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25th Apr 2020

Kate Middleton is rumoured to have had two back-up wedding dresses made

What we wouldn’t give for a glimpse at these…

If you’ve ever paid any attention to a British royal event, you’ll know that nothing is ever left to chance.

Every detail, from the location and the guest list to the placement of members of the royal family and, of course, the outfits they wear, are meticulously thought-out long in advance.

The dress Kate Middleton would wear to marry future king of England Prince William in 2011 was always going to take centre stage on the big day. Naturally, months of careful planning went into its design and creation.

Prince Harry

The gown she wore, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, struck the perfect note. It was British-made; modest and classic but modern and gloriously princess-y, fitting her civilian fairytale narrative to a tee.

It has become one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time and we can’t picture her saying “I do” in anything else. But it’s rumoured that not one but two other gowns were commissioned for the wedding.

These pieces are reported to have been made by UK designers Jasper Conran and Bruce Oldfield.

Kate Middleton

Fashion journalist Anne Chertoff said Kate wanted them as back-ups if the design of the McQueen one somehow became public ahead of the big day.

“Miss Middleton has commissioned three wedding dresses from three different designers,” she told the Telegraph newspaper shortly before the nuptials.

“(She) has two ‘back-ups’ should the designer of her chosen wedding dress be correctly leaked, in which case she’ll wear one of the others.”

Of course, the rumour has never been confirmed by the royal family so we have no idea if it’s true or not but if it is we’re praying we’ll get to see the other dresses some day.