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Kate Middleton’s Iconic Engagement Dress Is Now Totally Affordable

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Aug 182016
 
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Before the wedding gown comes another just-as-special outfit for many brides-to-be, and that's the engagement party dress. If you're celebrating that too-perfect engagement ring on your finger with a pre-wedding, popped question bash you're going to need a fabulous little frock just as special as your new sparkler. It sets the stage for all the bridal ensembles to come as your begin your wedding journey after all, so who better to look to for some serious fashion inspiration than one of the most iconic brides of recent years — Kate Middleton.

Remember the midnight blue, wrap-style dress the Duchess of Cambridge donned to announce her engagement to Prince William? Well if you've been lusting after that famous dress and dreaming of wearing it for your own engagement event, you're in luck! The designer just released an almost-identical version of the iconic dress. Best of all? It's totally within budget — promise!

In 2010, before Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, the brunette beauty appeared in her first-ever televised interview to chat about her new relationship status. With her soon-to-be husband by her side, the Duchess sparkled on-screen almost as much as her heirloom engagement ring. And that's in part thanks to her Issa dress that matched her new sapphire stone to a tee.

The silk-jersey frock featured a V-neckline, long sleeves, and a wrap waist detail that was ultra-flattering. If you need anymore convincing that you NEED this darling dress hanging in your closet, the totally affordable price tag might just do the trick. You can now snag a copy-cat version of the dress for only $175 — a total bargain compared to the original's $535 price tag.

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According to People, Daniella Helayel — the founder behind the Issa brand — has just released a capsule collection with the U.K. label Monsoon. And we couldn't help but recognize a certain special frock amongst all the pretty pieces. The collection's "Gisele" dress (see above) bares a striking resemblance to Middleton's engagement dress — navy hue, accentuated waist, and all.

Picturing yourself toasting your new almost-Mrs. status wearing the beautiful blue dress? Buy it here before it's gone! We're sure Kate won't mind you stealing her style...

See More: Our New Royal Wedding Obsession? Lady Charlotte Wellesley's Stunning Spanish Wedding

Pippa Middleton is Engaged! And We LOVE Her Unique Engagement Ring

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Jul 192016
 
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Break out the royal china, Pippa Middleton is engaged! Looks like we have another Middleton bride to look forward to, Pippa Middleton, the world's most famous bridesmaid, is reportedly engaged to longtime boyfriend James Matthews. And, natch, her engagement ring is totally gorgeous.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's sister is engaged to financier James Matthews, according to Richard Kay for the DailyMail. The hedge fund manager got down on one knee over the weekend on the peaks of the Lake District and asked the world's most famous bridesmaid to be his wife. Naturally Middleton said, "yes" to the romantic proposal.

According to Kay's reports, Matthews went traditional and even got permission from his future father-in-law before proposing with a stunning diamond engagement ring. The couple is reportedly already planning a splashy 2017 wedding. See photos of the unique, vintage-looking sparkler, which appears to be framed by a hexagonal- or octagonal-shaped halo, below.

The Middleton family has tons to celebrate, as this news comes on the heels of engagement rumors for Kate Middelton's brother, James Middleton, might soon be tying the knot to girlfriend of 3 years, English model Donna Air.

The U.K. magazine Fabulous recently sat down with Donna Air, where the subject of marriage came up because duh of course it did. And from the sound of it, there definitely could be wedding bells in the near future for the Middleton family. "I feel like I've already had a marriage of sorts. But would I like to have an official one? Yeah. Hell, why not!" the blonde beauty declared. "I always say you have to try everything once," Air continued. "Marriage is important and it's a nice foundation if you have children."

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Pippa Middleton's engagement of course begs some very important questions. Will Pippa wear another sleek Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation down the aisle? Will Kate be the bridesmaid this time? And do you think Prince George and Princess Charlotte will serve as ring bearer and flower girl? We can only hope the answer to all of these is yes!

Pippa Middleton is Engaged! And We LOVE Her Unique Engagement Ring

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Jul 192016
 
pippa middleton engagement ring

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Break out the royal china, Pippa Middleton is engaged! Looks like we have another Middleton bride to look forward to, Pippa Middleton, the world's most famous bridesmaid, is reportedly engaged to longtime boyfriend James Matthews. And, natch, her engagement ring is totally gorgeous.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's sister is engaged to financier James Matthews, according to Richard Kay for the DailyMail. The hedge fund manager got down on one knee over the weekend on the peaks of the Lake District and asked the world's most famous bridesmaid to be his wife. Naturally Middleton said, "yes" to the romantic proposal.

According to Kay's reports, Matthews went traditional and even got permission from his future father-in-law before proposing with a stunning diamond engagement ring. The couple is reportedly already planning a splashy 2017 wedding. See photos of the unique, vintage-looking sparkler, which appears to be framed by a hexagonal- or octagonal-shaped halo, below.

The Middleton family has tons to celebrate, as this news comes on the heels of engagement rumors for Kate Middelton's brother, James Middleton, might soon be tying the knot to girlfriend of 3 years, English model Donna Air.

The U.K. magazine Fabulous recently sat down with Donna Air, where the subject of marriage came up because duh of course it did. And from the sound of it, there definitely could be wedding bells in the near future for the Middleton family. "I feel like I've already had a marriage of sorts. But would I like to have an official one? Yeah. Hell, why not!" the blonde beauty declared. "I always say you have to try everything once," Air continued. "Marriage is important and it's a nice foundation if you have children."

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Photo: Giphy

Pippa Middleton's engagement of course begs some very important questions. Will Pippa wear another sleek Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation down the aisle? Will Kate be the bridesmaid this time? And do you think Prince George and Princess Charlotte will serve as ring bearer and flower girl? We can only hope the answer to all of these is yes!

Kate Middleton Just Revealed Something Slightly Shocking About Her Marriage

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Jun 232016
 
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There's little to no doubt about the level of Kate Middleton's flawlessness. Ever since the now-Duchess of Cambridge stole the heart of our teenage heartthrob, Prince William, took the bridal world by storm with her epic wedding dress, and then subsequently had two as-close-to-perfect-as-possible children, we've just come to accept the fact that Kate Middleton can do no wrong. But, well, we were wrong about that.

At a charity gala this week for East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the mother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte revealed to a group that she, um, kind of sucks at cooking — oh, and we should mention that the group she was talking to included Michelin-starred chefs, according to Vogue. "William has to put up with my cooking most of the time," she reportedly said. Her husband confirmed: "It's the reason I'm so skinny," Prince William added, jokingly. Turns out, Kate ain't no Betty Crocker.

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In the Duchess' defense, the Prince may be no more culinary-inclined: during their recent Indian tour, she refused to even taste the dosa he'd prepared, according to People.

Regardless of their ineptitude in the kitchen, Prince William and his beloved still do their own cooking, apparently — as recently as 2015, reports speculated that the royal couple did not employ a chef — in order to preserve their privacy.

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Despite this new evidence to the contrary, we still think the Duchess of Cambridge is pretty much as close to perfect as possible. Just last week she re-wore something from her wedding day — no, not the Alexander McQueen wedding dress that launched a thousand long-sleeve lace wedding gowns, but her bespoke Robinson Pelham bridal earrings — and created an Internet sensation in doing so. Besides, who cares if the Duchess of Cambridge can't fry an egg? We think this new little tidbit of insider info just adds to her charm.

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Kate Middleton Just Re-Wore Something from Her Wedding Day — And Totally Rocked It

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Jun 142016
 
Kate Middleton Re-Wears Wedding Earrings

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You remember the Royal Wedding, don't you? The cheering crowds, the carriage ride through the crowded streets, the fairytale princess marrying her prince... Over five years later and our minds still constantly float back to the day when Kate Middleton stepped out of a vintage Rolls Royce at Westminster Abbey in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress to marry Prince William and become the Duchess of Cambridge. Go ahead, call us obsessed — we don't care. But we're not the only ones with the Royal Wedding on our minds. The former bride herself just stylishly served up a major throwback to her princess-perfect nuptials, re-wearing one of her bridal accessories from the big day.

That's the problem with bridal style, isn't it? Dropping so much cold hard cash on an epic ensemble you can only wear once. But who ever made that rule anyway? If you want to rock your wedding dress at the grocery store, more power to ya! While the Duchess of Cambridge didn't exactly pull her Alexander McQueen wedding dress from the back of her closet for her recent appearance at Windsor Castle (just imagine dragging that train around...), she did pair her bold, red Catherine Walker coat with a precious piece of her wedding day — her bridal earrings!

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Oh you know, just super casually recycling your diamond wedding day baubles on a normal Monday... We all know the Duchess is not afraid of repeating ensembles, as she has expertly re-accessorized and stylishly re-worn countless outfits, not giving a single damn like the royalty that she is. But recycling your wedding wear is a whole other ball game! According to Vanity Fair, the Duchess slipped on her bespoke Robinson Pelham earrings for the annual Garter Day Service at Windsor Castle, sparkling in their dangling diamond tear-drop design.

So what's stopping you from recycling your wedding day accessories? If Kate's doing it, it's gotta be cool, right? Or why not re-wear your wedding dress while you're at it? (Hey, we don't judge...)

See More: 5 Ways Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Is Still Influencing the Bridal Runways

Pippa Middleton’s Iconic Royal Wedding Bridesmaid Dress’ Look-Alike Is On Sale

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May 312016
 
Pippa Middleton Bridesmaid Dress

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Her big sis may be the one with the royal title, but when it comes to bridesmaid style, Pippa Middleton is the one who takes the crown. It's been five years since Pippa popped out of that limo outside of Westminster Abbey and shot to international fame. Sure, she wasn't the star of the show and spent the day holding and fluffing the bride-to-be's long luxe train, but didn't Middleton look just fabulous while doing so? Her Alexander McQueen white sheath (and royal good looks!) might have to do something with that. But if you've been lusting after that famous frock — good news! It's now 40 percent off! (And of course still super expensive...)

Middleton's bridesmaid dress is now almost as famous as her older sister's, The Duchess of Cambridge, extravagant lace wedding dress. The clean and crisp frock featured a relaxed, curve-hugging silhouette, a chic row of buttons down its back, dainty floral detailing around the sleeves, and a memorable cowl neckline — all in a creamy white hue. In fact, the frock started a trend, with tons of brides opting to dress their 'maids in the snow white hue normally reserved for their own dresses. "It was completely unexpected," Middleton previously told Today of the world's reaction to the luxe look. "You know, I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress. Really just to sort of blend in with the train. I suppose [the reaction was] flattering... It's actually still in my wardrobe at home." Well now you can swipe that iconic dress right out of Middleton's closet — well, a lookalike piece, at least.

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Although Middleton's bridesmaid dress was a custom creation (the lucky girl...), Alexander McQueen offers an almost-identical gown that has been marked down by 40 percent on the fashion retailer site Forward by Elyse Walker, according to Us Weekly, meaning this stunning sheath is now a total steal!

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Photo: Courtesy of Forward by Elyse Walker

But before you start forwarding all of your 'maids the link and demanding that they dig out their credit cards ASAP, keep in mind that 40 percent off $2,565 (the dress' original price) is still $1,539 — a pretty hefty price tag for most bridal parties to take on.

Perhaps you're better off setting a more realistic budget for your bridesmaids' wonderful white dresses. Your girls will probably thank you. (Unless of course you're marrying a real-life Prince Charming — then by all means, shop on!)

See More: 21 of the Royal Couple's Cutest Moments

Prince William Reveals What It’s ‘Really’ Like to Live in His Royal Household

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May 172016
 
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If you were to imagine what living the life of a British royal was like, what would you think of? For us, we imagine the royals spend a lot of time sipping hot tea and playing endless rounds of cricket. Oh, and don't forget the crumpets. But after Prince William visited the Royal Marsden Hospital in London for his opening of a new breast cancer research center, he revealed a side of royal life we didn't deem possible — total normalcy!

Prince William met with women who were benefitting from the research done at the center, including a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2015 named Kathryn England, with whom he just so happened to divulge all of his juicy, family secrets. Ok, it's not that juicy, but it does paint the royal family in a more relatable light. "He said his household is very noisy at the moment," England told People. "He said he was looking at schools. I suppose for George he would be."

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School for George-y already?! It seems like just yesterday that Kate Middleton emerged from the hospital (looking like a flawless angel, obvi) holding the chubby-cheeked prince in her arms. But alas, the almost 3-year-old kiddo is growing up right before our eyes — and only the BEST school will do! His doting parents are already on the lookout a perf pre-prepatory school, even though he won't be attending until September 2017 after he turns four.

According to People, "many royal watchers assume that George will follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle Prince Harry, both of whom attended Wetherby Pre-Prepatory School in London." But the couple may break with tradition and choose instead to send their son to a school closer to their home in Norfolk.

Wherever our favorite royal couple chooses to send little George, we fully support their decision. TBH, we're just hoping to see more pics of the adorable prince with a backpack on and curly blonde hair in his face. Or, you know, a plushy robe? #NeverForget

See more: Prince William Gushes Even More About Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Kate

Prince George meets The President and First Lady of the United States.

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So THIS Is Why Prince Harry Isn’t Looking for His Wife Just Yet

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May 112016
 
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While Prince William may have stolen out hearts as our own modern day Prince Charming in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we gracefully backed off when Kate Middleton came to the scene and the pair went on to have the most magical royal wedding ever and then created the most adorable royal family ever. So now, Princess Diana's younger son, Prince Harry, has moved into the spotlight and claimed our affections with that tousled mane of red hair and too-cute-for-words smile. Every time Prince Harry's name pops up in the headlines we're both genuinely so in love as well as incredibly concerned that he will have found his own princess (and it won't be us). But, according to the red-headed prince himself, this isn't happening any time soon. Gasp!

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Harry, 31, revealed to the U.K.'s Sunday Times that he has "massive paranoia that sits inside" of him when it comes to finding a significant other. Do tell, Harry! "If or when I do find a girlfriend, I will do my utmost...to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we're actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy," he said. "The other concern is that even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door."

While Harry isn't currently actively looking for a relationship, he told the publication he wouldn't be opposed to one if the circumstances were right. "I'm not putting work before the idea of a family, marriage and all that kind of stuff," he said. "To be fair, I haven't had that many opportunities to get out there and meet people. At the moment, my focus is very much on work. But if someone slips into my life then that's absolutely fantastic."

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Our favorite royal ginger has several high-profile romances in his past, most famously with longtime girlfriend Chelsy Davy, whom he dated on-and-off for seven years between 2004 and 2011, and his most recent ex, Cressida Bonas, whom he dated for two years before splitting in April 2014, Us Weekly reports.

In September, the Prince and Davy sparked rumors of a rekindled romance when the 30-year-old corporate lawyer flew nearly 9,000 miles from South Africa to be with Harry on his 31st birthday. "They decided they would like to give their relationship another chance," a source close to Harry told Us Weekly at the time. "They still have strong feelings for each other."

But despite this new news from the Prince, we can't forget that just last March, the royal uncle revealed that he is, in fact, thinking about getting married and having children of his own. "I would love to have kids right now," he told Sky News, to the delight of women around the world. "There come times when you think now is the time to settle down, or now is not, whatever way it is, but I don't think you can force these things it will happen when it's going to happen."

In the meantime, we can still hope that Prince Harry will find his forever love stateside... maybe even in the BRIDES offices, perhaps?! Hey, a girl can dream.

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Kate Middleton Just Released Four New, Too-Cute Photos of Princess Charlotte

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May 012016
 
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We may have just celebrated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's fifth anniversary with a series of uber-romantic Royal Wedding throwbacks, but we could never get sick of the royal family — especially its youngest member, Princess Charlotte. So we really couldn't have felt any luckier when we heard the news that Kensington Palace just released four never-before-seen photos of the little princess, just in time for her very first birthday. It may be the Princesses' big day, but we're considering this a special gift of our very own!

It's hard to believe that tomorrow, May 2, will mark a year since Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their daughter, Princess Charlotte into the world, resulting in a total media frenzy. Dubbed Charlotte Diana Elizabeth and formally known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the little one's name pays homage to both her paternal grandmother, the late Princess Diana, and great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. She may be a little princess, but she's the queen of cuteness in our eyes! Don't believe us? Then check out these brand new snapshots and just try not to coo over those chubby cheeks!

Taken by her doting mom, the Duchess of Cambridge herself, these four new photographs of Princess Charlotte are just too darn sweet. "The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do," Kensington Palace said in a statement. Snapped at the royal family's Norfolk residence, Anmer Hall, the photos show the always-fashionable tiny tot playing in too-cute pink and blue outfits by Amaia, according to People, a children's clothing line (soon to be sold-out in 3... 2... 1...). But our favorite has to be the one in which Princess Charlotte is seen walking for the first time, with the aid of an adorable cart of blocks.

See More: Find Out What Pippa Middleton Bought Niece Princess Charlotte!

According to a palace source, Princess Charlotte's birthday will spent at home tomorrow with a quiet family celebration. What that means exactly, we're not sure. But we've all seen the Royal Wedding, so we can only imagine what a royal first birthday party would entail!

Apr 292016
 
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You're not just seeing things: When it comes to wedding dresses, the Kate Middleton effect is still very much present. The now-iconic Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown that Middleton wore to marry Prince William on April 29, 2011 (their anniversary is right around the corner!) immediately sent shockwaves throughout the bridal industry. At the time, Dan Rentillo, fashion director for David's Bridal, told Brides that dresses in similar styles began rocketing off the racks. "Women have really responded to the coverage," he said. "They're asking for ladylike gowns with clean, simple lines."

Nearly three years later, the main style elements that Kate's wedding dress embodied—that is, dramatic trains, deep V-necks, long sleeves, and lace detailing—were among our favorite details during Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Week. What gowns best exemplified Kate Middleton's delightfully ubiquitous hold on bridal fashion? Read on to find out!

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Long, dramatic trains: Before Kate stepped out of the vintage car on her wedding day, trains were going out of style. Thought of as unwieldy and old-fashioned, many brides were opting for low-maintenance wedding dresses with short (or no) trains. Though Kate required several bridesmaids (and one Pippa) to wrangle her train, it made the case for bringing back the former wedding dress staple. Her gorgeous, cathedral-length train made a stunning statement as she walked down the Westminster Abbey aisle, giving guests a special stylish treat. This Lazarro wedding dress, from the designer's most recent collection, made a huge splash with its full train. Though it's not as long as Kate's, it has as much of an impact.

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Deep V-necks: One wouldn't expect a future princess to wear a wedding dress with a plunging neckline, but somehow, Kate made it work. Like this gorgeous Lela Rose dress that we just spotted at the designer's latest fashion show, Kate's gown used lace to make the neckline feel ladylike. Kate absolutely popularized this style of neckline, and Lela Rose's dress proves that it's still an irresistible look.

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Long Sleeves: Thanks to Kate, long-sleeved wedding dresses have overthrown strapless gowns as the most popular style. And for good reason! They're conducive to beading and embellishment, offer warmth for cold-weather weddings, and are perfect for more conservative or religious brides. Kate, for example, needed a more covered-up look to become the Duchess of Cambridge. The gorgeous lace sleeves on her wedding dress were tasteful without being too stuffy. This Oscar de la Renta gown, fresh off the runways, is a sleek update on Kate's wedding-day style. It shows how long sleeves can balance a modern silhouette, a concept that would surely get Kate's approval.

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Lace Detailing: One of our favorite aspects of Kate's wedding look is how it incorporated ladylike lace throughout. It was on her veil, sleeves, bodice, and hem — so delicate yet regal. Reem Acra, a veritable queen of royally romantic wedding dresses, used lace in nearly all of her Spring 2017 wedding dresses. This gown caught our eye because the lacy detailing reminded us of Kate's wedding dress. It's meticulously embellished, and yet the overall effect is still one of subtle sophistication.

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