was taking place.
We had watched mesmerised as royalty, MP’s and celebrities all arrived early at Westminster Abbey; which was transformed into an ethereal magical woodland wonderland with Maple Trees and more.
Then as the Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrived, men everywhere took notice; who was this beautiful bridesmaid who at that point was upstaging the bride? Dressed in a slinky silk and lace McQueen floor length gown by Sarah Burton, Pippa wowed the crowds with a simple floral display in her hair and stunning Robinson Pelham jewels.
In fact jewellers Robinson Pelham where the driving force behind all of the Middleton family that poignant day. Princess Catherine’s parents Carole and Michael had commissioned the company to produce a pair of hand-made bespoke earrings for Catherine as a wedding gift, showcasing her new coat of arms that included an acorn and oak leaves all set in stunning pave diamonds, and echoed her chosen tiara.
Mother of the bride, Carole Middleton wore a tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earring whilst two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, were also adorned by the Father of the bride, Michael, and the bride’s brother, James.
As Miss Catherine Middleton stepped out from the Goring Hotel in London, into her waiting car, we all snatched a glimpse of her wedding gown: beautiful long-sleeved lace encapsulated over a heart-shaped bodice.
We were then stunned when she arrived at the Abbey and was helped out of the car: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was the choice, and everything down to the slimline skirt with lace applique was perfect. This was a women who knows her own mind and had matched the church perfectly to her elegant gown.
Sarah Burton followed with a statement later that day:
“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lace work, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.
“The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy. Understandably, Catherine has been very keen to keep the details of her dress a secret, which is every bride’s prerogative, and we gave an undertaking to keep our role confidential until the day of the wedding.
“Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created. The dress was just one component of a spectacular day, and I do not think it is appropriate to comment any further beyond saying that I personally am very grateful and honoured to have been given the opportunity to work on this project, and I wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every good wish for the future.”
Apart from the fabulous gown; which the Duchess of Cambridge later changed for the evening party, the highlights were lip-reading; as at one point when they left the Abbey Prince William turned to Kate and mouthed ‘Wow, this is mad’, speaking of the crowds who had turned out in their thousands to watch them. Princess Catherine also mouthed back, ‘Are you happy?’, in which the Prince replied blushing ‘Yes’.
Will & Kate’s departure in their vintage Aston Martin, waving to fans and looking immensely happy as they headed to Clarence House was also another highlight, putting on a show for the well-wishes.
But, how, oh how we would have loved to be a fly on the wall for Prince Harry’s speech and the evening reception…