Friday 20 September 2019

Kate Middleton had a second wedding dress which doesn't get nearly enough credit

Kate Middleton at the royal wedding in 2011
Kate Middleton at the royal wedding in 2011
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.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House accompanied by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier in the day on April 29, 2011 in London. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/ John Stillwell
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) walks with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (L) as they view the exhibitions of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in central London, on July 22, 2011
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier in the day on April 29, 2011 in London. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/ John Stillwell
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
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on April 29, 2011 in London, England
Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England.
Kate Middleton with Prince William at their 2011 wedding
Duchess of Cambridge pregnant
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Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton's wedding dress is the most influential of the decade, arguably the century, depending on who you ask.

The nine-foot train, lace specially crafted using 19th machines and the 72" ivory silk veil all made for a timeless creation by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It will remain a show-stopper for years to come. But all that drama is a little restricting and like most brides, Middleton changed into a second, more modern dress, by the same designer.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier in the day on April 29, 2011 in London. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/ John Stillwell
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier in the day on April 29, 2011 in London. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/ John Stillwell

News of the Duchess of Cambridge's second gown has been making the rounds this week after a number of articles began trending about her "secret wedding dress". The "secret" aspect isn't exactly true as every royal watcher worth their salt could describe the dress to you by memory.

Kate's other dress, worn for one of their many receptions at Clarence House, was a little more low-key than her Princess Grace inspired number walking up the aisle at Westminster Abbey. It was a simpler, silk gown with sweetheart neckline, embellished waistline and an angora cardigan to adhere to the conversation royal standards.

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.
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.
Kate Middleton with Prince William at their 2011 wedding
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House accompanied by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier in the day on April 29, 2011 in London. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/ John Stillwell
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on April 29, 2011 in London, England
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) walks with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (L) as they view the exhibitions of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in central London, on July 22, 2011
Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England.
Duchess of Cambridge pregnant

The bride's mother and sister Carole and Pippa both also changed into less restrictive dresses for the after-party.

Her hair fell looser and more in keeping with the signature hair style she has embraced since then and like most brides, looked absolutely delighted on her big day. The after-party was as exclusive as it gets - the wedding itself had 1,900 guests in attendance, including Amy Huberman attending on her and Brian O'Driscoll's behalf and Victoria and David Beckham.

This was followed by a lunch attended by 650 people, which was eventually whittled down to 300 of their nearest and dearest, where Ellie Goulding performed, fireworks were displayed and Buckingham Palace's Throne Room was turned into a "massive nightclub".

The bash was hosted by Prince Charles, but unsurprisingly, Prince Harry was said to be the driving horse behind the details that made the celebrations so memorable. "There was a huge bar in the middle of the room, lots of sofas for everyone to lounge on when they weren’t on the dance floor, and a stage for the band," a source told The Telegraph at the time.

 

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