Traditions are very important to the Royals! Twelve years ago, Prince William (40) gave his longtime girlfriend, then Kate Middleton (41), in London’s Westminster Abbey. The pictures went around the world and the designer’s custom-made wedding dress Sarah Burton had already given rise to some speculation in advance. When designing the unique piece, today’s princess was apparently inspired by an old wedding tradition!

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue: apparently Princess took it Kate this traditional rule of thumb to heart on their big day. As seen in the Channel 5 documentation “Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers” learned, the old was represented on the white fabric that day by a cutting-edge technique from the 1800s. Kate’s Parents Michael, 73, and Carole, 68, contributed by gifting their eldest daughter custom-made earrings inspired by the Middleton family crest. The bride received a diamond tiara from Queen Elizabeth (✝96), which completed her dreamlike look.

A secret “blue something” eventually came in the form of a blue ribbon Kate’s Dress incorporated. Even if everything went smoothly on the wedding day, the British woman had to be annoyed in advance: Details about the design of her robe had leaked out. Today, however, one remembers mainly the successful celebrations and the bridal look of the princess is considered unforgotten by the fans!