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Princess Kate's everlasting influence on bridal trends

The Princess of Wales' iconic wedding dress has had a lasting impact on brides everywhere

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Katie Daly
Lifestyle Writer
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Princess Kate's stunning Westminster Abbey wedding to Prince William not only went down in history as the moment she became the wife of the future king but also in the style stakes.

The Princess of Wales, 42, looked lit from within during her 2011 wedding where she was totally breathtaking in a bespoke gown made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen with delicate lace sleeves and a fit and flare silhouette.

Kate Middleton's wedding dress© Getty
Kate Middleton's wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton

The crisp white gown with the lacy bodice was styled with an ivory silk tulle veil which was embroidered with a rose, a thistle, a daffodil, and a shamrock, to represent each of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Completing the look was the late Queen's Cartier Halo Tiara. 

Kate and William wedding photo leaving Westminster Abbey© Getty
Kate's wedding dress had gorgeous lace sleeves

Though the stunning look will be remembered for years to come as one of the most anticipated wedding dresses of the decade, that is not to say that the impact the dress has had on brides-to-be is a thing of the past. 

Nikita Thorne, head of strategy at Guides for Brides tells HELLO! that the bridal landscape still feels the ripple effect of the Princess' beautiful look. "The Kate Middleton wedding is obviously the most iconic of all time for the current bride, and everyone wants that big wedding moment," she says. 

Kate Middleton in her wedding dress © Getty
Kate's train went on for days

Kate's dress isn't the only one of that historic royal occasion that has continued to influence bridal styles. "Funnily enough, I think the bridesmaid's dresses [are equally iconic], all I wanted was the Pippa Middleton bum!," says Nikita.

Pippa Middleton at Prince William and Kate's royal wedding in 2011© Getty
Pippa Middleton found worldwide fame after Prince William and Kate's royal wedding in 2011

Kate's younger sister Pippa became an overnight sensation thanks to her bespoke figure-flattering floor-length gown that was too designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The gown featured a cowl neckline, lace-adorned capped sleeves, and covered buttons down the back.

Catherine Middleton with the father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arriving to her royal wedding© Getty
Pippa's bridesmaid dress was in a surprising white shade with buttons down the back

Nikita adds that the gown that Princess Eugenie had made for her 2018 ceremony to Jack Brooksbank has also had a lasting effect on bridal trends. "Princess Eugenie's wedding dress with the fact that she was able to show her scoliosis scars had a huge influence on the people that are affected by that," the wedding expert tells us.

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Eugenie's wedding dress showed her childhood scar

Sarah Ferguson's daughter wore a gown by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos with a V-neckline that folds around the shoulders for a structured look. The Princess deliberately opted for a dress with a low back to show the scar from the surgery she underwent at the age of 12 to correct scoliosis in a powerful moment that is not easily forgotten.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England© Getty
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wed just months after Meghan and Harry

Alison Hargreaves, founder of Guides For Brides adds Meghan Markle into the mix. The Duchess of Sussex, 42, married Prince Harry in the same year as Princess Eugenie said 'I do' in a majestic ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

A photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day in 2018© Getty
Meghan was a blushing bride in 2018

Putting her simplistic Clare Waight Keller gown with a bateau neckline to one side, Meghan Markle has made waves in the cake business with her floral masterpiece by California-native baker Claire Ptak. 

Prince Harry Meghan Markle wedding cake© Getty
Meghan and Harry's cake was a lemon and elderflower masterpiece in a break from the traditional fruit cake

Alison Hargreaves tells us: "All of a sudden, everyone wanted lemon and elderflower cake, and that's something anyone can have at their wedding, so you're not going to be able to get a castle…or a six-tier wedding cake, but there were elements of it. The style of the dress, the style of the bridesmaids' dresses, the colour schemes, the cake flavours.

Harry and Meghan leave chapel after wedding© Getty
Meghan's dress was simple and elegant

"What's probably quite interesting to brides is actually understanding they can bring evidence from that wedding into their own and breaking down the little bits that are very, very easy," Alison adds.

It may surprise royal followers to hear that the experts at Guide for Brides have pointed out that certain celebrity weddings are becoming as influential as royal weddings in the style stakes. 

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"I would even say that the influencer wedding is as impactful as a royal wedding these days," says Nikita Thorne. "I certainly was following Katie Penny-Jeffries on Instagram the whole of her wedding…they've got similar budgets to the majority of brides and grooms who are watching what they're doing."


Princess Kate wearing black and white polka dots and a hat

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