Kate Middleton’s highly polished sense of style has inspired and guided aspiring fashionistas ever since she was first spotted on the arm of Prince William! On the day of her wedding back on April 29, 2011, the soon-to-be Duchess of Cambridge stepped out wearing one of the most iconic and highly anticipated wedding dresses known to date. The dress and its designer Sarah Burton were kept top secret for months leading up to the event and were not officially announced until just prior to the service when Kate stepped out of her car to enter Westminster Abbey. The dress took months to make under highly confidential conditions, which means there are quite a few hidden details about the intricate design you probably didn’t know. Follow along for 12 hidden details you likely didn’t know about Kate Middleton’s iconic wedding dress:
12. The lace was highly intricate and strategic in its creation
The lace appliques on her McQueen design were handmade by the Royal School of Needlework and they used a design called Carrickmacross that began in Ireland in the 1920s. The employees who worked on the lace were mandated to wash their hands every 30 minutes to ensure the lace was pure white when Kate walked down the aisle. The flowers of the lace were also specifically chosen and were actual flowers including roses, thistle, daffodils, and shamrocks.