She'll soon step out in than ball gowns, but the knows how to nail a formal look. Her wedding dress was so iconic you can still buy copycat versions on over six years later.
A $200 knock-off doesn't hold a candle to the real thing, however. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the bridal gown cost a rumored to make. Where did that chunk of change all go? Get the insider scoop on the Duchess's wedding look below:
Victorian-inspired corsetry is an Alexander McQueen signature, and Kate Middleton's gown was no exception. To accent the bodice's narrow waist, Burton added a little extra oomph below the midsection.
Burton designed the bottom of the dress to resemble an opening flower. When bridesmaid Pippa Middleton lifted her sister's train, onlookers caught a glimpse of the lace-trimmed layers of silk tulle that gave the gown its shape.
A "something borrowed" doesn't get better than this. The reigning monarch received the Cartier halo tiara on her 18th birthday, but her father King George VI initially purchased the piece for his wife. The delicate sparkler includes nearly 1,000 diamonds — not a bad way to hold a veil in place.
With a similar lace collar and long sleeves, the Duchess's outfit drew instant comparisons to Grace Kelly's iconic wedding dress, as well as the Queen's own gown and '50s in general. An official confirmed that Kate wished to "combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen's work."
Most brides stick to one or the other, but the Duchess's dress featured satin gazar — a smooth but stiff fabric that holds its shape — in both shades. Burton also sewed a blue ribbon on the inside of the dress for good luck.
To create the elaborate applique on the bodice, the Royal School of Needlework used a woven with shamrock, roses and lilies. The workers cut around the shapes and applied them to a machine-made net. The gown also included lace from Solstiss and the Cluny Lace Company.
The Robinson Pelham danglers took inspiration from the Middleton family crest, echoing the acorn and oak leaf motifs. Mom Carole and dad Michael gave the diamond set to their daughter as a wedding present.
When you're marrying in Westminster Abbey, the dress needs to hold its own. The Duchess's skirt didn't break any royal wedding records though. At a whopping 25 feet long, takes the cake!
The floor-length hem didn't reveal her shoes often, but Kate Middleton didn't slip on for the formal occasion. Alexander McQueen provided ivory satin heels, hand-embroidered with additional lace by the Royal School of Needlework.
As gorgeous as her cathedral-length gown was, the newlywed didn't stay in it for long. She swapped the heavy train for at the reception. The second outfit included a circle skirt with diamante detailing at the waist, topped with a shrug.