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Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge shared her first public kiss with Prince William on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after they tied the knot today. They lent towards each other and kissed twice as thousands watched on from The Mall. An estimated one million people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of them.







Meet my Princess! William and his new bride Kate head for the Palace in open top carriage after a fairytale wedding at the Abbey

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After months of waiting, William and Kate finally tied the knot at Westminster Abbey today. She arrived clutching the hand of her father Michael as her sister and maid of honour Pippa held the long rain on her flowing dress. As the happy couple exchanged vows, William appeared to have trouble slipping the ring onto Kate's finger. An estimated one million people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of them.


'You look beautiful': What William whispered to radiant bride Kate as she arrived at the Abbey's altar... and they finally say 'I WILL'




'You look beautiful': Prince William speaks to his bride Kate as she holds her father's hand at the altar

Newly-wed: Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge leave Westminster Abbey with her sister Pippa supporting her dress




Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury during the ceremony


Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton to join Prince William and his best man Harry at the altar

Thousands of people wave Union Jacks as the couple are taken to Westminster Abbey in their open-topped carriage. An estimated one million people lined the streets

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, emerge from the church after the wedding ceremony with Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton in the background

A vast crowd of people swarm down the mall to the gates of the Palace as they wait for Prince William and Catherine to walk out


An estimated 10,000 people were packed into Trafalgar Square to watch the ceremony on a giant screen
Wearing a flowing wedding dress with a long train and lace sleeves, Kate clutched a bunch of white flowers as she embarked on the short drive to Westminster Abbey, before starting her three-minute walk up the aisle to be with her groom.
As the happy couple exchanged vows, William appeared to have trouble slipping the ring onto Kate's finger.
But to the relief of all, he finally slipped the wedding band on and the ceremony passed without a hitch.
A staggering one million people had packed the streets of London to witness one of the most anticipated weddings the world has ever seen.
Well-wishers waved flags and many shed tears as William and his beautiful bride exchanged their vows.
As Kate joined the Prince at the altar, he told she looked 'beautiful'. Wearing the famous red tunic of the Irish Guards, William stared straight ahead as she started her long walk down the red carpeted aisle of Westminster Abbey.
Double kiss... Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, share their first public kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace





Prince William and Kate Middleton sit down during the service after he put the wedding band on her finger



William appeared to have a moment of difficulty in slipping the ring onto Kate's finger... But the ceremony went without a hitch
Turning to watch the bride approach, William's brother and best man Prince Harry reassured him that all was going smoothly on the big day, telling him 'Right, she is here now'.

As the royal couple stood together for the first time, William told Kate: 'You look beautiful.'

After initially appearing nervous, he smiled broadly and cracked a joke to his father-in-law Michael before the ceremony started, saying 'We're supposed to have just a small family affair', a lipreader claimed.
The couple and their immediate family enjoyed their only private moment of the service when they retired to the abbey's holiest area to sign the registers.

In his address, the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, read a prayer penned by William and Kate.

The newlyweds asked for spiritual help to maintain focus on the things that mattered, and to be 'generous' with their 'time and love and energy'.

William and his wife Kate wave to onlookers as they leave Westminster Abbey after the wedding







Kate Middleton and her father, Michael, travel in a Rolls Royce to Westminster Abbey

Kate Middleton waves as she arrives with her father Michael Middleton and her sister Philippa Middleton to the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding



Brilliant in white: Kate Middleton is taken up the aisle by her proud father Michael
They also called on God to help them 'serve and comfort those who suffer' - a declaration of intent for their new life together.

The bishop, who has close links to the groom and his family, told the congregation: 'I pray that everyone present and the many millions watching this ceremony and sharing in your joy today will do everything in their power to support and uphold you in your new life.'
At the end of the service the congregation sang the National Anthem, with Kate's father in particular belting out the words with great vigour.

The Queen, who was the only person in the abbey not singing, kept her emotions to herself.

The newly-married couple then went off with their witnesses to sign the historic marriage registers away from public view in the tiny enclosed Chapel of St Edward the Confessor behind the altar.




He's here: Prince William, left, arrives at Westminster Abbey next to his proud younger brother and best man Harry with two billion people watching


First glimpse: Prince William gets out of his Bentley and walks into the Abbey - and waits for Kate

Proud father: Prince Charles arrives with William's stepmother Camilla


Mother of the bride: Carole Middleton, mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, waves as she travels with Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla to Buckingham Palace after the wedding


London was a blanket of red, white and blue as a million well-wishers came together to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton's fairy-tale wedding.

Waving Union Jacks, the crowds roared with excitement as the newlyweds said their vows at Westminster Abbey before travelling in an open-top carriage to Buckingham Palace.

Hundreds of thousands then waited at the palace gates to see the couple's first public kiss. Thousands more were watching on giant screens across London in Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and many more gardens and squares.




Fill The Mall in: Crowds wait in anticipation of the couple's first kiss on Buckingham Palace balcony



A sea of people pour into The Mall towards Buckingham Palace where they saw the newlyweds kiss publicly for the first time on the balcony there

Wedding crowd: Hyde Park is eclipsed by the throngs who came together to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton




Let's party! Trafalgar Square wave and cheer in unison for the Royal couple










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Showbiz royalty: David Beckham, wearing his OBE on his lapel, centre, and his wife Victoria arrive at the west door of Westminster Abbey as guests arrive for the 11am ceremony

The Royal procession make their way down The Mall to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony





THE COMMONER BECOMES A DUCHESS ON HER WEDDING DAY


The Queen has made William the Duke of Cambridge to mark his wedding day and Kate Middleton a Duchess, Buckingham Palace announced.

William also became the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, which means Kate will become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

As well as a duchess, Miss Middleton is also technically 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.

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.


The festivities started at around 8.15am when the first guests - including royal figures, leading politicians and top names from the showbiz world - made their way to the Abbey for the wedding of the century.
At 10.10am Prince William and his brother Harry left Clarence House, both in full military uniform for the short drive. He was later followed by his bride who had successfully managed to keep her wedding dress a secret from the world.

Kate Middleton today left behind her commoner roots to become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge after marrying Prince William.
The royal couple officially became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after tying the knot. Prince William has also become the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
David and Victoria Beckham, Guy Ritchie and Chelsy Davy were among the 1,900 guests in Westminster Abbey this morning.
There were squeals of joy from the crowd when Beckham waved to the crowd as he arrived. He was wearing a Ralph Lauren morning suit with the OBE he received in 2003 pinned to the right lapel, with his hair slicked back.

His wife, who is pregnant with their fourth child, wore a dark blue dress she designed herself accessorised with a hat by celebrated milliner Philip Treacy.
William's close Eton friend Harry Meade was seen queuing to get into the abbey, as guests waited to take their seats.
Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster, adorned with trees, as the congregation sing


Prince Charles and Camilla followed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walk down the red carpet at Westminster Abbey
Cameras click as Kate Middleton arrives and walks into Westminster Abbey





Kate walks up the aisle, holding her father's hand, with Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton supporting her dress, left. Right, a smiling Kate waves to the crowds outside the Abbey






Royal arrivals: Princess Eugenie, blue dress, and Princess Beatrice arrive at Westminster Abbey (right) while Prince Charles and Camilla smile as they walk in for William's wedding



Celebration: Royals fans in Hyde Park watched the wedding on a big screen

On The Mall crowds waved flags and cheered when the Band of the Coldstream Guards marched down toward the Duke of York Steps.

Playing hits such as Barry Manilow's Copacabana, the 44-member band got spectators moving their feet.

The band was directed by Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones alongside Drum Major Scott Fitzgerald. The historic band has been in existence for more than 200 years.





Wedding guests: Chelsy Davy, wearing a green outfit, leaves her home to head to the Royal Wedding, left, and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson walks into Westminster Abbey, right



Pippa Middleton arrives with the bridesmaids and pageboys ahead of the wedding


They came in their thousands: Royal fans lining the route cheer as guests arrive before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton



Bridesmaids and page boys: Tom Pettifer laughs as he arrives with Master William Lowther-Pinkerton, Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones


The Queen and Prince Philip take their seats


The day is here: A military band perform as they march on the Mall this morning hours before William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey

Pippa Middleton walks into Westminster Abbey with three bridesmaids and two page boys


The nation's grandmother: The Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding


Waiting time: Prince William and his brother Harry walk into the Abbey to wait for the commoner bride Kate Middleton to arrive


Proudest moment: Kate's mother Carole Middleton walks into Westminster Abbey after a last minute change of outfit

Samantha Cameron, centre, wearing a figure-hugging green outfit stands next to her husband Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, right

Wedding greetings: Prince William and his best man brother arrive at the Abbey





After weeks of rehearsals, the ceremonial guards perform prior to the Royal Wedding today

Earl Spencer talks to guests inside Westminster Abbey where guests were mingling ahead of the 11am ceremony



Guests arrive: There was almost a party atmosphere inside Westminster Abbey as guests mingled before Kate arrives later

The couple passed the cheering crowds in The Mall after their wedding ceremony in a 1902 State Landau that was used by Charles and Diana 30 years ago.
Bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, seven, and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight, arrived five minutes later, accompanied by pageboy Tom Pettifer, eight, were among the first to arrive at the Abbey.

Last night, wearing a polka-dot dress, the bride-to-be, accompanied by her sister Pippa and mother Carole, waved to the huge crowd which has gathered outside the hotel in Belgravia last night as she enjoyed her last night as a single lady.

5,000 people camped out along the Mall hoping to get a good sight of the couple when they pass in the open topped vehicle later this morning.

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With showers forecast for the wedding day there had been fears an enclosed carriage would be used. But the decision meant tens of thousands of spectators were able to get a good view of the couple.

If it had been raining the couple would have travelled along the one-and-a-half mile route to the palace in a Glass Coach.
Prince Harry, William's best man, and Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister and maid of honour, followed to the Palace in two separate Ascot Landau carriages with the young bridesmaids and page boys.




Princes William and Harry arrive in Westminster Abbey for the wedding








Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, wearing a dazzling polka-dot dress, arrive at Westminster Abbey, right. Inside, left, some guests mingle



Early start: Spectators line the route the royal carriage will take from Westminster Abbey to the Palace later. There will be 1,900 guests at the ceremony

Here come the guests: The first of the 1,900 people with invitations to the service arrive. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will not be there




The second procession was the Sovereign's Escort mounted by four squadrons from the Household Cavalry.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled in a semi-state Landau as will Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be joined by Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

The horses leading the coaches were Cleveland Bays, the only British breed of carriage horse, but for the Queen and the newlyweds Windsor greys were used - traditionally reserved for the monarch.
Last night a beaming Kate showed no sign of nerves ahead of her marriage today to Prince William.

Prince William, centre, and his brother, are greeted by Receiver General Stephen Lamport. They walk up the aisle together where they wait for Kate

And royal fans had an extra treat last night as her husband-to-be greeted well-wishers along The Mall.
Prince William, accompanied by his brother Harry, shook hands and chatted with the crowd near Clarence House.
Yesterday morning, Kate was greeted by cheers at the abbey as she was joined by best man Prince Harry - as well as the bridesmaids and pageboys and members of her family - for one last run-through of the big day which will be watched by 2 billion people round the globe.
Later on, the Duchess of Cornwall went out onto the Mall to meet well-wishers and those camping out ahead of today’s event during an impromptu walkabout.


Huge support: Royal supporters wait along the processional route hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple as they make their way to the Abbey




First people arrive: The 1,900 wedding guests are arriving at Westminster Abbey ahead of the service scheduled for 11am





A BRITISH FEEL TO THE CEREMONY


The bride will walk up the aisle to the dramatic sounds of a coronation anthem - the soaring choral masterpiece 'I was glad' by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122.
It was composed for the crowning of Prince William's great-great-great grandfather Edward VII at Westminster Abbey in 1902, but is also popular at weddings.
As the choir begins to sing, the bride will begin her three and a half minute procession through the Nave and Quire to meet her Prince on her father's arm.
The newlyweds will leave the Abbey to the sounds of the well-known rousing orchestral march Crown Imperial by William Walton, which was also played at Charles and Diana's wedding.
The three hymns - 'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer', 'Love divine, all loves excelling' and Jerusalem which begins 'And did those feet in ancient time' - are all favourites of the couple.


When asked how she was feeling ahead of the big day, the duchess said: 'We’re all ready for tomorrow - it’s wonderful and all very exciting!
'There’s a great atmosphere out here and it’s so nice to meet people and see how the celebrations are getting underway.'
The journalist who carried out the couple's engagement interview said they were attempting to 'block out the terror of having two billion people' watching them.
In a personal message to well-wishers, the couple said they were 'incredibly moved' by the affection shown to them since their engagement in the official wedding programme.
Normally it falls to the Archbishop of Canterbury to write the introductory message, but the couple broke with tradition.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: 'The couple felt that they wanted to put in a message from themselves.'
Following in the footsteps of Diana, Miss Middleton did not promise to 'obey' Prince William in her vows.
With William choosing not to wear a wedding ring, only the prince will said 'With this ring I thee wed' as he places the golden band on Kate's finger.

David and Victoria Beckham talk to Guy Ritchie inside Westminster Abbey as they wait for William and Kate to arrive


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There was one Lesson during the ceremony read by Miss Middleton's younger brother James.
William's father the Prince of Wales his stepmother Camilla, Kate's parents Carole and Michael and her sister Pippa all acted as witnesses and sign the marriage registers during the ceremony.
After a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will leave - and miss Harry's best man speech and the evening party.
She will head out of the capital with the Duke of Edinburgh for a private weekend, leaving the newlyweds to party the night away at a black tie evening reception with their friends.




Arrivals: His wife Sally towering above him in her high heels, House of Commons speaker John Bercow arrives at Westminster Abbey, right. left, Ben Fogle and Marina Fogle






Family arrive: Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith leaves his west London home in a £280,000 Rolls Royce Phantom convertible, left, and Miss Middleton's brother James leaves the Goring hotel, right




Security operation: A man is restrained by police officers outside Westminster Abbey this morning as a huge ring of steel is thrown up around the capital


Waiting is over: Union Flags in The Mall this morning ready for the newly-married William and Kate to marry later


Tent city: 5,000 people slept on The Mall to guarantee the best spots along the wedding route, including this man curled up in his sleeping bag


Buckingham Palace said the Queen would hear a number of speeches at the lunchtime canapes reception for 650 guests, including family, friends, foreign royals, dignitaries and charity workers.
She will see the bride and groom cutting their lavish multi-tiered wedding cake.

As final preparations get underway, rain had been threatening to put a dampener on the big day. However, it stayed dry throughout - despite being grey and overcast.




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Beatrice and Eugenie get into the Royal Wedding spirt with Union Jack flags as they leave the Queen's pre-wedding gala dinner




The world is waiting with bated breath to catch the first glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton today in what is undoubtedly the biggest wedding of the decade.
And it it's not only the public who are excited about the big day, as Princess Beatrice and sister Princess Eugenie showed last night.
Leaving London's Mandarin Oriental Hotel after the Queen's pre-wedding gala dinner, the sisters teamed their stunning long dresses with wide smiles and waved Union Jack flags for photographers.
Getting into the spirit: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie left London's Mandarin Oriental hotel after the Queen's pre-wedding dinner carrying Union Jack flags





Beatrice looked stunning as she arrived at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London
While Beatrice wore a white and silver sheath dress covered with sequins and tulle Rachel Gilbert fishtail dress, Eugenie stepped out in a stunning black asymmetric number.
The girls, the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, stole the show at the dinner that was held for royals from across Europe and the Middle East.



Full-length glamour: Eugenie opted for a black corseted gown which showed off her curves to perfection


Smiles all round: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, waves for photographers as he arrives with daughter Princess Eugenie

Their father, the Duke of York, attended along with his sister, Princess Anne, and brother, the Earl of Wes***, Prince Edward.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall missed the dinner but attended a drinks reception beforehand.





One's here now: The Queen was fashionably late in a long lilac dress with silver swirls


Instead they dined at Clarence House, their official London home, with Princes William and Harry.
Less than a minute's drive away, Kate Middleton was with her family at the exclusive Goring Hotel in Belgravia.

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Royal guests arrived through the five-star hotel's back entrance, overlooking Hyde Park and hundreds of eager waiting fans.
Sophie, Countess of Wes***, accompanied by her husband, the Earl of Wes***, stunned the crowd with a red floor-length dress.




Couples night out: Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wes***, and Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall (right)

Prince Charles went along to the hotel but left before dinner so that he could eat with Princes William and Harry
The Queen was fashionably late in a long lilac dress with silver swirls and was met by Lady Anson, the evening's host and the Queen's cousin and was greeted with a kiss on both cheeks outside the hotel.
Earlier, the Princess Royal arrived by minibus along with Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Freddie Windsor and Lady Gabriella came in a separate coach.
Family portrait: Spain's Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia arrive for the dinner






Departure: The Queen and Prince Philip leave the Mandarin after their evening out

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, who will be getting married next later this year, also made an appearance, with Zara looking stunning in a gorgeous asymmetric black dress.
Other royal guests included Prince Pavlos of Greece and Princess Marie-Chantal, Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, Queen Margarethe of Denmark, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and Princess Katherine, the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonia.






Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, left, and Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Prince Philip of Belgium










Regal waves: Britain's Princess Alexandra, left, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark






Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and the Duke of Vastergotland, left, and Luxemburg's Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Teresa


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Now here's the showbiz royalty... Victoria goes for minimalistic navy for Royal Wedding while David looks sharp in black suit

Everyone has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton for their big day.
But before the couple of the moment made an appearance, first it was time for the showbiz royalty - David and Victoria Beckham - to arrive.
Pregnant fashion guru Victoria wore a stunning midnight blue boat neck tunic dress from her latest AW11 collection, which she unveiled at New York Fashion Week in February.




Stylish: Victoria and David Beckham arrive for the Royal Wedding today. Victoria wore a dress of her own design while David looked sharp in a Ralph Lauren suit



Victoria had her hair tied back in a long ponytail and accessorised the outfit with a Phillip Treacy hat and a pair of specially customised Christian Louboutin heels.
Sky-high: Victoria wore a pair of specially customised Christian Louboutin heels

However, the outfit was a lot more minimal than some had expected Victoria to wear for the occasion.
And there was no hint the dress may have been a specially-designed maternity outfit, as Victoria's bump was barely visible under the dress.
Meanwhile, husband David cut a sharp figure in a smart dark Ralph Lauren grey suit with a light grey cravat, and opted to proudly wear his CBE on his right lapel for the occasion.
He teamed the suit with black crocodile accented braces and personalised DB cufflinks worked in sterling silver.
But the effect of the smart outfit was somewhat ruined by the fact Beckham's neck tattoo was clearly visible underneath the collar of his shirt.

What a trendy pair: David chats to guests as he and Victoria make their way inside


Famous friends: The Beckhams talk to Guy Ritchie and girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley inside the Abbey

Victoria 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.

Like other guests the Beckhams contributed to the couple's wedding charity rather than offering a gift.
Beckham spoke recently about the build-up to the wedding, admitting the couple were feeling a little nervous about being part of such a massive event.
He said: 'We are very proud of our Royal family and to be invited to it, we are both excited. Victoria is a little bit worried because she will be a few more months pregnant by then.'

Suited and booted: Sir Elton John arrived with partner David Furnish, both looking smart in suits





Support: Sir Elton waves at the crowds eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the celebrity guests outside the Abbey

Sir Elton John, one of the most esteemed celebrity guests at the ceremony, arrived with civil partner David Furnish at just before 10am.
While Sir Elton wore a black tail coat and grey trousers with a purple tie, Furnish went for a black suit and grey waistcoat.
But despite a lot of the celebrities going for darker colours for the ceremony, there were some who stood out from the crowd in bright outfits.



Brights: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson went for an all-blue outfit, while Joss Stone opted for a tight red dress and shoes

Waving away: Ben Fogle looked smart in a navy suit and blue tie, while his wife Marina was blooming in a green dress



Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who yesterday stepped out in a white dress, went for an all-blue outfit - a royal blue dress, shawl, gloves, hat and shoes.
And Joss Stone, usually famous for her bare-footed hippy style, looked smart in a tight red dress, with matching shoes, bag and a cream-coloured hat.
Film director Guy Ritchie, who is actually related to Kate Middleton, arrived with his pregnant girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley, and enjoyed a chat with the Beckhams as they waited to be seated inside the Abbey.
TV presenter Ben Fogle also went for a bright addition to his outfit with a bright blue tie to complement his navy suit, while his pregnant wife Marina opted for a bright green dress with beige coat and matching hat.
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Kate’s dress designer may still be a mystery. But one thing’s for certain — whoever she’s chosen will be deluged with attention. However if history is anything to go by, that doesn’t always translate into long-term success and riches...
THE NEW ROMANTICS
Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles
July 29, 1981, St Paul’s Cathedral
Designers: David and Elizabeth Emanuel
The Emanuels are the most high-profile example of the extraordinarily bad omens that can emanate from a virginal-looking meringue.
One minute they were a quirky, studenty couple of unknowns and the next they had been commissioned to design Diana’s wedding dress. They’d only been out of college for a year before they received the telephone call that would change their lives.

A vision in taffeta: Emanuel's creation was a vast sea of creased silk taffeta with sleeves the size of small sheep, golden horseshoes sewn into hems and puffed-up frills

Their creation was a vast sea of creased silk taffeta with sleeves the size of small sheep, golden horseshoes sewn into hems and puffed up frills.
Once they had acquired the right to label themselves By Royal Appointment, everything changed for the designers. They were inundated with requests to design everything from bed linen to ready-to-wear.
But their fundamental problem was their lack of business acumen. Try as they might, they never seemed to manage to translate the newfound global interest into profit. And by 1990, the souffle had well and truly collapsed. Their joint business ran into trouble (in spite of charging up to £40,000 for a dress) then their marriage followed suit.
Sadly, Elizabeth’s plans to turn herself into a Ralph Lauren-type fashion-to-lifestyle global brand failed to float and her career went from bad to worse, involving bankruptcy after falling out with her backers. Eventually, she gave in to the siren call of Bhs in 2008 and designed people’s princess dresses at £495 a pop.
David, meanwhile, discovered his inner minimalist. He ditched all the ruffles when he started designing celebrity wedding dresses for the likes of Jane Seymour (at her fourth wedding), and producing ranges for Bonmarche.
The Emanuels forced themselves to co-operate on a book a few years later, but two sets of gritted teeth were clearly visible through the veils. They’re both still staggering gently along.
Medieval: Princess Anne's tudor-style dress had a high collar and pointy wizard-like sleeves

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Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips
November 14, 1973, Westminster Abbey
Designer: Maureen Baker
A surprise appointment, Maureen Baker had already been chief designer for a ready-to-wear label called Susan Small for 30 years when she bagged the prize of designing a wedding dress for glamorous young Princess Anne, who then looked like a slightly equine British version of Catherine Deneuve. Maureen was unknown then, and unknown she was to remain.
Introduced to Princess Anne by Princess Alexandra, Maureen created a Tudor-style dress, with a high collar and pointy wizardy medieval sleeves. Maureen made no attempt to seize either the day or the limelight after her royal appointment, instead loyally trotting out around 250 outfits for Anne before she retired in the Nineties, ever the discreet royal dressmaker.
Frugal Anne and modest Maureen were a good match, largely because the latter had no delusions of turning herself into a brand.
In fact, it has to be a credit to Maureen that Anne wore one of her dresses 23 years after its first outing (many of her frocks outlasted Anne’s marriage to Mark Phillips) and Maureen happily ‘altered her maternity clothes so she could wear them again when she was slim’.

Anne favoured matching jackets over dresses because ‘she felt you got two looks for the price of one — jacket on or off’. A permanent size 10, Anne also ‘paid her bills promptly and never asked for a discount,’ said Maureen, who was described as a ‘good finisher’. What a practical pair.

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THE DEVIL FOR DETAIL
Sarah Ferguson to Prince Andrew
July 23, 1986, Westminster Abbey
Designer: Lindka Cierach

We haven’t heard much from designer Lindka Cierach in the intervening years between being photographed adjusting Fergie’s dress as she walked up the steps of Westminster Abbey and having a rather embarrassing s**** with Carole Middleton over what she’s wearing on Friday.
Fergie found Lindka, who was born in Lesotho to Polish parents, through her mother Susan. For Sarah, the svelte blonde designer came up with an ivory duchess satin number designed to ‘showcase her love for Andrew’.

Duchess satin: Sarah's had padded shoulders, a letter 'A' embroidered into the train, along with an anchor and a bumblebee, which was to Fergie's coat of arms what the acorn is to Kate's

It had padded shoulders (it was the Eighties — even brides couldn’t escape), a letter ‘A’ embroidered into the train, along with an anchor (for Andrew’s naval career) and a bumblebee, which was to Fergie’s coat of arms what the acorn is to Kate’s.
After the initial fuss, Lindka went on, quietly and meticulously, to make well fitting suits and dresses for smart women from Cherie Blair (Linda feistily banned Carole Caplin) to Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Herself a striking figure, she even inspired a Jilly Cooper character in Pandora, but she didn’t pop back onto the news radar again until it emerged that Carole Middleton had commissioned an outfit from her for her (daughter’s) big day. Both took umbrage — Carole, when Lindka wouldn’t send the unfinished outfit for a trying-on session with her Berkshire pals, and Lindka when she discovered she was part of a beauty parade rather than the winner.
Now Carole’s got the outfit, but she’s not wearing it on Friday. And poor old Fergie isn’t even invited.
THE CREAM OF CORNWALL
The Hon Serena Stanhope to Viscount Linley
October 8, 1993, St Margaret’s, Westminster
Designer: Bruce Robbins
Nicky Clarke did Serena’s bouffant blonde beehive, Philip Treacy made her going away hat, but the honour of making the dress fell to . . . Bruce Robbins.
Then 28, obsessed with Wallis Simpson and the son of a Cornish pig farmer (there’s the germ of a Billy Elliot-type movie in there somewhere), Bruce had a strong start when he left the Royal College of Art and his first collection was bought in its entirety by Liberty.


Wholesome: Bruce Robbins chose the groom's mother Princess Margaret's wedding dress as the inspiration for Serena's dress

He went on to work for Courtauld’s textiles, as a cutter for Bruce Oldfield and Edina Ronay.
When it came to his royal job, Bruce employed a tactful approach — choosing the groom’s mother Princess Margaret’s wedding dress as the inspiration for Serena’s wasp-waisted, big-skirted dress over his previous favourite royal fashion plate, the naughty Duchess of Windsor.
Luckily, Serena was far too wholesome-looking to resemble the royal nemesis anyway.
Robbins’s career didn’t seem to be electrified though and, unromantically, the Poltimore tiara Serena had borrowed from Margaret was eventually flogged at Christie’s for the princely sum of £1 million after her death. Bruce, meanwhile, went quiet, although he does pop up on occasion, designing for Jesire among others.

THE DRAMA QUEEN
Sophie Rhys-Jones to Prince Edward
June 19, 1999, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Designer: Samantha Shaw
The Director’s Oscar at this wedding belonged to Prince Edward rather more than it belonged to society favourite Samantha Shaw.
It was said that the Queen’s most thespy son had stage-managed the medieval pageant vibe of the event, for which he’d appropriately location-scouted St George’s Chapel at Windsor.


Drama queen: Sophie wore a pretty silk and organza coat dress by Shaw

The pageboys and bridesmaids were dressed as ‘miniature knights and dames’ in breeches and feathered caps, and Edward himself designed some Gothic black and white pearl jewellery for his new wife that was made up for him by Asprey & Garrard. Very Maid Marian.
Luckily, the theme didn’t stretch to Edward wearing the funny Dark Ages outfit he’d once sported on It’s A Royal Knockout.
Sophie, soon to become (fittingly enough) the Countess of Wes***, wore a pretty silk and organza coat dress made by Shaw (who has a theatrical streak herself having studied costume design), which gave a nod to the medieval theme without getting too Blackadder about it all.
Shortly before the wedding, Samantha got married herself (to Dave Keswick, a son of Prince Charles’s friends from the Hong Kong Jardine Matheson dynasty). She closed her studio for four years when she had children, but reopened in Paddington in 2007, making pretty dresses for society women again.
And that suits her fine — at no point has she shown any indication that she was itching to become the next Galliano.
Avant-garde: For Camilla, Anna made two dresses, instead of one

THE STYLE TRANSFORMERS
Camilla Parker Bowles to Prince Charles April 9, 2005, civil ceremony at Windsor Guidhall
Designers: Robinson Valentine
The situation at this elegant Kensington label was already a little awkward before duo Antonia Robinson and Anna Valentine were invited to make both of Camilla’s coat and dress ensembles for her marriage to the heir to the throne.

In the run-up to the wedding, the designers had been credited with softening Camilla’s image with some flattering outfits, but by the time of the commission, Antonia Robinson was said to be in Cornwall, ‘taking a break from the company to spend time with her young family’, leaving Anna Valentine wielding the pinking shears on her own.
Unfortunately, Antonia never returned from the West Country, choosing instead to go native and make rings, which meant that Anna had no choice but to carry on the label alone.
Both were self-taught, but knew what women like them wanted to wear. With a plush (and slightly intimidating) studio behind London’s Kensington High Street, they would scan English women with an honest eye, and find a cut to suit.
For Camilla, Anna made two dresses, instead of one: a white chiffon dress with beige coat, and a porcelain blue gown and coat.
Since she went on to design Camilla’s daughter Laura’s wedding dress the following year, Anna’s outfits must be considered a success — just not a game-changer in terms of raising the label’s profile.
That said, her studio, now in Marylebone, is still described as ‘one of London’s best kept secrets.’

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