In April 2011, royal fans all over the world drew a collective gasp when Kate Middleton stepped out of her car and waved at crowds on her wedding day, wearing a stunning lace wedding gown by Sarah Burton.
It was the public’s first time to catch a glimpse of the future Duchess of Cambridge in the ornate creation, as she walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in London to marry Prince William.
However, just weeks earlier, it’s reported the 29-year-old, who had been dating William for seven years at that stage, was left in floods of tears after the designer of her wedding gown was leaked to the press.
In March, just one month before she walked down the aisle, Sarah Burton was unveiled by The Sunday Times as the designer.
The newspaper said Kate was first taken by Sarah’s gowns after the McQueen designer created Sara Parker Bowles’ (Camilla Parker Bowles’ daughter-in-law) wedding dress in 2005.
Speaking on Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers, royal author and commentator Katie Nicholl, said the news caused mayhem at the palace.
“Behind the scenes I think that caused tears at the Palace because Kate had done everything she could to keep the wedding dress a secret,” Katie said.
Sarah Burton kept quiet on everything to do with her design and her relationship with Kate until three years after the wedding.
In an interview with The New York Times Style Magazine, Sarah said she will always cherish the special moment.
“I loved making the dress, I loved adapting my ideas to suit the person and the occasion, and we put our hearts into it,” she said.
“I respect the intimate nature of that lovely project and I respect the friendships that were forged during it... an instinctive, intelligent, imaginative young woman's wish for a beautiful wedding dress — or any kind of dress — is the most natural thing in the world.
“I was honored to pick up the challenge and always will be."
She also said that while she understands we are a ‘culture obsessed with fame’, she respects her clients’ privacy.
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