Flora Vesterberg: Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter weds husband in gown inspired by Kate

On Friday, September 10, newlyweds Flora and Timothy Vesterberg marked their wedding on a larger scale at St James’ Church and Palace, London. Due to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, the couple were able to recreate and celebrate their union with more guests. Among the attendees were members of the Royal Family including Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress also featured sheer sleeves with embroidered white flowers, as well as a v-neckline and a sheer veil.

Created by iconic fashion designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Kate’s dress was inspired by the late Princess of Monaco’s wedding gown in 1956.

Grace Kelly wore a long-sleeved dress covered in thick lace when she wed Prince Rainier.

Although Grace’s religious ceremony was decades ago, the late Princess’ style continues to inspire the young royals of today.

This is unsurprising as the former actor was “the queen of sophisticated minimalism, iconic for her streamlined silhouettes that were utterly classic but executed so perfectly they could never be called boring”, according to fashion stylist Miranda Holder.

Miranda added: “Grace Kelly is the perfect style muse for the British royals as she epitomises refined glamour, and understated elegance which sets the perfect tone for their royal duties.”

But Kate and Flora were not the only women influenced by Grace’s stunning wedding dress.

Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of Princess Diana, also wore a long-sleeved lace dress in the style of Princess Grace’s garment when she married billionaire Michael Lewis in Rome earlier this year, in July.

Kitty wore a long veil embroidered with white flowers for her special day, but unlike Kate and Flora, she did not hold it in place with a tiara.

Flora’s tiara used to belong to her grandmother, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and featured a series of pearl and diamond hair ornaments that the Queen’s cousin wore before her marriage to Angus Ogilvy in 1963.

The ornaments were integrated into the design of a silver tiara, which also includes diamonds ribbons trailing around and between the diamond flowers.

Alexandra has worn the tiara on multiple occasions throughout her life, and Flora’s choice to wear it for her wedding gave a sweet nod to her grandmother and their relationship.

Flora complemented the tiara with a pair of pearl and diamond teardrop-shaped earrings, displayed clearly as the royal’s dark blonde hair was pulled back in a half-up, half-down style.

For her wedding in 2011, Kate matched her stunning gown with the Queen’s Cartier Halo tiara.

Made up of 739-brilliant cut diamonds and 149 diamonds, the valuable piece was lent to the Duchess of Cambridge by Her Majesty.