Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Revealed

After months of speculation and rumors, Kate Middleton stepped out in  a stunning Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen wedding dress. The blushing bride was covered with a veil and was wearing a tiara as she waved to the crowds on her way to Westminster Abbey. Her long sleeve dress has a lace overlay. The bride chose champagne colored flowers to accompany the breath-taking gown. 

Prince William was dressed in his military garb as he waited for his bride to walk down the aisle. Rumors were swirling as to who Kate would be wearing to the Royal Wedding.  So why did Kate go with Sarah Burton?

According to the official royal wedding website: 

“Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing.  Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.  Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.”

The release continues to describe the couture gown, reading:

“The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace.  The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.  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.”

Five designers were on the ballot to be designing a dress the new “People’s Princess.” Up-and-comer Sophie Cranston, one of Princess Diana‘s fave Bruce Oldfield and Alice Temperley have all been thought to be designing the top secret ensemble.

As for Kate’s tiara, the stunning head gear was made by Cartier, then belonged to Queen Mum who gave to Queen Elizabeth who loaned to Kate for her big day.