Today Kate Middleton went from college girlfriend to Princess Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. This philanthropic, down-to-earth, educated, true British beauty deserves any royal title she’s given. She has graced the world with the most regal and elegant gown in the history of royal weddings. When Catherine descended her chariot (a Rolls Royce), the female newscasters all said the same thing, “Her dress looks very much like Grace Kelly’s.” Although the dresses have the same theme with the high collar and long sleeves done in lace, there was something about the people’s Kate that stood out amongst all the former brides. The mystery behind the dress’s designer was one of the best-kept secrets in British history! Sarah Burton, the creative director for the late Alexander McQueen, earned an art foundation diploma at Manchester Polytechnic before interning for McQueen during her third year at Central St. Martins (where McQueen also attended school) studying print fashion in London. Burton graduated in ’97 and became McQueen’s protégé after school. Catherine’s dress was fitted at the waistline and accompanied by a nine-foot train in a striking yet subtle floral embroidered pattern that continued to the front. The bodice was a sweetheart bustier shape kept under long lace sleeves and extending collar. The little peek-a-boo of skin at the neck was the perfect accent to looking modern and tasteful. Catherine was definitely a “veil bride” versus a “hair bride” by keeping her chocolate tresses down in soft curls as she normally does, and put the attention on a soft, mantilla-styled headdress with lace piping and of course the Cartier platinum tiara. The tiara was made in 1936 and bought by Prince William’s great-grandfather, King George VI, for William’s great-grandmother. Queen Elizabeth was then given the tiara on her 18th birthday by her mother and lent it to the new Princess for her special day. Catherine’s maid of honor, her sister Pippa, also donned a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ivory gown. Both the bride and the maid of honor wore earrings made by Robinson Pelham. Catherine’s earrings were a wedding gift from her parents and were made to look like her family’s new coat of arms. They had pave-set diamond acorns in the center of pear-shaped diamond drops. Pippa wore floral diamond earrings with a coordinating headpiece. Hopefully future brides take cues from the Duchess of Cambridge, instead of the horrible Bridezillas we see so much of. Catherine’s equation to being a stunning bride: softness, sophistication, subtly, and all smiles!