Who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?

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Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day
Kate Middleton wore Alexander McQueen on her wedding day
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We can barely believe it’s been nearly ten whole years since Kate Middleton stunned in an Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton wedding dress to tie the knot with Prince William at Westminster Abbey on a sunny day in April 2011. 

In a world dominated by covid-19, it feels wonderful to reflect back on such a joyful day when the royal wedding - watched by 2 billion people and commemorated with a bank holiday (like the one the Queen has planned for 2022) - was all anyone could talk about for weeks. 

Be it who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, or what her sister, Pippa Middleton, wore and why it attracted so much attention, the world couldn't get enough of this royal wedding. 

And, as the couple - who have since welcomed three children into the world - prepare to celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary, we’re looking back at some of the key details from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's big day... 

Kate Middleton on her wedding day

Kate Middleton's wedding dress train was nearly nine-feet long

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Who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?

The Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of many British designers - including Jenny Packham and L.K Bennett. But for her wedding dress, Kate opted for a gown designed by Sarah Burton - creative director of luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen. 

“Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress,” according to the Palace. And the dressmaker has since revealed how Kate's wedding gown reflected her personality.

Naturally, the details behind Kate’s wedding dress, including who designed it, were kept secret for months - despite a number of attempted leaks. And the grand reveal on April 29th 2011 was well worth the wait. 

Kate Middleton on her wedding day

Kate helped Sarah Burton with the design process 

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On why Kate made the decisions she made, a statement from the Palace said, “Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing.

“Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work.”

On what Kate wanted her dress to reflect, “The dress epitomises timeless British craftsmanship by drawing together talented and skilled workmanship from across the United Kingdom. 

Kate Middleton on her wedding day

Kate Middleton wore the Queen's Cartier Halo tiara for the big day 

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“The dress design pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition, which advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often Romantic styles of decoration. Ms Burton’s design draws on this heritage, additionally giving the cut and the intricate embellishment a distinctive, contemporary and feminine character.”

Not only was Kate’s dress utterly stunning, but it attracted attention for all the right reasons. 

The train was nearly nine-feet-long, which lent itself to a dramatic entrance into Westminster Abbey. 

With Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton - who also wore an Alexander McQueen gown for the occasion and is thought to be expecting her second baby - in charge of holding the 70cm train for Kate’s arrival. 

Kate Middleton on her wedding day

Kate Middleton's dress cost approximately £250,000 

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The dress was Victorian inspired with its corset-style bodice and all the lace work was done by hand by the Royal School of Needlework. 

According to Good Housekeeping, Kate’s “something blue” was a blue ribbon sewn into the inside of her dress and her “something borrowed” was the Queen’s Cartier Halo tiara she wore for the special day. 

In a similar fashion, the Queen lent Princess Beatrice a dress for her secret Windsor wedding last year. 

How much was Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?

Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress is thought to have cost £250,000. 

It is widely reported that it was Kate’s parents, Carole and Mike Middleton, that footed the bill and paid for Kate’s gorgeous gown. 

Did Kate Middleton have a second wedding dress?

Yes, like many royal brides Kate had an outfit change for the evening reception.

The mum-of-three slipped into a much simpler gown - also Alexander McQueen - which featured a satin A-line skirt, a sweetheart neckline and an embellished belt. She teamed the dress with a cream cardigan. 

Kate Middleton on her wedding day

Kate Middleton's second wedding dress was also Alexander McQueen 

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Where is Kate Middleton’s dress now and is it on display?

As is tradition with many royal wedding dresses, Kate’s dress went on display in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace for a short period after the wedding.

The exhibition ran for three months and was hugely successful, with over 600,000 people buying a ticket to see the dress in person. 

It’s unclear where the dress has been kept since that day, but we’re sure the team at Buckingham Palace have got it safe and secure in storage somewhere. 

Georgia Farquharson
Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."