Being a royal might open doors to the world’s best designers, but it also comes with countless fashion rules. News reports alleged that the royal family strongly advised Kate to wear her hair up for the royal wedding, as Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth did for theirs. The half-up-half-down style for weddings was frowned upon in royal circles.
Kate had her heart set on wearing her hair down with flowing curls. It was her favorite way to wear her hair, and Prince William loved it on her, too. No matter how her hair was, and regardless of her wearing it down, no matter what she would have done, Kate would have made an astonishing bride.
The Royal Wedding
On April 29, 2011, Kate left her past life as a commoner behind and officially joined the British royal family. The wedding of the century took place at Westminster Abbey with an estimated global audience of 3 billion people. All eyes were on the radiant bride, who looked stunning in an Alexander McQueen dress.
Her silk dress with ivory lace featured four distinct motifs – rose, shamrock, thistle, and daffodil – representing the four countries in the United Kingdom. With a price tag of approximately $34 million, the royal wedding was one of the most lavish nuptials in history.
A Homage To Princess Diana
English brides abide by a timeless tradition where they must carry “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” on their wedding day. Like others before her, Kate honored this tradition in her own way. Her “something old” was the Alexander McQueen bridal gown that featured traditional Irish lace-making techniques. The diamond earrings gifted by her parents were her “something new.”
For “something blue,” Kate honored the later Princess Diana by sewing a blue ribbon into her dress. Princess Diana had a similar blue ribbon sewn to her gown when she married Prince Charles in 1981.
Royal Titles And Trips
Kate walked out of Westminster Abbey as the Duchess of Cambridge. In June 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set out on their first international trip for the British royal family. Kate and Prince William traveled to Canada for a series of appearances. The couple also traveled to America, where they attended a red carpet event in Los Angeles, California.
The next few years were going to be busy and intense, and her duties as a member of the royal family had just begun. She was now a representative of the crown and the future mother of the next one in line for the throne. Big responsibilities came ahead.
Scandals And Press Feuds
Among the biggest scandals that Kate encountered was in 2012, when French tabloids published topless photos of her while holidaying in France. The Duchess was sunbathing in a secluded villa when paparazzi captured photos using a long lens camera. Royal aides issued a strongly worded statement, comparing the incident to the worst excesses of the press during Diana's life.
The royal couple sued Closer magazine and the newspaper La Provence for $1.9 million in damages. French courts also granted the couple an injunction against publishers of the images. Never again would Kate be seen in such an explosive photo, revealing such intimacy and flesh.