James Middleton’s Wife Wore Her Mother-in-Law Carole Middleton’s 1980 Wedding Dress

When James Middleton and Alizée Thévenet got married last weekend, it seems the bride had no problem finding her “something borrowed” for the big day as she explained this week that she was actually wearing her mother-in-law Carole Middleton’s 1980 wedding dress.

Regarding her choice in gown for the ceremony, the newlywed told Hello!, “My something borrowed was in fact my dress from my mother in law Carole who last wore it 41 years ago on her wedding day in June, 1980.” Thévenet went on to reveal that she’d first tried on the dress during lockdown when she and Middleton were staying with his parents at their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire. “While talking about dresses with Carole and sharing ideas during lockdown for inspiration, I tried on her wedding dress and fell in love with it,” she said. “It fitted me perfectly and was exactly what I wanted. It always troubled me that wedding dresses are only worn once so it was amazing to give such a beautiful dress a second lease of life.”

Thévenet and the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother wed last weekend in an intimate ceremony held at the French vineyard Chateau Leoube in front of 50 guests, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their three children. According to a source who spoke to the Daily Mail, “Chateau Leoube makes exceptionally good wine, particularly the rosé, which is known throughout France and overseas. So it was only natural that the guests were served with Chateau Leoube wine, which they drank when they toasted James and Alizée. Many bottles of wine were drunk. Everyone had a good time.”

After their 2019 engagement, James told the Telegraph that he first met Alizée when his cocker spaniel approached her at a private club in 2018, just months after he entered treatment for depression. They had originally planned to wed in 2020 but postponed twice due to the pandemic. Both the bride and groom shared the happy news on their Instagram accounts last weekend with Middleton writing, “Words cannot describe how happy I am.”

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