Kate Middleton, center, accompanied by her father Michael Middleton, right, and her sister Pippa Middleton, who is the maid of honour, enter Westminster Abbey. (Tom Pilston/AP)

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The train is 8.8 feet long, according to Glamour magazine, and her earrings, a gift from her parents, were meant to echo the tiara. Vera Wang, speaking on CNN, said the veil’s translucency was a smart move: it’s refined and respectable, but it allows everyone to see Middleton.

The Daily Express royal correspondent, Richard Palmer, also noted that Kate was wearing something “old, new, borrowed, and blue,” as is the tradition for brides.

The influences of Carrickmacross and Arts and Crafs on Middleton’s dress design are the “old,” says Palmer. The earrings, a gift from her parents, are the “new. ”The tiara is “borrowed,” and a blue ribbon sewn into her dress is the “blue.”

Officials released a statement that said: “Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.” They also said that Middleton worked “closely” with Sarah Burton to formulate the design of her dress.


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Kate Middleton, as predicted, looks absolutely stunning. Her dress is more ornate than I was expecting.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyLiv Griffiths
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Which retailer will have a copy of kate’s dress first on shelf to buy? The race is on.. #royalwedding #rw2011less than a minute ago via ÜberSocial Favorite Retweet ReplyMark Shaw
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Which retailer will have a copy of kate’s dress first on shelf to buy? The race is on.. #royalwedding #rw2011less than a minute ago via ÜberSocial Favorite Retweet ReplyMark Shaw
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