The Duchess was in a new dress by a new designer for today’s visit to the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.
Kate was wearing a silk frock by French fashion house Rochas.
The sun was shining this morning as Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were married at Mark’s Church.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a snippet of the fabric.
Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka.
Princess Eugenie with her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.
The bride’s brother, James, escorting Carole Middleton into St. Mark’s. Mrs. Middleton was in a bespoke Catherine Walker design.
Prince Harry, Prince William and Spencer Matthews, the groom’s brother.
Pippa’s new in-laws, David and Jane Matthews.
The Duchess corralling the page boys and flower girls when they arrived.
The bride arriving in a bespoke Giles Deacon gown.
With her father, Michael Middleton.
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.
Kate and Charlotte on the left, and a very excited flower girl on the right.
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.”
The Duchess arranging her sister’s dress.
“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.
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.
Her Maidenhair Fern tiara and matching headpiece are by Robinson Pelham.
The bride’s something old: the earrings she wore to her sister’s wedding in 2011, custom made by 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.
The bride’s bouquet included astilbe, sweet pea, peony, freesia and waxflower.
This ITN video (about 1:40) shows Pippa arriving at St. Mark’s.
The service lasted about an hour.
The newlyweds looked very happy.
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.”
As one would imagine, the young page boys and flower girls were quite a hit.
George and Charlotte looked just precious.
Mother and daughter.
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.
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.
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.
Our thanks to Michelle Forest of Perth’s Fashion, once again offering ID information on Kate’s dress.
Kate’s hat was by Jane Taylor.
She also wore new morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.
The newlyweds after the first reception, held at nearby Englefield House.
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.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 20, 2017
We are back with a bit of background on this Saturday’s wedding (aww, c’mon, you know which wedding!) and a look at the ME + EM America’s Cup collection.
Of course, we’re talking about the wedding of Kate’s younger sister, Pippa, to financier James Matthews. The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English reports the event will have a Scottish theme. From her story:
..today the Mail can reveal one of the most fascinating aspects yet – the big day is going to have a Scottish theme.
James’s father, David, a former mechanic who made a fortune through the car trade, owns a castle and 10,000-acre estate 15 miles from Loch Ness in the Highlands. His acquisition of the property in 2008 also bought him the courtesy title of the Laird of Glen Affric, which will be inherited by his eldest son….that would make Pippa Lady Glen Affric one day.
And from The Sun‘s coverage, a report that the wedding will be:
….a tartan-tinged affair celebrating the groom’s Scottish heritage.
Expect haggis canapes, bagpipes and whisky galore.
One of the many photo illustrations created for stories about the wedding, this is via The Sun. (Ahem.)