I wasn't going to watch the Royal Wedding, but, well you know the rest. The TV coverage here and in NZ has been at saturation point. One friend who has just returned from the UK said that there was nothing like it in the UK. All the British decorations sold out and there were street parties, high teas and I think just about everyone was glued to the TV, including me.
That dress. All that beautiful lace applique. How did those embroiderers at the Royal School of Needlework keep the secret?
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In an article I read by Janet Wickell she says;
"Royal School of Needlework members who worked on the dress included current and former staff, tutors, graduates and students (the youngest was 19 years old). They pinned the shapes in place and then appliqued them to the fabric with hand stitches taken every 2 or 3 millimeters. Workers washed their hands every 30 minutes in order to keep the materials absolutely clean, and needles were changed every three hours to prevent snags from a dulled point.
Miss Middleton's veil is made from ivory silk tulle trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers, another task completed by the Royal School of Needlework."
The wedding service itself was beautiful. The music, the homily the lot and those trees in the Abby somehow seemed just right.