One Month Later: The Royal Wedding

If you have been keeping up with the news, you know it's been quite a whirlwind of a month for William and Kate, or rather The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  After their much anticipated nuptials on April 29, 2011, the glamorous couple went on a their honeymoon trip, and are now back home in England, knee-deep in their royal duties.

In honor of their one month anniversary I wanted to do a little recap of Kate's fantastic wedding style (now a fast-growing trend) and share an interview I had done to discuss the jewels of the royal wedding on CNN days before the event, so here goes.

Above is the beautiful Kate in her exquisite Alexander McQueen gown.  Some critics argue that she was not glamourous enough; I say she was perfect for a princess:  youthful, elegant and timeless.  The lace on the bodice was done by the Royal School of Needlework using the Carrickmacross lace-macing technique, serving as her "something old."

As for the back of her dress, the train was all hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace over ivory silk.  The design was from McQueen's new creative director Sarah Burton, who was quoted saying that the wedding dress was the finest in English craftsmanship.  The gown was finished by a discrete blue ribbon in the back making it the traditional "something blue."

And now for my favorite: the jewels.  For her "something new", the Duchess wore diamond drop earrings by jeweler Robinson Pelham, a gift from her parents.  Look at the close up, they are to die for!  The earrings were custom designed to complement her beautiful vintage "halo" Cartier tiara.  The oak leaf motif is a reference to the new Middleton family coat of arms. Interestingly enough, the tiara was her "something borrowed," belonging originally to Queen Elizabeth II, and having been gifted to her on her 18th birthday by Prince William's great grandfather.

The simple gold wedding band (Prince  William decided to go against tradition and not have one himself) was made of a special Welsh gold ingot given to the Prince by HRH Elizabeth II.  The engagement ring, already copied around the world thirty years ago, is the same ring that Diana wore when she was engaged to Prince Charles.  It's made of an oval shaped sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, set in white gold, and although it was deemed controversial by some, its obvious the Prince wanted to make his late mother present on this very important day.  

If you want to know more about the jewels of the "wedding of the century" click on my super fun video on the link below.

Las joyas de la boda real

Till next time! Cheerio!

Dani K

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