THE wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) last week gave two billion viewers around the world a taste of how well old and new can come together.
On the one hand, you had your horse-drawn carriage carrying the newlyweds down cobblestone streets, and royal guards marching in their centuries-old getup.
On the other, guests walked into Westminster Abbey, where the wedding was held, in the most modern of clothes, hanging on to their smartphones, watched by millions online.
The fashion was one thing many people looked forward to, especially considering Kate’s decision to keep the name of the designer of her wedding dress mum until the big day.
The hype didn’t dissapoint as she looked spectacular in the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation.
While everyone waited with bated breath for the couple to arrive (and when not distracted by the unbelieveably good-looking football star David Beckham), we had a chance to check out what some of the guests wore.
Most of the women donned hats, fascinators, gloves and elegant frocks; the men came in three-piece tuxedos and other formal suits.
Here are just some (nice and questionable ones) of them
British socialite Tara Palmer Tomkinson showed up in electric blue from toe to tip. Prince William’s long-time friend had all eyes on her, but we’re just not quite sure if it’s because they liked her look, or otherwise.
The dress by British fashion designer Deborah Milner came complete with a matching hat by Philip Treacy. It could have gone without the matching gloves, bag and shoes. I’d any one of the accessories, just not all at the same time.
In minimal makeup and a gorgeous shift dress and matching jacket, singer Joss Stone was almost unrecognisable.
Just like most of the guests at the wedding, Joss, too, showed up in monochrome – she was in all pink, from her shoes to her bag, with the exception of her hat (although it was adorned with tiny pink roses).
Usually seen with her hair loose and clad in boho-chic outfits, Joss donned a conservative, wide-brimmed hat, and I must admit she looked pretty and chic.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, Prince William’s cousins, arrived together but their looks didn’t quite gel.
Princess Beatrice looked super sophisticated in a taupe Valentino haute couture dress and matching coat (again with matching shoes, bag and gloves), but her hat or whatever it was that rested on her head looked very silly and took attention away from her outfit.
There’s even a Facebook group called “Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Hat”.
While Princess Eugenie didn’t go for the matching accessories, she did don an ill-fitting blue- and-green Vivienne Westwood creation.
For such a grand event they both may have fared better in something not-so-ambitious.