According to yesterday's press release from Buckingham Palace, the bride will arrive at Westminster Abbey at exactly 11:00 GMT, 6:00 a.m EST, 3:00 a.m. PST. The moment Katherine steps out of the Rolls Royce a sketch of the wedding dress will be released, and the designer named. Not a moment sooner. As a "royal correspondent" noted on CNN yesterday, this is perhaps the only secret Ms. Middleton has left. To that I say bravo! All of us, even those half awake at 3:00 am in California, will be glued to our seats.
There has been endless speculation regarding who is making the wedding dress. The odds on favorite at the moment seems to be Sarah Burton. Protegee of Alexander McQueen for years, she stepped into his role as chief designer following his death last year. As you may know the British bet on everything from horses to Posh Spice's baby's name. According to British bookmaker William Hill, odds for Sarah Burton are currently at 6-1.
After recently seeing photographs of the ready-to-wear collection Sarah Burton presented earlier this season in Paris, and the stunning images of a wedding dress she designed for Plum Sykes, (see link below from the Daily Mail), I have my fingers and toes crossed that it is Burton, who is at this moment working with her team on the dress. Her entire collection, a mixture of Elizabethan collars, intricate bead work, leather strapping, and modern flourishes achieved in feathers and ruffles is stunning. I cannot imagine what she would create with for the future Queen of England.
All pictures from the Daily Mail. To see more of the Alexander Mc Queen collection: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1364508/Kate-Middletons-Royal-wedding-dress-Sarah-Burton-unveils-collection-Alexander-McQueen.html#ixzz1Iz5tQOng