Wedding Mysteries

What were Kate’s “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?”

A blue ribbon was sewn into her dress, whose traditional Carrickmacross lace and Arts and Crafts influence count as something old. Her earrings, a gift from her parents, were new, and her 1936 “halo” tiara (above, worn by Princess Anne in 1970)-was a loaner from the Queen.

Did Kate do a proper royal wave?

Not exactly, according to Judi James, author of The Body Language Bible. In the wrist-waggle perfected by the Queen, “her hand would be more upright and use less movement. But Kate’s windscreen-wiper wave is unpretentious and friendly.”

Where was Kate’s engagement ring during the ceremony?

Like many other brides, she kept it on her right hand. After the ceremony, she had moved it back to her left ring finger with her wedding band.

Why did Pippa wear white?

“In England, it’s very traditional,” says Stewart Parvin, Queen Elizabeth’s couturier. “As far back as the 15th century, bridal parties typically wore white,” adds historian Jane Peters Estes. “It was a symbol of innocence.”

Is Kate officially a princess?

Not officially. Her formal title is now Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, reflecting William’s new title of the Duke of Cambridge. (If Charles takes the throne, William and Kate would likely become Prince and Princess of Wales.) But informally, says William Bortrick of Burke’s Peerage, “I imagine people will refer to them as Prince William and Princess Catherine.”

Nuptials by the Numbers

The crowds! The fighter planes! The sniffer dogs! Adding up a flawless day

7 planes in the ceremonial flyby

1,000,000 (approx.) spectators crowded the streets of London to witness the spectacle

1,900 invites to the wedding

5 horse-drawn procession carriages

2,000,000,000 (approx.) people watched on live television around the world

$65,000,000(approx.) total wedding expenses including security costs

5,000 police officers deployed

35 sniffer dogs on duty

4 of William’s former girlfriends invited

2 of Kate’s former boyfriends invited

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