Catherine Middleton Wears Second Wedding Dress

The newlywed slips into another stunning Alexander McQueen creation for her nighttime reception

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The Duchess of Cambridge‘s regal Alexander McQueen wedding gown was, well, fit for a princess, but her second dress of the day – also a McQueen creation – was definitely meant for a party.

After a long day that started with hair and makeup at 6:30 a.m., wound into the hour-long ceremony and procession, featured two very public kisses and culminated with a Buckingham Palace reception for 650 hosted by the Queen, Kate found time to change before heading off to the second post-wedding bash of the day.

Following a brief rest at Prince Charles’s home, Kate slipped into another dress designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton: a white satin strapless evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante detailing around the waist. She topped the look with a simple white shrug, warming her up in the breezy 60-degree weather.

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Not to be outdone, The Duke of Cambridge pulled a quick change, too: William set aside his scarlet colonel uniform in favor of a dapper black tuxedo. Prince Charles, his wife Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate’s sister Pippa all stepped out in colorful new outfits, too.

After regrouping, William and Kate returned to Buckingham Palace, where Prince Charles is throwing the couple – and 300 guests – a festive dinner dance. After spending their first night as newlyweds in the stately palace, they’ll likely jet off on their honeymoon on Saturday.

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