The bride wore a beautiful dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. Reminiscent of vintage dresses, the lace was made by hand by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Rich with meaning, individual rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock flowers were cut from the lace and hand engineered on to ivory silk tulle. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used the ancient language of flowers as part of the greater theme for their wedding, and the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock all have special meaning. The rose denotes happiness and love, the thistle is the National symbol of Scotland, the daffodil is the national symbol of Wales, and also denotes new beginnings, and the Shamrock is the national symbol of Ireland.
The halo tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was worn by The Queen Mother at her wedding. Given by her to the Queen on her 18th birthday, our Queen must hold Catherine Middleton in very high esteem indeed to lend her so personal and sentimental a piece of jewellery.
The bridal bouquet also featured flowers that all have special meaning, including myrtle from a plant planted by Queen Victoria at Osborne House in 1845 and also from a plant grown from the myrtle used in our Queen Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet. Myrtle is also the emblem of marriage and love. Other flowers included Lily-of-the-valley which signifies the return of happiness, Sweet William for gallantry, Hyacinth for constancy of love and Ivy for fidelity, marriage, wedded love; friendship and affection. You can read more about the wedding dress and the bridal bouquet here.
I thought Philippa Middleton’s dress was utterly gorgeous as well, and she looked every bit as beautiful as her sister, each in their own way. The little bridesmaids and pages were so sweet!
The flowers on the official wedding cake all have meanings as well, as did the flowers and trees used to decorate the beautiful Westminster Abbey.
The Official Royal Wedding Website is still the best source of information, and details are being regularly updated. At time of writing, the details of The Lunchtime Reception are the most recent addition.
It is clearly a wonderful day for the Royal Couple, their happiness just shines through. For me one of the best moments was when The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on the balcony of the first time and you could very clearly see her mouth move in the words ‘oh wow’. To look out on that sea of well wishes, all there just for her and her husband, must have been incredible. And of course, the kisses were just lovely. It is, after all, what we have all been waiting for.
It is a wonderful day for England as well. There has been a huge surge in patriotism – it was impossible not to be moved by the joy on the faces of the crowd, or the sheer number of people absolutely filling The Mall. And when the Spitfire, Hurricane, Typhoon and Eurojets flew over in the fly past I thought my heart might burst with national pride.
I think in many ways it is a wonderful day for everyone, as it reminds us all that, despite the cynicism that exists in the world today, true love can conquer all, and that dreams really can come true.
They truly can, and this lovely young couple are absolute proof of it.