As we approach tomorrow’s tenth anniversary of The Wedding, I believed it may be fun to look at some of the preps before the huge day, ending with the night before the wedding. 

UPDATE: new photos have been released to mark the Duke & Duchess’s anniversary. 

The images were taken by Chris Floyd, a London-based professional photographer known for his star portraits.  

In the new pictures, the Duchess is wearing her Avery print gown by Ghost. 

The gown was offered at John Lewis at one point, where it is described as “Featuring three mix-and-match floral prints across the wrap-effect bodice as well as tiered skirt, it is loaded with quite frill detailing in georgette fabric. three mix-and-match floral prints, a wrap-effect bodice, as well as tiered skirt.”   It had quite frill detailing as well as a tie-detail at the waist.  It is made of synthetic material as well as is machine-washable. Below, a better look at the details. 

It looks like the Duchess may have on a necklace I’ve not previously seen. I will take a peek as well as update as soon as possible. UPDATE APR 29: There are suggestions the piece is Asprey’s Daisy Heritage Pendant, matching the Duchess’s Daisy Earrings shown below.  That is definitely a great possibility. 

UPDATE APRIL 30: As a number of have mentioned in comments as well as on social media, the number of ‘petals’ on the necklace as well as earrings appear different. I am not convinced the necklace is by Asprey as well as will continue seeking more info as well as likewise look at other designers/companies.  


Obviously, the planning as well as preparation for an event like this took months.  among the projects underway in March 2011, the development of two cakes. Below, Fiona Cairns, chosen to produce the multi-tiered, traditional fruit cake with white icing. 

More from Ms. Cairns’ website. 

…it was not to be ostentatious or grand, however charming as well as informal in its structure. Firstly, the cake featured 17 flowers, chosen by the Duchess, which all have different meanings; for example, Lily of the Valley symbolises sweetness as well as humility. The four national flowers likewise function on the cake; the increased to symbolise England, the Daffodil for Wales, Thistle for Scotland as well as the Shamrock for Ireland. 

Below, Ms. Cairns (c) with Diane Pallet (l) as well as Mary Doody (r) as they make decorations for the cake in late March.  

And Ms. Cairns with a flower.

There was a second cake, this one requested by Prince William.  The chocolate biscuit cake was made using 1700+ McVitie’s rich Tea Biscuits. 

Below, McVitie’s Head chef Paul Courtney (R) as well as producing manager Tom Kilcourse do a high quality check on the biscuit production line in late March.

From a hello magazine story with Master Chocolatier Barry Colenso, the professional McVitie’s retained to assist style as well as make the cake.  

The McVitie’s Cake business as well as I worked together in making William as well as Kate’s cake, however the actual recipe came from the Palace. It was based on one of Prince William’s favourite afternoon tea cakes from when he was younger, a traditional Tiffin cake, which was a relatively simple recipe. Although the McVitie’s Cake business as well as I developed it into a wedding event cake, we stuck carefully to the guidelines issued from Buckingham Palace to make sure it was just right.

Our publish tomorrow will have photos of both cakes. 

We now move from March to April. If wondering what the bride was doing as the huge day approached, on the 11th she had an engagement with Prince William. The duo visited Darwen Academy in northwest England.

It was the couple’s last public appearance before the wedding.  The Duchess-to-be wore British brands, including a silk mikado fit by Amanda Wakeley, Kiki McDonough earrings, an Anya Hindmarch clutch, as well as heels by LK Bennett.

We saw the Duchess one more time before the wedding, on April 20. 

She was doing some buying in Chelsea, wearing an Issa gown as well as carrying one of her Prada bowler handbags.  She is reported to have stopped in Banana Republic, Warehouse, as well as Whistles. Below, as she left Peter Jones in Sloane Square.

Now for the week of the wedding, beginning with the venue, Westminster Abbey.  Flowers arriving at the Abbey on April 27. 

The floral decor was designed by Shane Connolly, a Royal Warrant holder. below you see him with the Middleton family’s florist, Emma Sampson; Ms. Sampson likewise worked on the floral decor. The picture shows them in Windsor excellent Park in late April 2011, where many of the flowers as well as plants for the event were sourced.

The BBC reported that Ms. Sampson said, “Catherine asked us herself as well as it was wonderful, I mean, what an honour to be asked to do such a fantastic event as well as utilize some incredible flowers hopefully as well.” 

Before the decorating might even begin, whatever needed to be checked by security.

And then there was the tree wrangling.

That is one of the six English Maples brought into the Abbey to be placed in the nave aisle.

From an April 2011 everyday Mail story by Rebecca English: 

Four workers struggled for more than half an hour with a miniature forklift truck to take the very first tree into the Abbey, however were forced to turn it on its side as it wouldn’t fit with the door.

Two pyramid-shaped ornamental Hornbeams were likewise delivered as well as are being utilized to produce a leafy ‘frame’ around the choir.

Kate as well as William have insisted on using only seasonal, organic British flowers incorporating as many growing plants as possible rather than cut ones.

Not an simple task. 

The nave aisle is the main aisle utilized for the wedding.

Another view. 

More about the wedding event flowers via this town as well as country piece, quoting Mr. Connolly. 

But all I ever want is to please my client… whoever they are. as well as so I kept on reminding myself that it didn’t matter what the world thought, if the bride as well as groom were happy that’s all that mattered. They were extremely happy so it was all fine. The primary difficulty was making sure no one however me knew the details. I believe social media was less typical then so it would be much harder to do now!

Members of the national association of flower plan Societies assisted with the preps. 

Westminster Abbey noted in a series of social media posts this week that the “…Abbey was decorated with almost 30,000 flowers, mainly from the royal estates at Sandringham as well as Windsor, including azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, wisteria, beech, as well as lilac. The choices reflected the couple’s love of the English countryside.” Below, Wendy Davis, a member of the NAFAS smells flowers at the Abbey. 

There were several rehearsals for all involved, especially for the military.  Below, the Band of the Royal Marines rehearsing on the 26th at HMS Collingwood, a training base. 

On April 27th at 2am there was a armed forces gown rehearsal.

Sailors from the Royal Navy rehearsing. 

Another scene from that gown rehearsal. 

There were likewise rehearsals at Westminster Abbey on the 27th.  Below, Kate as well as others as they left the Abbey.

On the 28th there was one more rehearsal at Westminster Abbey. right here you see the Middletons as they arrived.

Below, Kate as well as Harry departing the Abbey after that final walk-through.

Then it was off to the Goring hotel for the Middleton family.

The household spent the night before the wedding event at the hotel. 

The Duchess was in her ruffled jacket by BCBG Max Azria, an Issa bird print dress, as well as her LK Bennett wedges.

There were huge crowds gathered at the hotel hoping to see the bride as well as her family. 

The hotel was extremely hectic on the 28th. (I don’t understand if this is the Middleton family’s belongings being unloaded, or one more guest(s).

However, this picture was in the batch with the Middleton household arriving at the hotel. It’s possible it was The Dress….? Although it would make more sense if it was delivered privately, not in full view of everyone.

There was one arrival that prompted rather a buzz. The person hoped to stay incognito.

More from an April 28, 2011, everyday Telegraph piece. 

The lady scuttling into the Goring Hotel, the Middleton household HQ, in London on Thursday hid her long blonde hair under a fur ‘trapper’ hat in an attempt to prevent being ‘spotted’ by swarms of photographers as well as television crews.

But she overlooked one vital hint – her accessories. as well as that is something somebody in the fashion business who does not want to be ‘seen’ should never do.

The distinctive studded leather belt doubled with the belt loops of her jeans was identical to the one favoured by Sarah Burton, innovative director of Alexander McQueen, as were the ballet pumps.

We understand exactly how this turned out!

We’ll leave you with a picture of the final touches at Westminster Abbey on the morning of the 29th. 

And one more picture of the Duchess as a single woman.

I’m guessing that just about everybody reading today’s publish remembers what they were doing ten years back today, particularly if you had plans to watch the wedding event with friends, get up early as well as bake anything special, all of that fun comes to mind. I’ll see you tomorrow with a special look back at the huge day.One other note today related to the wedding event anniversary. There are fundraisers underway to assist organizations with which the Duchess is affiliated. The “10th wedding event anniversary Fundraiser” is accepting money donations via a Virgin money Giving page.  

This link takes you to a page where money donations are being accepted, with proceeds going to four charities: action for Children, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), the Anna Freud national Centre for Children as well as Families, as well as Place2Be.   

The second event is taking location on social media as well as is raising goods for infant Basics.  instead of monetary donations, organizers have set up a listing on Amazon UK of items needed by the organization, as well as purchases will go directly to BabyBasics as well as be delivered across the UK to families in need. 

If donating to the second fundraiser, be sure you are on the Amazon UK site to ensure goods go to the appropriate place.  You can likewise check Kate’s Rangers on Twitter as well as Instagram for more info as well as to ask any type of questions you may have.   

You can watch the wedding event on the Royal Family’s YouTube channel. 






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