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Kate’s Royal Wedding Look from Day to Night

8 March 2018

In light of the recent Royal wedding announcements from Clarence House, that there will be, not one, but two Royal weddings this year, we are reminiscing and taking a look back at some of our favourite previous Royal wedding fashions. Starting with the iconic Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge is now a fashion icon, wherever she goes she is adored for her stylish outfits. Kate's Royal wedding look is no different, Kates long sleeved lace gown will always be referred back to and is still reflected in bridal fashion at present. 

Kate's ceremony look: 

Left: Prince William and Kate on their wedding day, Next: Richard Designs drop earrings - P806E, Next: Richard Designs stud earrings - E153, Below: Richard Designs upright tiara - TR2512A, Below: Richard Designs upright vintage look tiara - TR2464A, Below: Richard Designs upright tiara - TR1814A.   

Kate married Prince William in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey, in a stunning long sleeved lace and silk gown. The dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Read more details about Kate's beautiful gown here. 

Kate accessorised her gown with a stunning upright tiara from The Queen's private collection and some bespoke diamond drop earrings designed especially for Kate by jewellery designer, Robinson Pelham. Read more about Kate's tiara and jewellery here

Get a look like Kate with our upright tiara TR2464A and sparkling drop earrings P806E. See more princess style upright tiaras here

Kate's wedding veil: 

Left: Kate on her wedding day, Centre images: Richard Designs veil - C353C, Right corner: Kate entering the church

Kate accessorised her lace gown with a 72” ivory silk veil with a delicate lace edge. The veil complemented the lace bodice on the dress beautifully. Kate's veil was pinned completely flat under her tiara, across her half up, half down hair style. This created an elegant draping, modern bridal look.  

Get a look like Kate with a flat combed lace edge veil like our soft tulle veil, C353C. See more of our lace veils here. 

Kate's evening dress:

Left: Kate's evening look, Centre: Richard Designs dress Iona - RDB1030 , Next: Richard Designs dress Ava - RDB1001

Kate changed for the evening into a beautiful satin gown, which was also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. This elegant A-line gown had a sweetheart neckline and sparkling diamante detail at the waist. Kate changed her hairstyle to suit her evening look, wearing it all down with relaxed curls.  

We love the idea of having two bridal looks, moving from day to night. This allows you to choose two contrasting looks and select the gown to suit your wedding. For example you may choose a heavier ballgown for the ceremony and a sleek fishtail, or lighter silhouette for a party vibe, for the evening. 

To get a look like Kate, see our soft satin gowns from our new bridal dress collection, see styles Iona and Ava. Both of these gowns have a flattering sweetheart neckline and sleek A-line skirt, complete with hand beaded embellishment at the waistline. 

Kate's evening accessories: 

Left: Kate's evening look,  Centre: Richard Designs Belt 116, Below: Richard Designs Belt 098, Below: Richard Designs Belt 113, Right: Richard Designs faux fur shrug - SH11-21.

Kate's look for the evening was elegant and timeless. We love the sleek satin gown enhanced with the sparkling waistline and textured shrug. 

Get a look like Kate's by adding some accessories to your plain satin gown. Choose from our range of sparkling bridal belts, like our stunning Belt 116. 

If you don't want to change dresses for the evening you could swap your accessories to create a different look. For example remove your veil for the evening and wear a statement headdress instead. Another idea is to add some back jewellery for the evening 

See more of our beaded belts and bridal shrugs here. 

Read more of our blogs on Royal weddings here. 

Find your nearest Richard Designs stockist here.

Alisha Oakey

Alisha Oakey

Alisha has a design degree and has been working with Richard Designs since 2011, specialising in veil design.


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