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- Relive the Royal Wedding a year on
- Kate Middleton and Prince William's nuptials
- Fashion, flowers and the after-party
The Royal Wedding
27 April 2012
From the pages of CWS 32
Image: Austral-International Press Agency
In celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first wedding anniversary, CW recaps what made the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding so special.
SHH! IT’S A SECRET!
The veil of secrecy was finally lifted as Kate entered Westminster Abbey in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton. In the day and age of Twitter, Facebook and text messaging, it’s surprising the designer and the actual design were kept a secret.
The princess bride wore a Cartier “halo” tiara, which was given to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday.
Kate’s earrings were a wedding gift from her parents; they were a teardrop shape but here’s where it gets weird. A small silver acorn hangs in the middle of the teardrop diamonds, apparently to represent the Middleton family’s coat of arms.
Sweet William blooms were used in her bouquet. How very fitting!
TEA AND BISCUITS
The new Duchess of Cambridge chose a delicious traditional fruit cake that was decorated with white and cream icing and ornate, white rose of England sugar flowers. However, Prince William opted for a lower-key chocolate cake that consisted of his favourite biscuits as a child. The recipe came from the kitchens of Buckingham Palace and is said to be the second in line’s favourite cake!
THE ROYALS KNOW HOW TO PARTY
While the Queen held a luncheon for the newlyweds, the party sure didn’t stop there. Prince Charles hosted the reception and cheeky Prince Harry of course organised an all-night party for the couple’s younger guests that ended at roughly 4am.
WHAT DID WILLIAM WEAR?
Forget designers, Prince William stuck true to his military background and wore his red Irish Guards tunic with the Royal Air Force wings as a salute to his brothers in the sky.
For those brides writing their own vows, perhaps you might opt for what the new Duchess of Cambridge did. She deviated from the traditional promise to “obey” her new husband, promising instead to “love, comfort, honour and keep” Prince William. Rather sweet considering he is her future king.