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Video: Kate Middleton wedding dress is Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Hilary Alexander

Published 29/04/2011 | 12:02

Kate Middleton arrives to the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Tom Pilston - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton with her father on the way to Westminster Abbey
Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and princess of Monaco Grace Kelly salute the crowd as they leave Saint Nicholas Cathedral after their wedding ceremony in Monaco on April 19, 1956 in a convertible cream and black Rolls Royce offered by the people of Monaco as a wedding gift. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Catherine Middleton has chosen a bridal gown fit for a queen-to-be. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen is the British designer who has created the Wedding Dress of the Century.

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Ms Middleton's arrival at Westminster Abbey a few minutes ago revealed 'the dress' in all its sumptuous glory, to a waiting world estimated at two billion.



Ms Middleton stepped out of the vintage Rolls Royce Phantom VI and into the pages of royal and fashion history.



Fabulous, fashionable and fairytale, the dress was fit for a queen-to-be and combined the style of a modern princess with that of a 20th Century princess, namely Grace Kelly, one of Diana, Princess of Wales's early champions.

The dress featured a strapless, Victorian style corset, underneath a high-necked, sculpted bodice in hand-made lace which contoured the waist and hips.

The long, medieval-style sleeves and ultra-long train on the softly pleated ivory and white satin gazar skirt, which was held by her maid of honour, her sister Philippa, enhanced Ms Middleton's regal bearing as she made her way, on the arm of her father, to the Abbey's Great West Door.



The design of the long-awaited wedding-dress combined majesty and modernity, royal heritage and romantic history, passion and pageantry.



Underneath the long lace-trimmed veil, Ms. Middleton wore a small diamond tiara.





The first glimpse of the spectacular gown ended months of anticipation, weeks of speculation, and endless rumours and gossip.



Since the engagement of Prince William and Ms Middleton was announced in November, feverish guesswork and hypothetical fashion scenarios had suggested most of the country's better-known designers, including Stella McCartney and Bruce Oldfield, a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, as having landed the coveted royal commission.



Ms Burton, however, remained the hot favourite.



Aged 35, the Manchester-born designer took over as creative director of the Alexander McQueen brand in May last year, following the tragic death by suicide of the maverick British couturier. She had been his atelier right-hand for 12 years.



The legacy of having worked alongside the man regarded as one of the true British fashion geniuses was quickly demonstrated. In just two seasons, Burton has shown the ability to infuse McQueen's radical ethos with a breathtaking sense of romance and sensuality, and a mastery of hand-craftsmanship.



Alexander McQueen's life and work will be celebrated with a major restospective, 'Savage Beauty', at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, opening next week.

Telegraph.co.uk

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