I was planning to cover this story sometimes back. April 29th, 2011 is a memorable date for Bristish and almost everyone in other parts of the world. We all witnessed this Royal Wedding from many sources of media: TV, internet, newspaper, twitter, facebook, etc.
Knowing that most of you have been reading about this year Royal Wedding many times, I just simply can’t resist the temptation to cover it once again in a single post. This wedding turn out to be a wedding that reflect a simplicity and warmness rather than the glamour type. True enough William & Kate still need to follow the royalty tradition and rules, but the world can see the love between this love birds and how they are dying for just a simple matter.
Here’re 2 names which hold the key roles on the actual day
Maid of Honour: Miss Philippa Middleton (Kate’s Sister)
Best Man: Prince Harry (William’s Brother)
A total of 1,900 people received an invitation to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Royal Wedding Invitation
Few celebrities are invited to this wedding such as pop icon Elton John, who was close to Prince William’s mother Lady Diana, is invited. So is Mr. Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson), who is a close friend of Prince Charles; soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, and soul singer Joss Stone. And a british musician James Blunt will be playing the church organ at the ceremony.
Royal Wedding Programme
The Queen has been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
Here’re some pictures during the wedding ceremony at Westminister Abbey, London in sequences.
First glimpse of Kate's highly anticipated dress with her dad, Michael Middleton, on their way to the church
Kate arrives at Westminster Abbey, London
Kate walks down the aisle together with her Maid of Honour and bridal party
William whispered to her, "You looks beautiful" 🙂
Prince William kisses his wife Kate on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in London.
William and Kate were to cut the wedding cake as the duke and duchess of Cambridge at the queen’s lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace. The wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was accompanied by a chocolate biscuit cake that William had requested made from a royal family recipe.
Royal Wedding Cake
There are around 600 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by Queen Elizabeth II, and about 300 people have been invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by the Prince Charles.
Enough with the formality involved in the Royal Wedding. Now we move to the “in” things about this wedding. Yes, it is all about Kate’s wedding attires!
Her dress has been designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
The lace appliqu for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliqud) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been 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.
The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier “halo” tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. The “halo” tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
Kate's Wedding Dress
Kate's Evening Wedding Dress
The wedding shoes have made hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
Kate's Wedding Shoes
The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.