How Kate broke tradition with Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid's dress

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When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married on 29th April 2011, making it the first modern royal wedding in decades, they broke tradition in several subtle ways, from their wedding night to Kate choosing to wear her hair down (this hadn't been done in 350 years!).

The bride even did her own makeup instead of getting the professionals in, reportedly because she wanted Prince William to recognise her as she walked down the aisle.

And her glam wasn't the only tradition she modernised. Of course, we all know of Kate Middleton's wedding dress, which in itself mixed historical and present day elements.

Buckingham Palace explained at the time, 'Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.'

Uncharacteristically, the bride chose to dress her sister, Pippa Middleton, in an ivory dress to match hers, which is usually a big no no, since you could confuse the bridesmaid with the bride.

Pippa's dress, also designed by Sarah Burton, matched Kate's in colour and featured similar lace on the neckline and buttons down the back.

It was however more fitted, where Kate's was flared, and featured a cowl neckline. We can all agree the overall effect looked beautiful and unexpected.

The Duchess of Cambridge also dressed her flower girls in ivory dresses with puff sleeves and full skirts.

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.

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