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Royal dress designer Sarah Burton honoured with OBE

  • 13 December 2012
  • From the section UK
Duchess of Cambridge
Kate's dress was a closely guarded secret until the wedding in April 2011

Designer Sarah Burton, who created the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, has received an OBE for her services to the British Fashion Industry.

Ms Burton, creative director at the Alexander McQueen fashion house, was presented with the honour by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

She spent months making the gown worn by Kate, who married Prince William at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

Ms Burton said the commission came as a complete surprise, but was an "honour".

The British designer had a long history with the UK fashion house Alexander McQueen before becoming its creative director in May 2010 following the death of McQueen.

She joined the company in 1996 as intern, returning after her graduation and later working as head of womenswear before becoming McQueen's aide.

'A real honour'

Speaking after the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Ms Burton - who is pregnant with twins - said: "I'm very, very humbled and it's just a huge honour to be here - I'm very lucky.

Sarah Burton collects her OBE
Sarah Burton said she was "humbled and lucky" to receive an OBE

"I've been given some amazing opportunities - to work for someone as amazing as Lee [McQueen] and then having the honour of doing the wedding dress. That was a real honour."

Ms Burton also revealed she had been surprised to receive the job of creating the royal wedding dress, admitting: "It came completely out of the blue, it was very exciting and I felt very privileged."

Kate's gown had an intricate bridal train measuring 2m 70cm and a lace-adorned bodice.

The lace applique flowers, including a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, were hand-made using a technique which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.

Workers making the dress washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean.

The veil was held in place by a Cartier "halo" tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by the Queen.

Before the royal wedding, held in April last year, St James's Palace said the bride-to-be had selected the British label Alexander McQueen for the "beauty of its craftsmanship" and its "respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing".

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