Kate Middleton’s wedding dress by Alexander McQueen
Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe of Asturias and Princess Letizia of Asturias
I love the all the gentlemens’ morning coats!
Since Kate will not be arriving in the traditional horse drawn carriage and has chosen a more modern arrival via Rolls-Royce, I believe she has chosen a dress a little less traditional for a royal wedding. I don’t expect her to wear a ballgown or something as grand as Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
I assume she will wear something of more like an a-line silhouette or an empire waist. Since it is a royal occasion taking place inside a cathedral there will be no strapless or sweetheart necklines (no cleavage in front of the Queen, my love). I wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up in a dress similar in style to that of Princess Grace of Monaco.
Kate will wear a dress of understated elegance made of lace and pearls.
The three acorns represent Mr. and Mrs. Middleton’s three children (Catherine, Philippa and James). The acorns represent the area where the Middleton children grew up – West Berkshire, England which is surrounded by oak trees. Additionally, oak is a long-established symbol of both ‘England’ and ‘Strength.’
The gold chevron, which sits at the center of the design, represents Mrs. Middleton, whose maiden name is Goldsmith. The two thinner chevrons, which sit either side of the gold chevron, allude to hills and mountains and represent outdoor pursuits that the family enjoy together. The colors blue and red were chosen as they are the principle colors from the flag of the United Kingdom.
Prince William’s fiancée is expected to leave her flowers on a black marble slab that covers the remains of the First World War soldier.
The Queen Mother began the long-standing tradition when her wedding posy was left at the grave in 1923 after her wedding to the Duke of York, later George VI.
The royal left the flowers in memory of her brother Fergus, killed in 1915 during the global conflict.
Tradition dictates that the day following royal weddings the floral tribute is sent to the Abbey after the official wedding pictures of the bride and groom have been taken.
The location of the Unknown Warrior’s resting place at the west end of the Abbey in the centre of the nave will also have a bearing on the bride’s procession to the altar.
Kate and her father Michael Middleton will have to make their way around the grave stone as it is the only one in the ancient building congregations are not allowed to walk on.
The Unknown Warrior’s body was brought from France and buried on Armistice Day, November 11 1920.
It is thought the idea came from the Rev David Railton, who had served as a chaplain on the Western Front.
To the surprise of the organisers during the week after the burial an estimated 1.2 million people visited the Abbey, and the site is now one of the most visited war graves in the world.
- The Telegraph – 04/23/11