Friday 22 September 2017

Philip Treacy: King of Royal wedding hats

Victoria Beckham wearing a Philip Treacy military pill box hat
Victoria Beckham wearing a Philip Treacy military pill box hat

Independent.ie reporters

Irish milliner Philip Treacy designed and made 36 hats at today’s royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

The London based designer, who was born in Ahascragh, Co Galway has built an international reputation for sumptuous hats. He designs for the world's leading couture houses including Givenchy, Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.

In 2007 he was awarded an OBE by Prince Charles for his service to the British fashion industry. Today hundreds of millions of television viewers from all over the world saw his designs on celebrities and royals in the bridal party.

The late Isabella Blow, style editor of Tatler helped Treacy (44) to launch his career and often wore his latest designs.

Meanwhile, soccer star David Beckham arrived at Westminster Abbey for today’s royal wedding sporting his Order of the British Empire – on the wrong side.

The normal custom is to wear medals on the left lapel and to wear the medals of a deceased family member on the right. However, the player, accompanied by his pregnant wife Victoria, wore his medal on the right lapel of his Ralph Lauren suit. Victoria Beckham wore a midnight blue VB dress with a Philip Treacy military pill box hat.

Prince William became the Duke of Cambridge today just hours before his marriage to Kate Middleton in a historic ceremony watched by million across the globe. His new wife becomes her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge when the happy couple are pronounced husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Queen marked the royal wedding by giving her grandson the dukedom - the highest rank in British peerage.

The news came as hundreds of thousands of well-wishers poured into London eager for a glimpse of the wedding.

Early morning trains, usually all-but deserted on a Bank Holiday, were packed with royal fans, some wearing mock tiaras, most clutching Union flags.

They were rewarded with the news that the happy couple will brave the elements and travel from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in the open-topped 1902 State Landau.

As the bride and groom awoke after spending the traditional night apart, thousands of well-wishers were already lining the processional route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

Forecasters' warnings of rain showers over central London failed to dampen the mounting excitement.

Paddy Harverson, the Prince of Wales's communications secretary, said William was relaxed and having breakfast ahead of his wedding.

The Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, who is officiating at the ceremony while the Archbishop of Canterbury marries the couple, predicted "a tremendously warm and uplifting day".

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