Princess Kate left ‘in tears’ after wedding day detail was leaked to the press
Royal Wedding: Expert discusses Kate Middleton’s dress
Princess Kate and Prince William’s wedding on April 29 2011 was watched by millions of people across the world, with speculation about the dress she would wear cementing her status as a royal fashion icon.
The day went without a hitch, as the pair made their vows at Westminster Abbey and then travelled back to Buckingham Palace to celebrate in style with their family and friends.
However, the stresses of the day undoubtedly took their toll on the couple, with Kate reportedly left “in tears” after a key detail about her wedding dress was leaked to the media.
The royals had been keen to keep the designer of her wedding dress, Sarah Burton, under wraps, but shortly before the wedding the Sunday Times reported: “A fashion source said that the dress will be a combination of Middleton’s own design ideas and Burton’s deep knowledge and understanding of high fashion.”
Sarah Burton was head at Alexander McQueen, and is a highly renowned British designer still beloved by the Princess 11 years later.
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Despite Kate and the Palace’s best efforts, word had got out that Sarah Burton would be creating the dress, even though the designer denied it right up until the gown was revealed on the day of the wedding.
Speaking on Channel 5 documentary, Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers, royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed Kate was devastated about the secret of her dress designer being leaked.
She said: “Behind the scenes I think that caused tears at the Palace because Kate had done everything she could to keep the wedding dress a secret.”
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The fashion designer later spoke out about her experience designing for royalty: “Some people think … that I’m afraid to speak up about the happy experience I had creating the Duchess of Cambridge’s [now Princess of Wales] wedding dress, but I can tell you that is nonsense.
“I have never been a shrinking violet or a person who is ruled by fear. I loved making the dress…and we put our hearts into it. I respect the intimate nature of that lovely project and I respect the friendships that were forged during it.
“An instinctive, intelligent, imaginative young woman’s wish for a beautiful wedding dress – or any kind of dress – is the most natural thing in the world. And I was honoured to pick up the challenge and always will be.”
Kate’s gorgeous gown was a traditional white, constructed as a strapless bodice with hand-sewn lace appliqué over the body and skirt, with lace carrying on down over her arms to create full-length sleeves.
The dressmakers from the Royal School of Needlework created hand-cut lace flowers for the ivory silk tulle design, including roses, thistle, daffodils, and shamrocks, to represent each nation of the United Kingdom.
A blue ribbon was also sewn into the gown for the bride’s customary ‘something blue’, while her ‘something borrowed’ was the Queen’s famous Cartier Halo tiara which she wore on top of her veil.
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