On April 29th, 2011, William and Kate made it official by saying their “I Do’s” in front of billions of people around the world. Their fantastically elaborate wedding has been noted as the “Royal Wedding of the Century” and has been the trigger of happiness for the past few months. On this wonderful day, the Queen gave the Royal couple the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I was utterly obsessed with all of the wedding coverage and I am pleased to share a synopsis with all of those who were not able to view at 3am Eastern time.
As Kate arrived next to him on the aisle, Prince William jokingly remarked to his father-in-law, “Just a small family affair!” With an estimated two billion people watching, this gathering was anything but “small.”
Something different these two did was changed their vows. Instead of saying “to obey”, Kate wanted to say “to love, comfort, honor, and keep.” I love that this adorable couple is putting a modern spin on tradition.
Kate’s gown can be viewed as one of the best-kept fashion secrets of all time. She decided on Sarah Burton, artistic director of Alexander McQueen, and chose a dress with a v-neck and long lace sleeves. Prince William’s office stated, “the dress was made of ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoed an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and a train measuring 2.7 meters (9 feet). The ivory satin bodice, which is padded at the hips and narrowed at the waist, draws on Victorian tradition, a hallmark of McQueen’s designs.” I can hardly wait to see all of the trends this dress will spark for weddings to come.
Kate also wore Queen Elizabeth’s wedding tiara, which was absolutely stunning!
Prince William and his bride left Westminster Abbey in the same open topped horse-drawn carriage used by the Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day in 1981.
Prince William used the spectacular oval blue 18-carat sapphire and diamond ring when he first popped the question to Middleton. William said giving Kate the ring was his way of ensuring his late mother could be part of the occasion. In front of the world’s press, he said: “It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
As everyone gathered in front of Westminster Abbey, crowds went into a frenzy over the celebrities that were attending the service. Celebrity guests included Victoria Beckham and her husband David. Elton John also attended with partner, Bernie Taupin.
The invitation asked the lady guests to wear a hat. People showed their adoration for the future Princess by emulating her favorite fashion staple. There were some notable pieces out in the audience, with such elaborate hats that were larger than some people’s heads! If you were not seen with a hat on, it was seen as disrespectful and therefore a fashion faux pas.
The wedding cake was designed by Fiona Cairns and was accompanied by a chocolate biscuit cake that William had requested made from a royal family recipe. The garland on the cake matched the architectural garland in the room. The wedding cake was made up of 17 individual fruitcakes, with 12 forming the base. Yum!!
The couple left the abbey hand in hand and rode toward Buckingham Palace, where crowds gathered to watch their first kiss as a married couple. The new couple shared a kiss on the balcony, which was very brief! To respect the demands of the crowd, they locked lips again. Awww..
William and Kate surprised everyone by driving away from the palace in an Aston Martin with the numberplate JU5T WED. What a perfect ending to a perfect day!
Oh..and I had to include a picture of the adorable Queen Elizabeth..
A very royal congratulations to the happy couple from all of us here at Lulus!
What did you all think of the royal festivities?
*All photos courtesy of People.com*