Now that Prince William and Kate Middletons’ official royal engagement photos (taken by Mario Testino) have been revealed, everyone is starting to wonder the very important question:
What wedding dress will Kate Middleton wear?
Bridal experts are predicting that Kate Middleton will opt for a traditional royal wedding dress, but with a modern twist. Kate will likely look at past royal weddings to see what is appropriate and expected for a royal bride.
Monique Lhuillier who has famously dressed brides such as Carrie Underwood, pictures Kate Middleton in a chantilly lace bodice encrusted with an embroidered tulle overlay and pick-up ball skirt.
“I think she should embrace a grand dress,” Lhuillier tells PEOPLE. “This is the royal wedding. I really hope she stays with that tradition.”
Ralph & Russo Creative Director Tamara Ralph created a vintage chantilly lace gown with hand-embroidered beadwork, a cascading fishtail skirt and “dramatic train” for “Princess Kate.”
“The value of having your gown seen on a celebrity or high-profile political figure is immense and designers will do whatever it takes to have their gowns seen on these big names,” said wedding expert Tatiana Byron.
Have designers been sending Kate couture sketches and samples?
WE TV and Wedding Central expert Diann Valentine said designers may also invite Middleton to a private meeting at their showroom and pick up all expenses to do so, including a private plane and accommodations and for assistants.
To gain even more of an advantage, Valentine said designers could even go so far as to “defer all costs for the production of the dress and any additional dresses that may be worn for the various celebrations or offer to design all the wedding attire, including the groom, ladies in waiting, parents, children and so on.”
However, before even approaching Kate, designers are best advised to study up on British royal culture.
Will Kate go with something very traditional, or traditional with a modern twist?
Which one of these dresses do you think Kate should wear?