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Who wore what at Westminster

The good, the bad and the beautiful – did any of the guests upstage the bride at the nuptials of William and Kate?
Apr 29th 2011, 3:38 PM 4,811 10

GO ON, ADMIT it. You watched it, didn’t you? You snuck a glance at the royal wedding this morning, and it was probably just for one reason: the fashion.

Even the most disinterested members of office found themselves watching the live streaming of the wedding today to catch a glimpse of what the bold, the beautiful and the royal were wearing for the nuptials of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton.

While for some it was a bit of a muted affair – step forward Sally Bercow, wife of John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons – others went a bit metallic (that would be Zara Phillips) and Queen Elizabeth II stood out in a canary-yellow dress.

The fashion-forward brigade included Samantha Cameron, wife of Prime Minister David Cameron, and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, who is married to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, two women who took a more laidback but stylish approach to wedding attire.

Victoria Beckham turned up in a deep  navy gown that was for all the world like a slightly more sculpted kaftan, and chose a Philip Treacy hat, and her trademark pout, to finish off the effect.

In fact, Philip Treacy was in abundance at the ceremony – with 36 guests wearing one of the Irish milliner’s creations.

There was also an Irish touch to the groom’s outfit, as he wore the red coat of the Irish Guards uniform for the ceremony, which had a shamrock on the collar.

The classic wedding look was sported by Kate’s mother Carole Middleton, while Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice chose Philip Treacy toppers to match their outfits.

As for the beautiful bride herself, Kate was resplendent in a stunning Alexander McQueen gown, which was designed by the label’s creative director Sarah Burton. It featured a forties-style deep v-neck, lace sleeves, and a long train.

She wore a tiara gifted to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday, and diamond earrings by Robinson Pelham, which her parents gave her as a gift for her big day. She entered the church wearing a light veil made of ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers.

But did the bridesmaid steal the show? You decide:

All images by Press Association

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Aoife Barry


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