It's been over a decade since Princess Kate exchanged vows with Prince William at Westminster Abbey, but her bridal gown continues to be one of the most memorable royal wedding looks of all time. Made in collaboration with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the timeless dress featured metres of lace, hidden details requested by the Princess of Wales, and even special nods to the Middletons, her new husband, and her late grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.
The elegant lace dress is believed to have cost her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton (who footed the bill), £250,000.
Who was the designer?
Kate worked closely with Alexander McQueen's artistic director Sarah Burton on the design of the dress. "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," the Palace said in a statement. "Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work."
This included an ivory satin Victorian-inspired corset bodice which was "narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips", alongside 58 organza-covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops at the back and a skirt that "echoes an opening flower."
In a rare comment about creating the royal wedding dress, Sarah told the New York Times, T Magazine: "I loved making the dress, I loved adapting my ideas to suit the person and the occasion, and we put our hearts into it. I respect the intimate nature of that lovely project and I respect the friendships that were forged during it... an instinctive, intelligent, imaginative young woman's wish for a beautiful wedding dress - or any kind of dress - is the most natural thing in the world. I was honoured to pick up the challenge and always will be."
Take a look at the best photos and details of the royal bride's wedding dress, veil and jewellery....