Ah, chillens. ’Twas like it was only yesterday I took a seat on a crappy leather couch somewhere outside Boston and tuned into BBC American/ABC (picture quality) for the most magnificent display of pageantry my eyes had ever laid eyes on. Those two kids had me hook, line and sinker on November 16th, 2010, but I didn’t realize just how captivated I would soon become by William and Catherine.
At 28, I suddenly idolized someone one year my senior. And yet, she was light years ahead of where I would ever hope to be (royalty, tiny waist, personal jewelry collection). Kate Middleton kept it classy at St. Andrew’s, obviously playing her cards right in the pursuit of Prince William, and now here she was, 10 years after meeting her future husband. Damn it, some girls have all the luck.
So, the dress. We speculated that Sarah Burton, who took over at Alexander McQueeen after the untimely passing of its master, was behind the top-secret wedding gown design. Catherine made sure that no one, but no one, was to know about this super-duper frock. Above all, Catherine wanted to make sure that William would not see the dress until she arrived at the altar on April 29th, 2011.
The Royal School of Needlework recruited its top-notch seamstresses, requiring that they wash their hands every 30 minutes so as not to get the delicate lace dirty. Those involved had no idea who they were making this exquisite dress for, but as the time drew near, they started to get wise.
Luckily, this didn’t provoke any involved to spill the beans, and Catherine paid as secret visit to Hampton Court Palace on February 29th, 2012 to say thank-you to those who helped make the fairy tale design.
And so, here are 37 photos showing off the exquisite work that transformed Kate Middleton into Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.