LONDON — Kate Middleton changed into a strapless white satin gazar evening dress by designer Sarah Burton for the evening party at Buckingham Palace following her wedding Friday, royal officials said.
Kate changed out of the stunning dress she wore for the wedding ceremony, also designed by Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, and put on the evening gown which had a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist.
St James's Palace revealed details of the garment as Kate and Prince William left Clarence House, the official residence of William's father Prince Charles, to head to the palace.
"I am glad the weather held off. We had a great day," Kate said as she headed to the evening do with William, who was dressed in a black dinner jacket and bow tie.
Looking happy and relaxed, the newlyweds were accompanied by Charles, who is hosting the evening party, and his wife Camilla.
Kate's dress for the wedding ceremony earlier at Westminster Abbey was of ivory satin and lace, and her face was covered lightly with a hand-embroidered veil held in place by a tiara borrowed from the queen.
Burton, the 36-year-old creative director of the fashion house created by the British designer who committed suicide last year, had long been tipped for the commission, but palace officials had remained tight-lipped right up until the moment Kate stepped out of the car.
About 300 of the couple's closest family and friends have been invited to the black-tie evening party, which is expected to stretch into the early hours and reportedly has an informal theme including a disco.
Queen Elizabeth II has left the palace and headed for a private weekend elsewhere in Britain to let the younger generation celebrate.
Prince Harry, William's younger brother and best man, is due to give a hotly anticipated speech to guests before the newlyweds spend their first night as a married couple together at the palace.
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