The touching story behind Alizée Middleton's wedding dress

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Kate Middleton's brother James Middleton tied the know with his fiancée Alizée Thevenet in Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the South of France last week.

The ceremony was largely held under wraps, and the reception took place at the bride's family house in the village. We do know the Cambridges attended, though no photos have been released.

That is until now. Pictures of the nuptials feature in this week's Hello! magazine, and we can finally see Alizée's gorgeous wedding dress in full.

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The simple off-the-shoulder gown features pretty lace inserts on the bodice as well as a flowing skirt. And it turns out the dress has a very special meaning, since it actually belonged to her new mother-in-law, Carole Middleton. In fact, it was this exact dress that Carole wore on her own wedding day in 1980.

She told Hello! that she tried it on at her in-laws during lockdown, after the pandemic threw their plans into disarray. '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 said.

'While talking about dresses with Carole and sharing ideas during lockdown for inspiration, I tried on her wedding dress and fell in love with it. 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 added.

Something old, borrowed and incredibly sentimental.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.