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Something old, new, borrowed and blue: Kate stuns in elegant ensemble

LONDON (RNN) - With the anticipation of who would design Kate Middleton's dress (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) out of the way, royal wedding watchers and amateur fashion critics can commence with marveling over her selected nuptial attire.

By all accounts, Kate was a stunner.

Managing to balance her own modern-woman sensibilities with the tradition required by the crown, her dress was a romantic white ivory satin covered with handmade lace appliques with long sleeves.

Kate's bouquet

Kate's bouquet was the traditional, all-white arrangement carried at royal weddings, but her flowers hold particular significance.

Lily of the Valley -  Return of happiness

Sweet William - Gallantry

Hyacinth – Constancy of love

Ivy -  Fidelity; marriage;  friendship; affection

Myrtle -  The emblem of marriage; love.

Her tasteful, low neckline was left unadorned by any necklace. Her most stunning accessory (besides her smile) was her Cartier tiara loaned (something borrowed) by her new grandmother-in-law, the Queen.

Middleton chose not to go the route of Princess Diana and her 25-foot train, choosing instead a simple, 9-foot train and lace-edged veil.

Her gown featured traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship in the beautiful lace sleeves and accents. It's a technique that dates back to the 1800s (Kate's something old).

Many onlookers commented on the similarity of Middleton's gown to Grace Kelly's.

Kelly married Prince Rainier III in 1956. Her dress is still one of the most iconic and copied wedding dresses to this day. The dress had a high collar top, long lace sleeves, and full skirt - strikingly similar to Middleton's.

The bride wore a set of stylized oak shape earrings with a diamond encrusted acorn in the middle, given to her by her parents. The earrings are a nod to her new family crest (Kate's something new), and were set off by Kate's long hair.

The flowers that made up her bouquet were white and simple, but all blooms were emblems of wedded love.  

Her something blue? Maybe it's that gorgeous sapphire engagement ring given to her by Prince William that belonged to the late Princess Diana, who received it from Prince Charles at their engagement.

The dress and all of its elegant, tasteful accents did not disappoint. Once they caught a glimpse of Middleton in what will be one of the most talked about outfits for years to come, there were loud cheers from her long-waiting well-wishers.

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