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Here Come The Princess Brides

August 25, 2011
The year 2011 has see a slew of royal weddings.  Catherine , Zara and Charlene of Monaco all wed their beaus in memorable, fairytale weddings. One thing was apparent,  each of these royal brides  had very distinct and individual senses of style.
Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge chose to go with Sarah Burton for Alexander Mcqueen as the designer for her gown- a dress that has since been immortalized in fashion history. The lacy, long-sleeved, sweetheart-neckline gown with lace overlay paid homage to a very similar dress worn by Grace Kelly during the nuptials to her prince, Rainier III of Monaco. Kate was the picture of princess perfection in the full-skirted dress that was on magnificent display when she entered the abbey. The ivory satin bodice was cut low in the back, and coupled with a lace overlay.
The veil was secured by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Middleton by the Queen. It’s a simple but very elegant look. She wore an attached train that measured over six feet.
Needless to say, the Duchess’s dress was met with overwhelming approval by the billion people that tuned in to witness the historic event.


Known for her daring outfits and rebel sense of style, there was much speculation as to what Zara would wear for her wedding.  She did not disappoint. For a woman once dubbed a ‘wild child’, Zara Phillips looked wonderfully grown up at her wedding. She dressed to impress in a gown designed by her grandmother the queen’s favourite designer, Stewart Parvin. The dress was a simple ivory silk faille and duchess satin gown. The Parvin creation featured a chevron pleated bodice ending in dramatic inverted pleats on a dropped waist was designed to create a bell-shaped silhouette with a concealed structured corset. Silk tulle straps form a V at the back and the bust is in silk duchess satin, with simple bias-cut raw edged ribbons of top-stitched silk faille and duchess satin decorating the neckline and empire seam. The full skirt of the dress featured concealed pockets, a band of silk duchess satin at the hem, and a subtle train – in contrast to many previous royal brides. Delicate fabric-covered buttons decorated the centre back of the gown, from its neckline to the hem. To top off the ethereally simple outfit, the equestrienne wore a fine silk tulle cathedral length bouffant-style veil, and a Greek Key tiara lent to her by her mother the Princess Royal. Her pared-down, natural make-up was from Bobbi Brown, while her hair was worn in a swept-up chignon, styled by Evangelos Tsaipkinis,

Princess Charlene of Monaco, another princess tying the knot, wed her long-time fiance, Prince Albert of Monaco in two ceremonies; a civil and church ceremony as per Monaco tradition. On her wedding day, Charlene swept along the red carpet in a sumptuous boat neck gown by Giorgio Armani Prive. Under clear blue skies, scores of residents and tourists lined the streets of Monaco to watch the statuesque blonde’s transformation from commoner into princess in the red silk damask-draped throne room where Hollywood icon Grace Kelly married Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III, 55 years ago.

The princess wore a gown made of off-white silk duchesse satin, with a long train and crossover detail on the front and back which formed a second “à l’andrienne” train. The front of the dress, trim and train were embellished with floral embroidery crafted with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues. Wittstock topped her look with an off-white silk tulle veil, which required 20 meters of fabric and more than 100 hours of manpower to create. At the reception, the bride wore a white gold “Diamond Spray” tiara by Lorenz Bäumer, a delicate crown of 11 encrusted diamond pears weighing up to eight carats each. In a rare twist for a royal wedding, Other than the tiara, Charlene chose to wear no jewellery. She kept her makeup simple with a toned down smokey eye and a glossy lip.

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