Something borrowed: Catherine wears Cartier tiara lent by the QueenBy Maysa Rawi
Last updated at 7:11 PM on 29th April 2011
- Bride wore diamond tiara given to the Queen on her 18th birthday by the Queen Mother
- Catherine's hair was in a half-chignon, showing off diamond earrings gifted by her parents
- She did her own make-up
But the bride eschewed the elaborate head piece in favour of a more simple - but equally stunning - design for her marriage to Prince William.
Catherine, now known as the Duchess of Cambridge, wore the diamond creation as her 'something borrowed' from her grandmother-in-law.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend: Catherine wore a Cartier tiara, given to her as a gift by her grandmother-in-law
Au naturel: The Duchess of Cambridge opted to do her own make-up, which was nevertheless expertly applied
The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth, now the Queen, by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
Catherine matched the tiara with earrings by Robinson Pelham - a gift from her parents inspired by the new Middleton coat of arms.
Stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre sparkled, framing Catherine's face perfectly.
They were made to compliment the tiara, and were on display as Catherine's hair was pulled away from her face.
In a half-chignon, her loose waves - a hairstyle that launched a thousand imitations - were romantic and marked the end of the 'poker straight' era.
Hand-me-down: The tiara was originally a gift to the late Queen Mother, right, by her husband George VI
'I think we've seen some hints of it over the last few weeks when it has been partly pulled back and partly left down.
'I would call it a kind-of-up-but-down do.'
Bling: The bride wore her sapphire engagement ring - formerly worn by Diana, and Robinson Pelham earrings desgned given to her as a gift by her parentsAnd he said the style would mark the re-birth of the heated roller.
Catherine decided not to wear the tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day, as it was first thought she would
'It's all about a girl's best friend - the heated roller.
Mr Barton said Kate's simple style was safe and predictable but also accessible.
'But what I like is that the family and everyone involved in the machine that Kate Middleton has become are going to want her to be accessible to the public and I think that's what it is.
'It's what a lot of brides would want for their hair, especially if they have long hair.
'It's almost Disney princess-like, it's very girlie, very feminine. She's taken no style statement risks but you can't blame her for that with the whole world watching her.
'I think one of the things she would have wanted was for William to recognise her when she walks down the aisle.
'William loves her long hair as much as she loves it, it's part of her style statement, it's what we know her for.
'That's the same as what we knew Diana for, we knew her for her hairstyle.'
The look came as no surprise as Catherine's hair stylist Richard Ward let it slip that the bride would wear her hair down.
Despite looking expertly applied, It was well documented that the bride opted not to have help with her make-up.
Beauty expert Elsa Mcalonan said:
Make-up artist Kay Montano, was visibly impressed with Kate's DIY wedding day look.
She said: 'She has always been good at putting on her own make-up, but today it was perfect.
Healthy glow: Catherine's blusher - difficult fro brides perfect - was just right
Disney princess: Catherine's loose waves mark the end of the 'poker straight' hair era
'The blusher, which is very difficult for people to get right themselves, was just right. It was subtle, but you can see it. Cheeks should have a healthy glow and she got it just right.
'Her skin was dewy and radiant and the foundation looked as if it was water-based. any brides make the mistake of wearing too much foundation or the wrong foundation.
'It is all about wearing sheer products on your wedding day.'
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