Prince Harry will play Best Man, while Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton has been confirmed as Maid of Honour. The couple will have four young bridesmaids – seven-year-old Lady Louise Windsor, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight, Eliza Lopez, three and Prince William’s god-daughter Grace van Cutsem, also three. They will also have two page boys – ten-year-old William Lowther Pinkerton, son of Prince William’s private secretary, and his godson Tom Pettifer, aged eight.
The young Bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by childrenswear designer Nicki MacFarlane to echo the Bride’s dress. The four dresses were hand-made by Ms MacFarlane and her daughter Charlotte MacFarlane at their homes in Wiltshire and Kent.
The Bridesmaids’ dresses have been created using the same fabrics (gazar and satin organza) as the Bride’s dress and feature the same lace and button details. The dresses have been created using an ivory silk satin gazar (a rich, sheer and stiffer version of organza), which has been layered over both wild silk and organza to give the dresses a sculptural quality and an incredible depth of colour. The ballerina-length, full, box pleated skirts are then hand finished with delicate English lace which is just visible under the skirts and the four layers of net underskirt. In total, each dress is made up of seven layers of fabric. The puff sleeves narrow to a box pleat and are edged in fine piping, English lace and finished with three tiny gazar and organza covered buttons. The necklines are piped and also edged in narrow English lace.
The backs are finished with between 18 and 24 tiny covered buttons, placed edge to edge from the back of the neck down to the waist. The sashes are made of pale gold, Indian wild silk, which is tucked at the front and tied at the back in a sumptuous bow.
As a special memento, the Bridesmaid’s name and the date of the wedding have been hand-embroidered onto the lining of each dress.
The Bridesmaids’ shoes were designed and made by Devon-based Rainbow Club. Devon-based Rainbow Club have been designing, making and colouring handmade wedding shoes since the mid-1980s. Children’s bridesmaid shoes start at £30.
The classic Mary Jane style shoes are made from satin and finished with a Swarovski crystal buckle.
The waist-length capes (pictured above by the first two bridemaids & pictured below) also created by Nicki MacFarlane, are made from ivory Yorkshire wool, edged in fine English lace and tied at the front in the same satin gazar as the dresses.
The Bridesmaids’ flowers were designed and made by Shane Connolly. The ivy and lily-of-the-valley hair wreaths worn by the younger Bridesmaids were influenced by the Bride’s mother’s own headdress at her wedding in 1981.The bouquets held by the Bridesmaids replicate the flowers used in the Bride’s bouquet, and they incorporate lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. Shane Connolly also designed the floral displays in Westminister Abbey and the bridal bouquet.