Kate Middleton’s Sensational Alexander McQueen Wedding Dress

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You know we were one of the millions who waited with bated breath to find out what Kate Middleton would wear on her wedding day.

Sarah Burton, the creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, was the designer behind Kate Middleton's wedding dressSarah Burton, the creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, was the designer behind Kate Middleton’s wedding dress (Credit: Tony Clark / WENN / Anwar Hussein)

And now that we know Kate wore a beautiful, long-sleeved, lace-bodiced, sweeping-skirted dress from Alexander McQueen, it will be another suspenseful wait until copies of Kate’s dress hit the stores.

The dress was the epitome of traditional British craftsmanship and incorporated elements from royal wedding dresses of the pastThe dress was the epitome of traditional British craftsmanship and incorporated elements from royal wedding dresses of the past (Credit: Tony Clark / WENN / Anwar Hussein)

Kate Middleton wore the Cartier “Halo” tiara, lent to her by Queen Elizabeth II. The tiara was made in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife (later the Queen Mother).

Kate Middleton's wedding dress, designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, is renowned for its elegance and intricate design, captivating the public's attention during the royal wedding on April 29, 2011Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, is renowned for its elegance and intricate design, captivating the public’s attention during the royal wedding on April 29, 2011 (Credit: Tony Clark / WENN / Anwar Hussein)

The bodice was narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, a design inspired by the Victorian corsetry tradition, an Alexander McQueen hallmark. The skirt echoed an opening flower with white satin gazar arches and pleats.

The train of the dress measured approximately 2.7 meters (9 feet) in lengthThe train of the dress measured approximately 2.7 meters (9 feet) in length (Credit: Tony Clark / WENN / Anwar Hussein)

Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William in 2011 had several similarities to Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

Each wedding was a major global event, watched by millions of people worldwide. David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed Diana’s dress, while Sarah Burton designed Kate’s dress for Alexander McQueen.

This photo composition juxtaposes the arrival of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at their wedding on July 29, 1981, with that of William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011This photo composition juxtaposes the arrival of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at their wedding on July 29, 1981, with that of William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011 (Credit: Tony Clark / WENN / Anwar Hussein)

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