Fit for a McQueen: Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey wearing a design by Sarah Burton
Since the engagement was announced, the world has been waiting with bated breath for the moment Catherine Elizabeth Middleton would transform from commoner to royal bride.
And smiling Catherine was the picture of poise as walked down the aisle wearing a stunning ivory and satin Alexander McQueen
The 9ft train flowed from a skirt echoing an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats
The bride was heavily involved in the design and worked closely with Burton to ensure the gown would be a combination of both tradition and modern.
The result is a stunning lace appliqué bodice and 9ft train - echoing an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats, that appeared to be inspired by Grace Kelly's dress for her marriage to Monegasque Prince Rainier III.
The bride was heavily involved in the design and worked closely with Burton to ensure the design would be a combination of both tradition and modern
Sporting a diamond Cartier Halo tiara lent to her by the Queen, Catherine's hair was worn, as expected, in signature loose waves - offset by pear-shaped diamond earrings designed by Robinson Pelham inspired by the Middleton's new coat of arms.
Her veil - made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers - fell to her waist.
The workmanship involved saw the dress was made with Individual flowers 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.
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