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Tuesday 2 September 2014

In Pictures: Royal wedding Maid-of-honour Pippa Middleton wears 'sumptuous' bow

Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pippa Middleton makes the journey by carriage after the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Jasper Juinen-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Maid of honour Pippa Middleton wore, like the bride, a Sarah Burton creation made of a heavy, ivory satin-based crepe, with a cowl front.

It has the same button detail and lace trims as her sister's stunning bridal gown.

The dresses for bridesmaids - Lady Louise Windsor, Margarita Armstrong-Jones and little three year-olds Grace van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes - were hand-made by Macfarlane and her daughter Charlotte Macfarlane at their homes in Wiltshire and Kent.

The younger bridesmaids wore ivy and lily-of-the-valley hair wreaths, which were inspired by the headdress worn by Kate's mother Carole Middleton at her wedding in 1981.

As a special memento, each of the bridesmaids' have had their name and the date of the wedding hand-embroidered onto the lining of each dress.

Echoing Kate's dress, they were made using the same fabrics.

The ballerina-length, full, box pleated skirt was used to add "a sculptural quality", with the layering of ivory over white satin gazar adding depth of colour.

They were hand-finished with delicate English Cluny lace, which is visible under the skirts, and four layers of net underskirt.

The puff sleeves and neckline are trimmed with the same English lace as the Bride's underskirt.

The backs have been finished with the same button detail.

The sashes were made of pale gold wild silk, which is tucked at the front and tied at the back in a sumptuous bow, St James's Palace said.

They wore classic Mary Jane style satin shoes with a Swarovski crystal buckle.

These were made by Devon-based Rainbow Club, which has been designing, making and colouring handmade wedding shoes since the mid-1980s.

The bridesmaids' bouquets by Shane Connolly used flowers from the bride's bouquet, including lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth.

Capes were made to be used if the weather was poor.

The waist-length capes, also by Nicki Macfarlane, were made from ivory Yorkshire wool, edged in fine English lace and tied at the front in the same satin gazar as the dresses.

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