15 Of The Royal Wedding's Greatest Photos
Kate Middleton became Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on April 29th, 2011.
The bride wore a custom-made Alexander McQueen wedding gown, made up of ivory lace hand-stitched at the Royal School of Needlework. Seamstresses were required to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace pristine, never made of aware of their high-profile customer's name.
"There were a lot of references to Victorian corsetry," designer Sarah Burton explained of the dress. "The padded hip, the tiny cinched-in waist, and also to the arts and crafts movement with all of the hand-work on the lace of the dress and also the bustle inside to create the shape of the back of the dress."
Atop Kate's head sat the Cartier "Halo" tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth. According to the Royal Collection, the piece was originally bought in 1936 by King George VI for his wife, Queen Elizabeth, who then gifted it to her daughter on her 18th birthday.
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