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May 262017
 

Hello and Happy Friday to everyone. I imagine most readers are looking forward to a 3-day weekend with Monday being Memorial Day here in the US and a bank holiday in the UK. We start with an addition to Kate’s Calendar.

  • Wednesday, June 7: According to Flanders Today Kate & William will visit Mesen, Belgium to take part in ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Messines. From the article: “The commemoration of the First World War battle, which took place from 7 to 14 June 1917, will involve a joint British-Irish delegation as well as groups from Australia and New Zealand. The British-Irish commemoration will take place at the Irish Peace Park on the afternoon of 7 June.”  Another Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, is reporting Kate will accompany William on the trip. There is more background info here on the event.

Thank you, Veronique, for your comment letting us know about the engagement.

Now, updates to our coverage of last Saturday’s post about Pippa Middleton’s wedding, beginning with a note about what is a major feat for this day and age: an utter lack of photos from the second reception, held at the Middleton’s Bucklebury home. I am still hoping we’ll see an exclusive magazine (People? Hello!?) cover story, but at this point, we have nary a clue about Kate or Meghan Markle’s party frocks. There has been speculation that Pippa’s second wedding gown was by Pronovias, but we’ve not heard any verification that was the case.

However, we now have the time to consider more closely some items worn by family, members of the wedding party and guests. Our first look is at the bodice of Kate’s dress, as it generated significant discussion last weekend. Several comments here and on social media referenced its similarity to the ensemble worn by Wallis Warfield Simpson when she married the Duke of Windsor in 1937. The tight waist and shirring are evocative of the Mainbocher jacket worn by Duchess of Windsor (as she was titled after her marriage). There the similarities end: the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress has a deep vee neck and no collar, while Mrs. Simpson’s jacket has a high neckline, creating a continuous line of color from her waist to the collar.  

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May 222017
 

The Duchess was in a new dress by a new designer for today’s visit to the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

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The Royal Family Twitter @RoyalFamily

Kate was wearing a silk frock by French fashion house Rochas.

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Kensington Palace

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May 202017
 

The sun was shining this morning as Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were married at Mark’s Church.

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© i-Images / Polaris

Guests included Sophie Carter, a close friend of Kate’s and one of Charlotte’s godparents; Lady Laura Marsham; and James Meade, Lady Laura’s Marsham’s husband. Mr. Meade was Prince William’s best man, and he is also a godparent to Charlotte. 

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©James Whatling

Claudia and Tom Bradby. The Duchess worked at Jigsaw at the same time as Ms. Bradby, who now has her own jewelry company. Mr. Bradby conducted the television interview with Kate and William after they announced their engagement.

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©James Whatling

Donna Air, James Middleton’s longtime friend, wearing Emilia Wickstead and a Jane Taylor hat. There has been discussion about the dress color, as it looks white in the photos. I believe it is a soft lemon yellow.

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©James Whatling

Here is a snippet of the fabric.

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©James Whatling

Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka.

Princess Eugenie with her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.

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The bride’s brother, James, escorting Carole Middleton into St. Mark’s. Mrs. Middleton was in a bespoke Catherine Walker design.

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© i-Images / Polaris

Prince Harry, Prince William and Spencer Matthews, the groom’s brother.

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©i-Images / Polaris

Pippa’s new in-laws, David and Jane Matthews.

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©Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

The Duchess corralling the page boys and flower girls when they arrived.

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©Greg Sirc / Splash News

The bride arriving in a bespoke Giles Deacon gown.

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©Splash News

With her father, Michael Middleton.

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© Splash News

The dress featured a high neck, cap sleeves, heart cutout on the back. From The Guardian’s story:

The high neckline and covered shoulders of Pippa Middleton’s Giles Deacon dress make it unassailably demure, yet it has a little more drama and attitude than found at the average home counties church wedding. The upstanding lace collar is rather fashion-forward, and the heart-shaped keyhole detail at the nape of the neck makes the dress interesting when seen from behind

A look at that heart-shaped cutout.

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©i-Images / Polaris

“Remember, shhh.”

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Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Kate and Charlotte on the left, and a very excited flower girl on the right.

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©Jason Dawson/Nunn Syndication/ Polaris

In a Business of Fashion interview, the designer noted the dress is “all hand-pieced which is why you don’t actually see a seam.”

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©Jason Dawson / Nunn Syndication / Polaris

The Duchess arranging her sister’s dress.

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©i-Images/Polaris

The dress bodice has an internal corset; more details from The Telegraph:

“The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams’.”

“The lace bodice is embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which has layer upon layer to enable a floor sweeping movement.”

The lace was exquisite.

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© i-Images / Polaris

Bethan Holt’s story for The Telegraph offers this perspective:

Giles Deacon is an inspired, but perhaps unexpected choice from Pippa. When her engagement was announced last summer, it was widely thought that she would opt  for a gown by a traditional bridal designer from a Belgravia-based couturier au fait with designing for an English society wedding.

Pippa’s veil was by renowned milliner Stephen Jones, made from fine tulle with a dégradé of embroidered pearls.

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©Splash News

Her Maidenhair Fern tiara and matching headpiece are by Robinson Pelham.

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The bride’s something old: the earrings she wore to her sister’s wedding in 2011, custom made by Robinson Pelham.

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©Polaris/Robinson Pelham

Pippa wore a custom pair of Manolo Blahnik heels, the brand’s Seneca Bridal Pump in ivory ($925).  The silk satin pump has a pointed toe, ankle strap, and Swarovski crystal buckle embellishment.

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The bride’s bouquet included astilbe, sweet pea, peony, freesia and waxflower.

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This ITN video (about 1:40) shows Pippa arriving at St. Mark’s.

The service lasted about an hour.

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©Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The newlyweds looked very happy.

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©i-Images/Pool

Just a bit more about Giles Deacon:

Deacon’s girlfriend, the Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie summed up the appeal of Deacon’s designs in an interview last year: “He has two of my favourite attributes in artists: wild imagination and technical rigour. [His designs] can be practical, otherworldly, sculptural and mind-bending, but you always feel celebrated as a woman when you wear them… Their confidence somehow increases yours. It’s quite a power for a designer to have. His clothes have personalities.”

©Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

As one would imagine, the young page boys and flower girls were quite a hit.

Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

George and Charlotte looked just precious.

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Mother and daughter.

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Visit our sister site, What Kate’s Kids Wore for loads more photos and all the details on the children’s outfits.

Now to what the Duchess wore: a bespoke design by Alexander McQueen.

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©i-Images / Pool

From Ella Alexander’s Harper’s Bazaar UK story:

The Duchess visited McQueen’s HQ in recent weeks to meet with Sarah Burton to discuss the design.

Presumably the Duchess didn’t want to overshadow her sister on her big day, thus the pared-down, yet elegant look.

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©Polaris/Splash/i-Images

The dress has elements from previous McQueen designs, including one Kate has worn. Below left, the Ivory Crepe Pencil Dress and second from the right, the green McQueen gown worn by the Duchess to the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Both have the fitted bodice with the deep vee-neck and billowing sleeves; Kate’s sleeves are cuffed with three self-covered buttons.

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Alexander McQueen/BBC/i-Images

Our thanks to Michelle Forest of Perth’s Fashion, once again offering ID information on Kate’s dress.

She wore her go-to Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the ‘praline’ colorway. The style is available in limited sizing ($675) at online retailer My Theresa.

Gianvito Rossi

Gianvito Rossi

Kate’s hat was by Jane Taylor.

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She also wore new morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.

Kiki McDonough / Polaris

Kiki McDonough / Polaris

The newlyweds after the first reception, held at nearby Englefield House.

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© Splash News

The second reception is at the Middleton home; we’ll have a separate post on that.

NOTE: I will be updating this throughout the evening, there are many more photos I need to add and some more info.

We’ll leave you with this video of the bridesmaids and page boys scattering flower petals after the ceremony.

 

LINKAGE:

  • The Daily Mail’s fashion story on what the guests wore is here; The Daily Mail’s news story is here; another Daily Mail photo-laden story is here; The Daily Mail story primarily focused on Kate’s dress is here;
  • The Telegraph’s story about Pippa’s dress is here; The Telegraph’s gallery of 50+ photos is here; for a chronological timeline, The Mirror’s live coverage is here
  • The Sun’s story with loads of photos of the flower girls and page boys is here; The Mirror’s photo gallery of the day’s events is here
  • The Standard’s story and gallery is here;
  • The Hello! piece on the wedding gown & gallery is here; People’s slide show on Pippa’s gown is here; The Guardian’s story about the dress is here