The meaning behind the Princess of Wales’ Alexander McQueen coronation gown

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The Princess of Wales looked regal as she arrived at Westminster Abbey on Saturday morning for the Coronation of King Charles III.

Kate wore a spectacular ivory silk gown by Alexander McQueen embroidered with a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock - the floral symbols of the United Kingdom. The same symbols were also featured on her wedding dress in 2011, which was created by the same designer.

In a break with royal tradition, the Princess wore a headpiece instead of a tiara which was designed by milliner Jess Collett (who was supported by The Prince's Trust when she began her career) in collaboration with Alexander McQueen. Kate’s headpiece is made with silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work three-dimensional leaf embroidery.

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The jewellery is a nod to the flower crowns worn by Queen Elizabeth’s maids of honour at her 1953 coronation. While Queen Victoria also chose to wear a simple orange blossom wreath instead of tiara, upon her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840.

In another touching tribute, the Princess of Wales wore a set of pearl and diamond earrings, which belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

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Even more special, the Princess’ daughter Charlotte wore a matching ivory silk crepe dress, another bespoke creation by Alexander McQueen, paired with a stunning silver floral headpiece.

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In a particularly lovely moment, the eight-year-old was seen standing with her mother and father — the Prince and Princess of Wales — and her brother, Prince Louis. Both the Princess and Prince were seen sweetly holding hands, making for the most heartwarming display.

The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camila takes place today, Saturday 6 May. The King and Queen will be coronated in a two hour ceremony at Westminster Abbey — which begins at 11am and is expected to last until 1pm.

After this, The Royal Family will proceed back to Buckingham Palace and appear on the Buckingham Palace Balcony for a celebratory flyover.

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