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A touching detail in photos from James Middleton's secret wedding to French analyst Alizée Thevenet has fans' hearts all a-flutter.
In a sweet nod to her new husband's family, bride Alizée, 32, has revealed that she said 'I do' in the same dress worn by her mother-in-law, Carole Middleton over four decades ago.
"My something borrowed was in fact my dress from my mother in law Carole who last wore it 41 years ago on her wedding day in June, 1980," she told Hello! magazine a week and a half after the nuptials on September 11.
Alizée explained that she 'fell in love' with the white off-the-shoulder gown after trying it on in the lead-up to the wedding while spending lockdown with James, 34, and his parents at their Berkshire home.
"It fitted me perfectly and was exactly what I wanted. It always troubled me that wedding dresses are only worn once so it was amazing to give such a beautiful dress a second lease of life," she said.
Fans on social media were thrilled to learn the special story behind the bride's vintage dress, which one Instagram user called, "Beautiful and understated".
"Such a beautiful pair! I just love her dress. Would never guess it’s over 40 years old. Goes to show how great things never really go out of style," remarked another.
"So sweet from her and lovely tribute to her in laws," added a third.
The embroidered gown was a perfect fit for the couple's big day which took place in the French seaside village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on the famous Côte d'Azur.
James and Alizée, who had been dating for three years, tied the knot in the town hall in front of family members including James' sister Kate, her husband Prince William and their three children.
James' other sister, Pippa, her husband James Matthews, his parents Carole and Michael Middleton, and two of his beloved dogs, Luna and Mabel, were also there.
After the ceremony, the party decamped to a nearby restaurant on the beach to celebrate.
James later took to Instagram to share a photo of him with his bride, accompanied by a heartfelt caption.
"Yesterday I married the love of my life surrounded by family, friends and of course a few dogs in the beautiful village of Bormes-les-Mimosas," he gushed.
"Words cannot describe how happy I am."
The wedding was a long time coming for the pair who were forced to postpone twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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