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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Grace Kelly, Diana, Maria Von Trapp: Royal wedding dress inspiration

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey. (Gareth Fuller - AP)
The Duchess formerly known as Kate Middleton confirmed everyone’s suspicions by arriving at Westminster Abby in a classic v-neck gown by Sara Burton of Alexander McQueen. As soon as she stepped onto the red carpet, TV commentators, Twitter wedding watchers and our own live blog began comparing her choice to iconic gowns of the past. Was it more Grace Kelly or Princess Diana? Is there possibly a little bit of Maria Von Trapp?

Princess Grace Kelly waves to cheering crowds lining the road as she rides in an open car with Prince Rainier III following their wedding ceremony in the Monaco Cathedral. (AP)

There’s no denying the similarities between Kate’s dress and the lacy, long-sleeved look of the Princess of Monaco. Grace Kelly’s 1950s wedding gown was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. Her dress featured floral lace and seed pearls and was constructed of four parts including a bodice, silk skirt, ruffled petticoat and tulle train.

Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, showing her wedding gown for the first time, turns as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles.

Kate’s dramatic cathedral train and statement sleeves also reflect details of Princess Diana’s history-making wedding dress.

Still from “The Sound of Music”

Still, something about Kate’s gown reminded us of Maria. The “Sound of Music” heroine wore a fitted-bodiced dress with long sleeves and a v-neck to her own military wedding.

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By Marie Elizabeth Oliver  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/29/2011


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