Given Kate's normally understated and 'safe' style I thought she would go for a a form-fitting dress along the lines of her sister Pippa's bridesmaid dress, but when she stepped out of the 1978 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI I had to say whatta dress! and from then on in I was gripped by the ceremony! Clearly the 'Mad Men' effect has reached Royal circles! It was designed by Alexander McQueen's successor, Sarah Burton, and props to them all for keeping it a surprise!
Of course it's drawn many comparisons to Grace Kelly's wedding gown of 1956 when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco - another 'commoner' who married a royalty. Like Grace's, Kate's dress had a fitted bodice and long fitted lace sleeves with the skirt slightly flaring from her tiny waist. Even their bouquets bear a resemblance. The nine foot long train elegantly steered away from 'meringue' territory. She looked nothing less than regal in her timelessly beautiful dress. Her Cartier Halo tiara lent to her by the Queen (something borrowed!) was stunning and not to blingin' and her choice of a sheer, diaphanous veil was brilliant as it allowed everyone to see her, her happy expressions, and of course, get a glimpse at her DIY make up!
To prepare for doing it herself on the big day it's reported Kate received lessons from makeup artist Arabella Preston. Given that she probably didn't get a wink of sleep last night and has no doubt been stressing for the past six months I thought she looked healthy, radiant and elegant. She probably used a bit of a heavier hand than most wedding make up artists would, but in my opinion this is no bad thing. Of course you want to look 'natural' and dare I say 'virginal', or at least innocent on your wedding day, but I've seen so many brides who wear quite a full face of make up as their natural routine hand the reins over to a MUA on the day only to end up looking a bit washed out without much definition to their features. This is fine is you're a no-make-up kinda gal, but for the likes of me, this wouldn't fly!
I adored the piece of music which accompanied her procession up the aisle, I Was Glad is from Psalm 122 and here's a video of it from the Queen's Golden Jubilee, it sounded pretty much the same today and was very moving. Don't ask me why but it reminded me of the waltzing scene at the end of Disney's Sleeping Beauty!
Prince William was in his uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards and looked very dashing, but I didn't know he'd gotten that bald! They are very sweet together and clearly in love. As for the other guests, Kate's mum looked lovely and not too 'mumsy' in Catherine Walker, a nod to Princess Diana as she was her favourite designer.
Victoria Beckham looked sour-faced as usual, no doubt due to the huge heels she was wearing with a big mummy tummy! Her expression was more than made up for by David's hotness!
Harry's on-off lady friend Chelsy Davy wore a bright aqua Alberta Ferretti skirt suit which was managed not to look too mature with a very wide collar. Her grey lace hat was by Victoria Grant and looked much better than some of the headdress monstrosities on display today *cough* Princes Beatrice *cough*.
I woke up quite late, at 10.10 so I missed much of the coverage of the guests arriving at Westminster Abbey, but after the double kiss balcony scene I headed down to Hyde Park to soak up the atmosphere, which was buzzing. There are always those who moan and groan about the cost of the occasion on the taxpayer, but there are much worse wastes of money - wars against nations that pose no real threat to British sovereignty anyone? I'd rather donate a few bob to this and get a day off work to party in the streets!
I picked this souvenir edition of the Evening Standard up just after 2pm - I have no idea how they put it together and got it off the presses in only a couple of hours!
Kate's gown for the evening festivities is equally gorgeous and also designed by Sarah Burton, but white as opposed to her ivory wedding dress. Good hair too!
Let's hope they have a happy ever after and I want to see babies soon!
Where did you watch the wedding? Did you go to a street party?
*some images taken from Google*