29 April 2016

Flashback: The Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 2011

Prince William married Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 (perhaps you recall...). No better time than their fifth wedding anniversary to revisit that most famous recent royal wedding - with, of course, a focus on our blog's primary subjects and the jewels they displayed.

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The bride accessorized her Alexander McQueen wedding gown with a tiara on loan from The Queen, the Cartier Halo Tiara. Revisit my post on The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding gown here.

Though The Queen still wears outfits from other couturiers, there wasn't much doubt that she'd select one from her personal assistant for this huge royal event. Angela Kelly designed this single crepe wool primrose dress with hand sewn beading at the neck in the shape of sunrays and matching double crepe wool tailored primrose coat. Ms. Kelly also designed the matching crepe hat with handmade silk roses and apricot-colored leaves.

With her standard daytime pearls and earrings, The Queen chose the True Lover's Knot Brooch from Queen Mary. It was a significant choice not only in theme - these knots are symbols of love, friendship, affection - but also in size. This brooch is most frequently used for evening events, with the exception of special events such as this one.

The Duchess of Cornwall's brooch choices were also symbolic, in their own way; the Van Cleef & Arpels Cosmos collection has a design based in part on the four leaf clover. Camilla has a pair of these brooches and a pair of Cosmos earrings, and she wore either one large and one small brooch or one large brooch and one earring as a brooch. She also wore her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings and a favorite single strand of pearls with her Anna Valentine-designed champagne silk dress and hand-embroidered duck egg blue and champagne coat. Jimmy Choo shoes, a Philip Treacy hat, and an Anna Valentine clutch completed her elegant and understated outfit.

Video: Full wedding broadcast
Just in case you feel like wasting a few hours of your day on this noble cause, the full wedding broadcast is above.

Photos: British Monarchy screencaps unless otherwise noted