And so Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows Friday. The young couple wed at Westminster Abbey in London as people tuned in from around the world to witness a deluge of pomp and pageantry.
Amidst the spectacle of the Royal Wedding, Middleton’s wedding dress played a leading role. Looking quite elegant and beautiful as she stepped out of the queen’s 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI in front of London’s Westminster Abbey on Friday morning, Middleton unveiled to the world a lovely wedding dress by Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton.
The whole mystery of the wedding dress, and who would design it, has kept tabloids busy for months. Judging by reactions on TV and around the ‘Net, the end result is a fashion triumph.
Inspired by Grace Kelly and the wedding dress she wore when she wed Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, Middleton’s dress is sure to give the wedding gown industry a jolt; Burton’s dress design is being replicated right this second and will soon appear at an upcoming wedding near you.
Prince William was also looking rather sharp on his big day. The future King of England was dressed in full uniform – a striking scarlet tunic of the Irish Guard. His brother, Prince Harry, sported the Blues and Royals officer’s uniform in Dismounted Review Order.
Burton also designed the sexy dress worn by Pippa Middleton, the bride’s younger sister, who served as maid of honor. And let’s pause for a moment and put down our Kate poster to celebrate how good Pippa was looking on her big sis’ special day.
Following the ceremony, William and Kate took a 10-minute horse-drawn carriage ride through the crowded streets of London to Buckingham Palace. Thousands and thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Accompanying them in the procession were thousands of marching soldiers, military bands and mounted regiments.
The public celebration concluded when Middleton and Prince William give their first public kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. William kissed his bride twice, actually.
Among the 1,900 guests to witness Prince William and Kate Middleton say ‘I Do,’ were David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Joss Stone, Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, director Guy Ritchie and Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean!). Prince Henry’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Chelsea Davy was in attendance, as was Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, Autumn Kelly and Zara Phillips.
Prince William received the title of Duke of Cambridge before the ceremony, which means Kate Middleton will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.