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Maid of honor Pippa Middleton wore an ivory sheath dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
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There was tradition and modernity, sober styles and touches of whimsy: the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton showcased Britain's fashion roots, as well as the claim it's staking at the forefront of haute couture.

All eyes, of course, were on the bride's dress — and it immediately became the stuff that dreams are made of.

The gown, whose details were kept secret until Middleton stepped out of the Goring Hotel to travel to Westminster Abbey, was a magnificent ivory confection with lace floral detail designed by Britain's Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen.

A plunging neckline added an edgy touch to an otherwise traditional dress with lace-covered sleeves that ended at the wrists. Her hair was half up, half down, lightly curled and decorated with a tiara. She wore drop earrings.

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Soccer star David Beckham arrives with his wife Victoria Beckham, who wore a dress of her own design.

Maid of honor Pippa Middleton wore a simple column dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen also with a deep neckline, and naturally styled hair. The flower girls also were decked out in cream dresses with full skirts and flowers in their hair.

Queen Elizabeth II looked stately yet cheerful in a primrose Angela Kelly dress and matching hat.

Carole Middleton, the bride's mother, wore a sky blue wool crepe coatdress with matching satin piping over a sky blue silk shantung day dress. Both were designed by the Catherine Walker label. Middleton's hat was created by British designer Jane Corbett.

Video: Hat tricks! Regal headwear at the wedding (on this page)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez Duantez — a Spanish attorney — sent tongues wagging with a body-hugging dress draped with lace and a red hat but most guests were more conservative, wearing simple suits and knee length dresses in pastels and blues.

On their heads however, they wore a riot of color, sculpture and design.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at Westminster Abbey.
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Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Westminster Abbey. Camilla wore a dress designed by Anna Valentine.

Irish designer Philip Treacy made most of the hats for royals attending the wedding — 36 in all that included creations for Prince Charles' wife, the duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Michael of Kent, Queen Anna-Marie of Greece and Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

He also designed a hat for Hollywood royalty: Victoria Beckham wore a midnight blue Treacy hat. And dozens of less famous guests wore his creations — many resembling architectural works meant to elongate and frame the face.

Princess Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, was wearing an ensemble of Valentino couture and gloves by Cornelia James with Treacy hats that rose like a modernist building from her hair.

Her sister, Princess Eugenie, was wearing an outfit by Vivienne Westwood with an equally dramatic hat.

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Some guests' hats looked like dinner plates. Others were so large they covered faces. One woman wore a bright red fascinator — a hairpiece attached to a clip or a comb — that resembled a flame licking her cheek.

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Prime Minister David Cameron's wife, Samantha, broke with tradition: she wore a sparkly hair clip instead of a hat, and a tight turquoise dress.

Zara Phillips, the queen's granddaughter, was wearing Paul Costelloe. The couple's friend, Tara Palmer Tomkinson was wearing Deborah Milner.

The wedding presents a golden opportunity for designers. Many replica hats and dresses are expected to be in shops this week.

Victoria Beckham wore a dress of her own design: the dark tones of the smock-like maternity gown had a slightly funereal look. Her husband David wore a top hat with tails and the medal signifying that he is an officer of the order of the British empire.

The duchess of Cornwall wore a champagne silk dress and a duck egg blue and champagne coat by Anna Valentine, along with a Philip Treacy hat and Jimmy Choo shoes. Anna Valentine designed Camilla's dress for her 2005 wedding to Prince Charles.

A handful of Italian designers are making appearances. Prince Harry's on again off again girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, chose two custom-made Alberta Ferretti looks — an aqua green satin dress for the abbey and an asymmetric, midnight blue satin gown for the evening.

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    Bride Kate Middleton, in a dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, leaves Clarence House with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William. (John Stillwell / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Prince William leaves Clarence House with his father Prince Charles, Prince of Wales to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following his wedding. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrive at Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. (Andrew Winning / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York arrive to attend the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Kate Middleton and her father Michael arrive at Westminster Abbey, followed by Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton, bridesmaids and page boys for Kate's marriage to Prince William. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. The daughters of Earl Spencer sit in the pews at Westminster Abbey. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives at the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Spain's Prince Felipe is flanked by Princess Letizia and Spain's Queen Sofia outside of Westminster Abbey. (Martin Meissner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Prince Harry's sometime girlfriend Chelsy Davy (center), in turquoise Alberta Ferretti, arrives at the royal wedding. (Jasper Juinen / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Britain's Labour leader Ed Miliband and fiancee Justine Thornton leave after the wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey on April 29. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez leave Westminster Abbey after the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco leave after the wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Lord Frederick and his wife, Sophie Winkleman, leave after the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall arrive at Westminster Abbey before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel, the Duke of Vastergotland, arrive at Westminster Abbey before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall arrive at Westminster Abbey before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Elton John and David Furnish arrive at the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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