Friday, April 29, 2011

In love with the Royal Wedding, Part 1

Something Old -
Catherine's wedding dress featured a long-sleeved lace overlay by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton. The pattern used on the dress is known as the Carrickmacross lace-making technique and is said to be a tribute to traditional British craftsmanship.
Something New -
Her something new came from her parents as they gave her a pair of leaf-shaped diamond earrings made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara.
Something Borrowed -
Catherine's headgear featured a 1936 halo-style Cartier tiara lent to her by The Queen.
Something Blue -
And in order to include something blue, Catherine had a small amount of blue ribbon sewn into her gown.
"The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus," Her Royal Highness's Press Secretary reported.
"Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge."
The second title, the Earldom of Strathearn, is likely to be used when the couple are in Scotland or visiting on official duties. As a couple, they'll be the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. The Barony of Carrickfergus is a Northern Irish title. So, the couple will be Lord and Lady Carrickfergus – again, likely used when they're in Northern Ireland.
Upon the Queen's death, William will automatically inherit the title of Duke of Cornwall from Prince Charles, 62, who would then step up to the throne. Once Charles settles into his crown, he will also pass on the title of Prince of Wales to William.
The official Royal Wedding website says the bride chose Sarah Burton and the house of McQueen "for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing".
The dress itself features a lace applique of hand-cut flowers on the bodice and skirt made by the Royal School of Needlework.
All fabrics used were made by British companies and included English lace and French Chantilly lace, ivory and white satin gazar with the underskirt made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
The back of the custom McQueen gown was finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. Kate also wore hand-made McQueen shoes made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The Duchess of Cambridge's silk tulle veil was held in place by a diamond Cartier tiara, lent to bride by the Queen.
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