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Sarah Burton Designs Royal Wedding Dress For Kate Middleton

29 Apr Sarah-Burton-Kate-Middletons-Dress-Designer-293828


The woman behind the royal wedding dress that the whole world is talking about has finally been revealed.

Sarah Burton, the creative director for the legendary, recently deceased Alexander McQueen, has the fashion world buzzing with the dazzling, fitted, long-sleeved lace gown she designed for Kate Middleton.

Burton, 36, has an impressive – and diverse – roster of former clients, including Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Bjork.

But before she rose to fame, Burton was born and raised in Manchester with four siblings and attended Manchester Polytechnic, where she earned an art foundation diploma, according to the Telegraph.

She then headed to London, studying print fashion at Central St. Martins – where McQueen went as well. She worked as an intern for McQueen during her third year there and graduated in 1997.

Burton stayed with the company and quickly become McQueen’s protégé, working alongside him until his tragic suicide in 2010. She was appointed creative director shortly after.

In September, she presented her first womenswear collection in Paris, which critics said was not as dramatic as McQueen’s work but still bold enough to make a statement.

Middleton reportedly became aware of the designer years ago when she saw a wedding dress Burton designed for Sara Buys, a fashion journalist who married Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The British tabloids have been speculating for months that Burton had been chosen to design the dress for the now-Duchess of Cambridge.

Some of Burton’s previous creations. (Christophe Ena, Joel Ryan/AP; Francois Guillot/Getty)

Burton quickly dismissed the rumors, telling Vogue UK in March that “I am not doing it.”

But the denial seems to have been part of a detailed strategy to maintain secrecy.

Burton’s latest creation elicited oohs and aahs from wowed fans.

“Oh it’s gorgeous!” exclaimed Yvonne Ryland, of Yorkshire, England, who now lives in Spain. “It is absolutely beautiful. It is so slimming and fits her perfectly. “

Pippa Middleton also looks stunning in a Sarah Burton design.
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David And Victoria Beckham Arrive In style At Westminster Abbey

29 Apr David-Victoria-Beckham-Arrive-Royal-Wedding-503506

David and Victoria Beckham arriving for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton held at Westminster Abbey. Kate & Wills announced their engagement in November last year after William proposed during a holiday in Kenya. The Royal couple will be known after the wedding as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


The singer turned fashion guru will be wearing an outfit from her latest AW11 collection, which she unveiled at New York Fashion Week in February.

She has been associated with numerous designers over the years, famously taking to the catwalk for Maria Grachvogel at London Fashion Week, and has been a champion of Roberto Cavalli.

For her own wedding to soccer superstar David Beckham she wore an ivory dress by Vera Wang.

But the pregnant former Spice Girl has settled on one of her own designs, which have brought her great acclaim in recent years.

It will be accessorised with a hat by celebrated milliner Philip Treacy, and she has collaborated with Christian Louboutin to customise a pair of the French designer’s shoes.

David Beckham, who is also much-admired for his style, will be wearing Ralph Lauren.

Like other guests, the Beckhams will be contributing to the couple’s wedding charity rather than offering a gift.

Shortly before the wedding, Buckingham Palace announced that William and Catherine would become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon their marriage.

The Queen has conferred the dukedom on William, the highest rank in British peerage, as well as the titles of the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

Catherine will also technically become Princess William of Wales. According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess in her own right.

It’s also been revealed that the Australian State Coach will now be used in the wedding procession taking the royal party back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding.

The newlyweds will brave the elements and travel from the abbey to Buckingham Palace in the open-topped 1902 State Landau used by William’s parents Charles and Diana after their wedding.

But Charles, his wife Camilla, and Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton will now travel in the enclosed coach Australia gave the Queen to celebrate the bicentenary in 1988.

All titles are in the gift of the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his new wife.

But William’s thoughts will also have been taken into account by the royal matriarch in a private discussion between the prince and his grandmother.

Tradition dictates that royal men receive a title on their wedding – and often more than one.

A dukedom is the highest rank in British peerage.

As well as a duchess, Catherine will also technically become Princess William of Wales.

According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess in her own right.

Instead she adopts her husband’s first name, in the same way as Princess Michael of Kent, who married the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

But it is likely that in the eyes of the media and public, she could always be known as Princess Catherine or Princess Kate.

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Summary:  After Catherine Middleton of course, Team Beckham’s outfits were arguably the second most highly anticipated of the day – and they didn’t fail to impress.

In keeping with the conservative wedding dress code, wearing a modified slash neck dress (to allow for her bump) from her own collection, Victoria’s navy blue ensemble, offset with a colour coordinating Philip Treacy hat and customised super high Christian Louboutin shoes, is both classy and understated. It proves her style credentials within the fashion world.

Royal Wedding: Video and Photos Of The Royal Married Couple

29 Apr Royal-Wedding-Party-800495

Let’s face it. Pomp has a way of pulling you in.

Which is probably why it was invented, and why it persists.

Were it not for our innate attraction to ritual and spectacle, combined with our fondness for celebrity and ceremony, networks in this era of austerity would never have engorged themselves on the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William — a member of the royal family we removed from power over us back in 1776, and the second in line to become a British tourist attraction.

It’s hard to imagine an event with less relevance to an economically troubled America, but perhaps that’s the point. We’re a nation eager for distraction, and few things are more distracting than the kind of symbol-soaked, hat-happy, linked-to-the-past parties our relatively new nation struggles to provide.

It’s not for everyone. If you’re immune to the draw of glamour and parades, pomp and circumstance, you didn’t tune in. But odds are if you did, you enjoyed it. Weddings tend to self-select their audience.

Not that newscasters weren’t in there pitching to endow the event with greater import — and explain their presence in London rather than in, say, a storm-struck south. “Sometimes in the storms, the true storms around the world,” said ABC’s Diane Sawyer, “a splash of color can give us a sense of hope.” Which is the kind of thing that’s far easier to say when you haven’t actually lost your home to an Alabama tornado or a Japanese tsunami.

Still, to be fair, these kinds of news conflicts are inevitable, and this particular party aired at a time of day that effectively filtered out the disinterested or disaffected. Unless you’re a night owl or a very early riser, you don’t exactly stumble upon a broadcast that got underway around 4 a.m. in the East. The networks were safe in assuming that people who were watching went out of their way to watch.

But surely even the most devoted monarchist cringed at some of the gushing going on before the wedding imposed its own blessed silence on the yapping analysts.

On the sparsely populated plus side of the ledger, place ABC’s Tina Brown, who was frequently amusing. On the more crowded downside, place CNN’s puffed-up Piers Morgan, who insisted the royal couple were “the biggest stars on the planet,” which may have come as a surprise not just to folks in Hollywood, but to William’s grandmother, who remains a pretty big name herself.

There were, as you’d expect, constant references to William’s mother, Diana, with frequent comparisons to her wedding to Prince Charles and sad reminders of how badly that marriage turned out. And yet the most obvious lesson there — that most storybook fantasies are, indeed, just that — didn’t stop ABC from labeling the wedding “a true modern fairy tale,” or NBC’s Matt Lauer (among others) from referring to “the fairy-tale nature of this wedding,” while struggling to explain why William’s fairy tale was going to have a happier ending than his mother’s.

Obviously, all people of goodwill hope that it does. But it does seem that newscasters might have wanted to gently remind viewers that when it comes to marriage, the royal family doesn’t have the best track record.

Yet, as often happens at such events, the ceremony itself eventually asserted itself, overwhelming the blabber about dresses and hats and tiaras and suppressing sensible doubts. At around the time Prince Charles entered Westminster Abbey and Queen Elizabeth left Buckingham Palace, the weight of British royalty — and the enduring strength of the cultural and historic bonds between our countries — took hold.

After all, if anyone could pull this off, it’s the British, who have had centuries to perfect events designed to strengthen the bonds between aristocrats and commoners while not-so-subtly emphasizing the distinctions. Money can buy most anything, but only royalty gets you a wedding in Westminster Abbey.

And what a wedding it was, drenched in tradition and mostly allowed to play out without anchor/analyst intrusion. There may have been times when your desire to have a name associated with some face the camera picked out in the crowd went unfulfilled. But you know TV talkers: Give them leeway to start, and they’ll never stop (as we found out when the bride and groom temporarily left the stage to sign the register).

It’s a truism, of course, that all brides are beautiful — but she really was, wasn’t she, with her beauty enhanced by the happiness that seemed to surround her and her groom. As the couple stood on the palace balcony, sealing their wedding with two chaste kisses (a countdown clock, NBC, really?), you couldn’t help hoping that maybe this time, Cinderella had found Prince Charming.

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Preview Photos: Kate Middleton’s Dress Designed By Alexander Mcqueen

29 Apr Royal-Wedding-Party-700450


Catherine Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.


Kate Middleton paid a poignant tribute to tragic fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen at her wedding to Prince William by walking down the aisle wearing a dress created by his successor.

Speculation about who would be designing Middleton’s wedding dress has been rife every since the royal couple announced their engagement last year (10).

Middleton put the rumours to rest on Friday (29Apr11) by appearing in a stunning white gown designed by Sarah Burton, who took over as creative director of the Alexander MCQueen label after the famed couturier’s suicide last February (10).

The choice came as a surprise because a representative for the design house previously denied any involvement in Britain’s royal wedding.

The brunette beauty’s gown featured long, lace sleeves and a bodice, with a full skirt of white satin and an extensive train. Aside from the French Chantilly lace, all of the fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from Britain.

Middleton wore a full veil, made of ivory silk tulle, held in place by the ‘halo’ tiara, which was made by famed jewellers Cartier in 1936. The glittering diamond piece was purchased by King George VI three weeks before he succeeded his brother Edward Viii.

The king bought the tiara for his wife Queen Elizabeth, the late The Queen Mother, who passed it on to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday.

Middleton also wore diamond earrings in the shape of oak leaves, inspired by the Middleton family’s new coat of arms – a wedding gift from her parents. She carried a bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth, with the flowers symbolising the return of happiness, gallantry and constancy of love.

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Royal Couple: New Portrait Of Kate Middleton And Prince William

28 Apr Royal-Couple-Revealed-204586


Kate Middleton and her bridesmaids, together with best man Prince Harry, rehearsed once more Thursday at Westminster Abbey, practicing the timing of the upcoming royal wedding to the last detail. But the groom-to-be, William, was not in attendance, although he was photographed by British newspapers playing football in a London park with his friends on Wednesday night.

The rehearsal — the second in as many days — came as Middleton and Prince William released a message in their wedding program, saying they were deeply touched by the affection they have felt from many people since they became engaged.

“We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives,” they wrote. “The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply.”

The couple also released a new photograph taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino — a warm black and white image of a comforting snuggle ahead of the big day.

Friday’s wedding will offer pomp and circumstance on grand scale, with 1,900 invited guests, carriages and mounted troops of the Household Calvary. Rows of bold red, white and blue Union Jacks have been unfurled along the route. Street cleaners have scrubbed and swept the pavement along the route where hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on Friday.

Dozens of die-hard fans were camped out in tents and sleeping bags near the abbey on Thursday.

The wedding presents a security challenge for the 5,000 police officers on duty, who will be on the lookout for Irish dissident terrorists, Muslim extremists, anti-monarchists, protesters and hooligans who might blight the royal spectacle.

Scotland Yard Police Commander Christine Jones said Wednesday there has been no new terror threat but considerable Internet chatter.

“Our operation has been meticulously planned, and we have thought through and planned for a huge range of contingencies,” she said.

A wide range of police will be on patrol Friday: officers on motorcycles, escort specialists, dog handlers, search officers, mounted police, protection officers and firearms units.

Thousands of people are expected along the parade route Friday, a snaking path of less than a mile (two kilometers) from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, where the new royal couple will appear on the balcony for one of the most anticipated kisses in decades.

In October, the U.S. State Department advised Americans to be wary amid reports that terrorists were planning a Mumbai-style attack on a European city. More than 160 people were killed in that 2008 attack, when gunmen fired on crowds in a shooting spree.

A warning for American visitors to Britain is due to expire the day after the wedding and U.S. officials said there was no plan to renew it.

“That threat is still being investigated but there is no intelligence to suggest a highly organized threat to the royal wedding,” a western intelligence official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work.

But with the ceremony just a day away, attention turned to the service itself. The program showed that Middleton will not promise to “obey” her new husband in her vows but instead to “love, comfort, honor and keep” him.

Middleton will walk up the aisle at the Abbey to the sounds of “I was glad,” the anthem setting of Psalm 122 composed by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. The anthem was also sung at the wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

The hymns — “Guide me, O thou great redeemer,” “Love divine, all loves excelling” and “Jerusalem” — are standards at Church of England marriage ceremonies.

“Guide me, O thou great redeemer” was also the final hymn at Diana’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997.

The newlyweds will leave to the march “Crown Imperial” by William Walton, which also figured in Charles and Diana’s wedding.

A spokesman at St. James’ Palace said Middleton was familiar with classical music, but had “a lot of input” from Prince Charles.

“They spent a a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods,” said the royal functionary, speaking on condition of anonymity.

But as wedding excitement heated up, the weather in London started cooling down. The royals may want to pack extra umbrellas, as forecasters are predicting it might rain.

The Meteorological Office has reported that the day will start off relatively gray and dry with low clouds across London. During the course of the morning, sunny spells are expected to seep through and the chance of showers will rise to 30 percent around noon, the time when William and Kate are expected to emerge from the Abbey a married couple.

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How Will Kate Middleton Wear Her Hair For Royal Wedding?

27 Apr Kate-Middleton-Royal-Wedding-304890

Will she or won’t she … wear her hair up? That’s the question royal watchers are asking about Kate Middleton’s ’do for the big day she marries Prince William — April 29 — in Westminster Abbey. One thing’s for sure: The 29-year-old future queen of England has her own sense of style, and she won’t take orders from the royal advisers just because it’s “tradition.”

With her long, shiny chestnut locks that are often topped with a hat (so very British), Middleton might want to wear her hair loose when she walks down the aisle — that’s her signature look, after all. But given the fact that this is a royal wedding, with 1,900 gold-leafed invitations sent out and a fairy-tale glass coach to ride in after the vows are exchanged, some speculate that Kate’s hair should be as formal as it gets: worn up in a classic style, such as a French twist.

This sleek, sophisticated ’do would showcase the tiara the bride will undoubtedly wear, chosen from many in the queen’s “jewel pool” and usually presented by the queen as a wedding gift. However, “a French twist is so structured, it can look too severe and mature on a young woman,” says hairstylist (and fellow Brit) Christopher Dove of The Doves Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. “That said, I’m sure Kate would look amazing with her hair up in a French twist, but I’m voting for a much more youthful half-up, half-down style.”

Makeup Fit for a Princess

“All of the young brides I make up are asking for smoky eyes on their wedding day,” says Eugenia Weston, an Emmy-nominated makeup artist and owner of Senna makeup studios in Los Angeles. She imagines that Middleton, however, will skip the sultry makeup.

“I think she’ll go for a fresh, clean look — starting with her skin — to take advantage of the fact that it’s naturally luminous,” says Weston. “I’d define her eyes with delicate eyeliner, and add a few individual false lashes to fill in where needed for a feathery fringe. I’d also groom her brows so they are dramatic frames for those lovely eyes. And for her mouth, I’d suggest a rosy lipstick, or maybe even a matte shade that reads like a rosy stain.”

The bottom line
: Middleton is so pretty, there isn’t much to be done, and in the conservative splendor of Westminster Abbey, dramatic makeup would look inappropriate.

Your Own Wedding Countdown
Here’s how to achieve the healthiest and most beautiful hair possible on the big day.

4 weeks before the wedding: Schedule a practice session with the hairdresser. Bring in a photo of your dress and the actual headpiece (veil, jeweled clip, headband, tiara, silk flowers). Bring a camera to capture the range of hairstyles (updo, French twist, half-up half-down, long and flowing). At home, print out the winner so the hairdresser has a handy reference point for the big day.

3 weeks: Start weekly at-home deep conditioning treatments.

2 weeks: Have hair cut or trimmed. Book an intensive in-salon conditioning treatment.

1 week: So your hair color looks as fresh as possible, wait until now to have your color or highlights done. Have bangs or fringe trimmed. Continue with at-home conditioning.

Day of: At least three hours before the wedding, meet with the hairdresser. If you’ve chosen an upswept style that can be pinned up securely, you can have your hair done earlier. But if your hair will be worn down with soft curls that can go flat, the appointment needs to be closer to the wedding’s start time.

If you’re headed for a tropical honeymoon, don’t forget to pack that at-home conditioner to maintain your hair’s shine and to protect it from the sun and the sea.

Summary: A royal wedding is on the horizon and we all know what that means — lots of talk about fairy-tale dresses, designer shoes, and of course, how Kate Middleton should style her hair on the day she marries Prince William.

Celebrity hairstylist Gilda Pastena of the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City suggests royal-wedding worthy dos for this soon-to-be princess, including a polished chignon; tousled updo; a half up, half down hairstyle; and braided bun.

William And Kate Middleton Visit Diana’s Grave Before Royal Wedding

23 Apr Prince-William-And-Kate-Visit-Princess-Dianas-Grave-293849

It emerged today that William and Kate made the journey to Althorp, Diana’s ancestral home and final resting place, on April 20. Once on the 14,000-acre estate, they took a boat to The Oval, an island which functions as a permanent memorial to the late princess. The pair also visited an ancient arboretum where William and Prince Harry planted trees as children.

Princess Diana is buried on an island in her family’s Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire, and William is said to have walked hand in hand with his bride-to-be to pay tribute at her graveside ahead of their wedding on April 29.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple rowed out to the island on a small boat and laid flowers for Diana at her tomb.

A source told the newspaper, ‘Diana is still a huge part of her boys’ everyday life and always will be. It is very important for Kate to share and understand William’s love and grief for his mum.

‘It is tragic that she won’t be there to see the wedding, and that she never got to meet his bride.

‘But even though Kate never met Diana she knows what an incredible woman she was.’

Diana died following a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997.

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