‘Tears at the Palace’ after royal wedding detail was ‘leaked’
Kate Middleton and William talk at altar at 2011 Royal Wedding
A secret that the Princess of Wales worked hard to keep but was discovered by the press before her wedding prompted “tears at the Palace”, a royal commentator has reportedly claimed.
Kate married Prince William on April 29 2011 in a fairytale wedding at Westminster Abbey, which will also be the setting of the King’s Coronation on May 6 this year.
The princess was determined to keep her dress a strict secret, but just over a month away from the big day was upset to see that the name of the designer, Alexander McQueen, had been leaked.
Speaking to Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers about Kate’s understandable upset, royal commentator Katie Nicholl said: “Behind the scenes I think that caused tears at the Palace because Kate had done everything she could to keep the wedding dress a secret.”
But the ivory and satin design of the gown remained a secret, and left spectators breathless when she revealed the Victorian-inspired wedding dress on the wedding day.
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According to Buckingham Palace Kate had chosen the brand for “the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing.”
The Princess of Wales wanted to combine tradition and modernity in the gown, Mail Online reports, and it is said she worked with the designer Sarah Burton to ensure she had the perfect dress for her wedding day.
But Burton underestimated the gravity of the task at the time. She told The New York Times Style Magazine in 2014: “I had no idea it would be as big as it was.
“Only the night before, seeing all the photographers outside the Abbey, did I think, “Oh, my God. This is massive.””
Many of fashion’s biggest designers commented on the dress, including the late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who said: “Alexander McQueen’s dresses are always very elegant.
“It’s very pretty, and relatively classic, but that goes with the décor, with a little touch of the 1950s that recalls Marilyn Monroe or Queen Elizabeth’s dress.
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“The lace is pretty, especially the embroidered veil and the tiara not too high, without too heavy a bun.
“It’s ravishing and the length of the train is perfect.
“It’s all elegant and chic – you don’t need to be born a royal princess to be like that.”
Christian Lacroix was also a fan of the dress and said: “I like the dress very much, simpler than expected: a combination just in between 1956 Grace Kelly and 1947 Queen Elizabeth dress.
“I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s Thirties scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown.
“She’s radiant; she never was so beautiful.”
With a colossal 162 million worldwide viewers watching on TV, the ceremony was an undeniable success.
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