The moment has arrived!
Kate Middleton — who becomes a Duchess when she weds Prince William — made her historic wedding day entrance on Friday.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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