Much to the chagrin of Oseyi and Suby, the female of the Team FAB species kept a keen eye on the Royal Wedding ’11 – not only because we’re all big suckers for a little bit of romance (royal or otherwise), but also because 29 April also saw the unveiling of the bride the most talked of wedding dress of the century to date: Miss Middleton’s piece de resitance designed by none other than Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen – an understated yet classy lace affair reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s 40s wedding gown.

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Kate Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. British craftsmanship took centre stage with all fabrics except the French Chantilly lace were sources and supplied by British companies.

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The corseted bodice and full skirt both featured lace applique hand made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, which has also assisted the McQueen team in combining French Chantilly lace with English Cluny lace.

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The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier  1936 ‘Halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.

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Kate’s wedding band was made from a nugget of Welsh gold given to Prince William by the Queen as an engagement present by the 146-year-old Wartski, who have a royal warrant and also made Diana’s wedding ring.

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At two metres 70cm long, Kate’s train is a lesson in modesty when compared to her predecessors’ trains, especially Princess Diana’s at a whopping 7.6m.

Meanwhile, the back of the dress features some 58 buttons – a detail echoed at the back of maid-of-honour Pippa Middleton’s dress.

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Kate sported diamond drop Robinson Pelham earrings given by her parents and a modern hairdo known as ‘some up, some down’ which saw her trusted hairdresser duo Richard Ward and James Pryce start work at 6.30am.

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Designed by Shane Connolly, the bouquet featured myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet william and hyacinth which respectively symbolise marriage, return of happiness, gallantry and constancy of love.

Let’s see what some Nigerian designers had to say on Twitter about the wedding dress of 2011:

And Bumni Koko’s interview with Britain’s ITV 1 about her expectations regarding Kate Middleton’s dress:




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