By MAYSA RAWI
Just married! HRH Princess Catherine emerges from Westminster Abbey, wearing an Alexander McQueen dress, holding hands with her new husband Prince William
Since the engagement was announced, the world has been waiting with bated breath for the moment Catherine Elizabeth Middleton would transform from commoner to royal bride.
And the smiling Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of poise as she walked down the aisle wearing a stunning ivory and satin Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton - finally confirming the most well-kept secret in fashion history.
The 9ft train flowed from a skirt echoing an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats
The bride was heavily involved in designing the dress - working closely with Burton to ensure it would be a combination of both the traditional and the modern, yet in keeping with the Alexander Lee McQueen vision and attention to detail.
Kate has always divided critics with her elegant and simple wardrobe choices - though some accuse her of failing to be fashion-forward.
However, her classic gown is testament to her personality, remaining true to her demure sense of style.
The dress was made with Individual flowers hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle, with button detailing on the lace sleeves
The bride was heavily involved in the design and worked closely with Burton to ensure the design would be a combination of both tradition and modern
The veil was made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework
Designing woman: Sarah Burton puts the last-minute touches to ensure the dress looks perfect
Cat's out of the bag: Sarah gave the game away when she was pictured outside the Goring hotel yesterday wearing a fur hood and her trademark silver belt