After a four minute walk down the aisle trailing a cathedral length train on her Alexander McQueen dress, Catherine Middleton arrived at the altar where her Prince awaited. “You’re Beautiful,” he whispered as she continued to beam, holding onto her father’s hand at her left side. The royal wedding was well under way as the world watched.
Crowds had gathered before daybreak, with some choosing to camp out and stake a claim on their spots to view the progression. In America, we set our alarms before the sun yawned and stretched in awakening, turning on BBC America to get a commercial-free, front row seat. Flipping to Good Morning America, the rowdy Americans were happily bantering on their views, opinions and personal interests.
But no matter which program was watched, all showed the same images of Prince William and Harry setting out on their journey, decked out in military regalia and waving joyously at the enraptured onlookers. Soon after, members of the family took the scenic drive to Westminster Abbey as well, including the Middletons, the Royal family, and of course Prince Charles, Camilla, and the Queen mum.
The first glimpse of Catherine’s gown could be seen from the windows of her arrival car. Quite similar to Grace Kelley’s wedding gown, the McQueen dress didn’t fail to live up to Kate’s new title of Duchess of Cambridge. Long, delicate sleeves of lace accented her slim figure, with a fitted bodice and ballgown complete with bustle. The Queen’s tiara, bestowed especially for the occasion, sat upon her head under a sheer veil. As she stepped out of the vehicle, her train followed slowly behind – her sister and Maid of Honor, Pippa, helping to straighten and make sure everything was picture-perfect.
But the bride’s attire wasn’t the only thing worth looking at. All ladies in attendance were required to adorn hats, and they did so in timeless, and sometimes flamboyant, style. Couture creations bedecked the heads of the rich, the famous, and the just-lucky-to-be-there, wearing pill boxes, chapeaus, fascinators, and umbrellas.
They slowly made their way towards Buckingham palace, waving to the overjoyed crowds and talking quietly of upcoming events – the famous kiss on the balcony included.