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The Royal Wedding – Jewelry

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April 29, 2011 – Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey

The Wedding Dress

Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Catherine Middleton’s Veil

Kate Middleton’s veil is constructed of ivory silk tulle and trimmed with flowers hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Catherine Middleton’s Tiara & Earrings

Duchess of Cambridge Jewelry

Holding the veil is a Cartier halo tiara, lent to the bride by Queen Elizabeth II. The tiara dates from 1936 and was purchased by the (then) Duke of York (who later became King George VI) for the Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother). The Queen Mother gave the tiara to her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, on her 18th birthday.

Catherine Middleton’s earrings are a wedding gift from her parents. Stylized oak leaves rest against her ears, and pave set diamonds in the shape of an acorn are framed by the oval ring of diamonds that forms each pendant. The design was inspired by the Middleton family’s new coat of arms and were a wedding gift from her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

Prince William’s Attire

Prince William is commissioned in all three of Great Britain’s Armed Services and has actively served with both the Army and the Royal Air Force. He wore the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards.

William & Kate’s New Title

Prince William and Catherine Middleton are now known as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William had a little trouble placing the snug gold wedding band onto Catherine Middleton’s finger during the wedding ceremony, but it glided into place after passing her knuckle. She slid her sapphire and diamond engagement ring in front of the yellow gold band before attending the Queen’s reception for the couple, held at Buckingham Palace.

Kate’s gold band was fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold, a tradition for British Royal Family members. William will not wear a wedding band.

Adapted from : www.jewelry.about.com by Carly Wickell.

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