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Kate Middleton: See Her Wedding Dress!

Celebrity Style Apr. 29, 2011 AT 6:22AM
Kate Middleton: See Her Wedding Dress! Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The moment has arrived!

Kate Middleton -- who becomes a Duchess when she weds Prince William -- made her historic wedding day entrance on Friday.

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Arriving via car with her father Michael Middleton, the royal bride stepped out and at long last debuted her weddinggown: As long predicted, an Alexander McQueen gown custom-designed by Sarah Burton, the label's creative director.

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The stunning gown features a long veil, with lace covering Middleton's bare arms and shoulders. Middleton, 29, reportedly did her own makeup. Her hair? Half up, half down, with a white veil and white ring atop her head.

As she exited the car to enter the chapel, Middleton's sister and maid of honor Pippa, 26, helped her  maneuver the long train.

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An official statement on the Royal Wedding site explains: "Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. [She] wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen's work."

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More details on the dress, on which Middleton collaborated: Its bodice and skirt features a lace applique hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, with lace designed and hand-engineered using a nearly 200-year-old tradition known as Carrickmacross lace-making. Individual flowers -- rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock -- were hand-cut and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle.

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The dress itself was made with ivory and white satin gazar and "echoes an opening flower," the statement adds. The train measures two-meters, 70-centimeters.

The gown also features an ivory satin bodice narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips; the back is finished with 58 gazar and organza-covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.

Tell Us: What do you think of the dress?

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