My thoughts on the (first) Royal Wedding this year

I spent all evening yesterday watching the highlights of the Royal Wedding. I think the ceremony and everything leading up to it was executed brilliantly. No wonder, having been rehearsed so many times before. Imagine how many people must have worked on it, for months. No such stats yet. We do have stats on how many people watched it live across the globe – apparently nearly 2 billion people tuned in. Imagine having your own wedding with such an audience! The newly wed duke and duchess must be well relieved it is all over now.

Kate looked absolutely divine in the dress, made by Sarah Burton from the house of McQueen. Kept a secret until the very last moment, it will surely be a most talked about dress long after the wedding. A nice nod to the British fashion industry. The 1936 Cartier diamond tiara was her ‘something borrowed’ from … the Queen herself.

Kate Middleton accompanied by her father Michael, and her sister Pippa, enter Westminster Abbey. Photograph: Tom Pilston/AP

The wedding dress was classy and simple, it oozed style and royalty. A lot of people hoped for it to be OTT and may feel disappointed. But the fact it wasn’t, makes it so much more beautiful and suitable for the occassion. And it complemented William’s uniform so well.

My personal ‘most stunning guest outfit award’ goes to socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Royal blue dress, with matching wrap, hat, shoes, gloves and bag, looked just stunning and very elegant. You don’t get to see outfits like this too often. The dress is by Deborah Millner, and the hat was made specially for the occassion by Philip Treacy (along with 35 other hats or head pieces for the wedding guests).

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (left) arrives with her sister Santa. 
Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The highlights of the royal wedding? They kissed twice on the balcony of the Buckingham Palace (the protocol only allows for one kiss), William himself drove his newly wed wife in his father’s 40-year old open-top Aston Martin (a complete surprise to absolutely everyone and wildely cheered by the crowd). And, to top it up, the couple went for a very casual and laid back look the day after, heading off to their honeymoon in style. Again, the destination has been kept secret to everyone. Rumor has it, even to Kate herself. The British Monarchy may be up for ‘something new’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand to a waiting helicopter at Buckingham Palace Photograph: Wpa pool/Getty Images

As to the other Royal Wedding approaching – the dress is in the making, the suit has been cut, the guests have booked their plane tickets and there is excitement in the air. So much for now…

All pictures sourced from The Guardian.