Embroiderer Of Kate Middleton's Stunning Wedding Dress Spills Secrets From The Beautiful Bride's Final Fitting
In honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 10th wedding anniversary, the embroiderer of the bride's chantilly lace Alexander McQueen dress, Chloe Savage, is spilling secrets from their special day!
Though every detail of the April 29 event was meticulously planned ahead of time, Kate had her final fitting just one day before the nuptials.
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"Brides have a tendency to do things like drop half a stone [seven pounds] before a wedding and as her dress was going to be seen from every conceivable angle by a billion people, you couldn't have it being a bit saggy because she'd lost weight or gained a couple of ounces due to stress," Savage explained to PEOPLE of the timing.
In fact, their nuptials were streamed on YouTube by over 70 million people worldwide — that's in addition to the 1,900 lucky ones who were invited to witness Kate walk down the aisle at London's Westminster Abbey.
"We were all sitting around the studio at about nine o'clock waiting for the dress to come back with any final adjustments," Savage recalled of the final hours alongside her 50-person staff. "We hadn't finalized the lace down the seams yet. We had most of it on the dress but had left the lace loose in the seam to accommodate for that final fitting."
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"We had the dress finished by about 9 p.m. but were still tweaking the lace on the shoes until about 10 p.m. ... Around 10 p.m., [designer] Sarah Burton did her final inspection, then we carefully packed everything all up and handed it to the guy who was escorting the dress to Kate," she continued. "We then went to the pub for a drink!"
To keep details of the gown under wraps, the team worked in the secluded Hampton Court Palace.
"Our involvement was more during the months before the actual wedding," she noted. "On the day, it was a case of 'Oh thank God, we've done it!' but also with an incredible sense of pride."
After the formal wedding ceremony, the new bride switched into a strapless dress with a circle skirt and a fuzzy white cardigan for the nighttime reception, which took place at Buckingham Palace.
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To celebrate their anniversary, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on their Instagram page that showed the couple and their three kids — Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5 and Prince Louis, 3 — exploring nature together.
"Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary," the post's caption read. "We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W&C."