Royal wedding guests ditched demure day dresses for the evening reception

Demure day dresses were ditched in favour of rather more daring designs as the royal wedding celebrations continued with a black tie bash in London on Saturday night. 

Lady Gabriella Windsor set the pace by ditching her long-sleeved gown by Italian couturier Luisa Beccaria for a more daring second wedding dress with a plunging neckline and bare arms. 

Guests including Princess Beatrice, Sophie Winkleman and James Middleton’s girlfriend Alizee Thevenet plumped for lower necklines, thigh-high slits and sheer lace frocks for the evening party at a trendy restaurant, following the traditional service and afternoon reception at Windsor Castle earlier that afternoon.  

Lady Gabriella, 38, who is 52nd in line to the throne, looked radiant as she tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel in front of a congregation that included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Sussex

She wore the same Russian Fringe-style diamond tiara which her mother, Princess Michael, and her grandmother, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, wore on their wedding days – said to be worth between £1 – 3 million.

Later that night the bride and groom both debuted second looks as they led the arrivals at Wild by Tart, a restaurant in a former electrical plant turned car park in Belgravia. 

Lady Gabriella, 38, who is 52nd in line to the throne, looked radiant as she tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel wearing a long-sleeved gown by Italian couturier Luisa Beccaria

Lady Gabriella, 38, who is 52nd in line to the throne, looked radiant as she tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel wearing a long-sleeved gown by Italian couturier Luisa Beccaria

Gabriella later ditched the day dress for a more daring second wedding dress with a plunging neckline and bare arms, right

Gabriella later ditched the day dress for a more daring second wedding dress with a plunging neckline and bare arms, right

Lady Gabriella, 38, who is 52nd in line to the throne, looked radiant as she tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel in front of a congregation that included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Sussex on Saturday. Gabriella set the pace by ditching her long-sleeved gown by Italian couturier Luisa Beccaria, seen left, for a more daring second wedding dress with a plunging neckline and bare arms, right

Arriving for her evening do, Gabriella opted for a delicately embellished second wedding gown  which she teamed with statement diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet, accessorising with a faux fur and satin clutch bag

Arriving for her evening do, Gabriella opted for a delicately embellished second wedding gown  which she teamed with statement diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet, accessorising with a faux fur and satin clutch bag

Arriving for her evening do, Gabriella opted for a delicately embellished second wedding gown  which she teamed with statement diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet, accessorising with a faux fur and satin clutch bag








Among the best-dressed of the day was French financial expert Alizee, who is dating the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother James Middleton. 

Alizee proved being stylish doesn’t have to come with an expensive price tag, stepping out in a £49.99 scarf print dress by H&M for the church service. 

She teamed the frock with a pair of nude suede pump, a white clutch bag and added her own fashion flair with a white hat. 

Come nighttime, Alizee had transformed from floaty summer daydream to slinky black dress. Showing the benefits of ‘less is more’, the French beauty kept her accessories simple, adding just a pair of strappy green velvet sandals, a gold bangle and statement gold necklace.  

James Middleton's girlfriend Alizee proved being stylish doesn't have to come with an expensive price tag, stepping out in a £49.99 scarf print dress by H&M for the church service

James Middleton's girlfriend Alizee proved being stylish doesn't have to come with an expensive price tag, stepping out in a £49.99 scarf print dress by H&M for the church service

James Middleton’s girlfriend Alizee proved being stylish doesn’t have to come with an expensive price tag, stepping out in a £49.99 scarf print dress by H&M for the church service

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Come nighttime, Alizee had transformed from floaty summer daydream to slinky black dress. Showing the benefits of 'less is more', the French beauty kept her accessories simple, adding just a pair of strappy green velvet sandals, a gold bangle and statement gold necklac

Come nighttime, Alizee had transformed from floaty summer daydream to slinky black dress. Showing the benefits of 'less is more', the French beauty kept her accessories simple, adding just a pair of strappy green velvet sandals, a gold bangle and statement gold necklac

Come nighttime, Alizee had transformed from floaty summer daydream to slinky black dress. Showing the benefits of ‘less is more’, the French beauty kept her accessories simple, adding just a pair of strappy green velvet sandals, a gold bangle and statement gold necklac

Meanwhile Sophie Winkleman turned heads in an ice-blue Catherine Walker coat dress at the wedding, teaming it with a matching statement hat complete with feather and lace embellishment.

In keeping with the more daring evening theme, Sophie before opting for a more risque  satin gown – slashed high on the thigh – as she arrived for the reception later in the day.

Sophie is the wife of Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, and as such is also known as Lady Frederick Windsor.

Elsewhere Princess Beatrice and Pippa Middleton opted for lace for the glamorous evening affair, changing out of their more reserved day dresses.

Arriving at the church earlier in the day, Kate Middleton’s sister had opted for a £695 sky blue Kate Spade dress, completing the look with a matching Alice band and heels. 

However Pippa upped the style stakes in the evening – both in the fashion and budget department, swapping the look for a £2940 pink lace Erderm dress, which flashed a hint of her decolletage. 








Sophie Winkleman turned heads in an ice-blue Catherine Walker coat dress at the wedding, teaming it with a matching statement hat complete with feather and lace embellishment, as she arrived alongside Prince Harry to the church service

Sophie Winkleman turned heads in an ice-blue Catherine Walker coat dress at the wedding, teaming it with a matching statement hat complete with feather and lace embellishment, as she arrived alongside Prince Harry to the church service

Sophie Winkleman turned heads in an ice-blue Catherine Walker coat dress at the wedding, teaming it with a matching statement hat complete with feather and lace embellishment, as she arrived alongside Prince Harry to the church service

In keeping with the more daring evening theme, Sophie before opting for a more risque satin gown - slashed high on the thigh - as she arrived for the reception later in the day

In keeping with the more daring evening theme, Sophie before opting for a more risque satin gown - slashed high on the thigh - as she arrived for the reception later in the day

In keeping with the more daring evening theme, Sophie before opting for a more risque satin gown – slashed high on the thigh – as she arrived for the reception later in the day

Meanwhile Beatrice ditched her navy blue £370 high street dress from Self-Portrait for an emerald green semi-transparent lace frock, with a coordinating bralet, for the evening do.

Lady Gabriella and Mr Kingston are the third royal couple to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in less than a year.

It is understood that St George’s Chapel was chosen by the couple as Gabriella, 37, has a particular affiliation with the royal residence.

Friends say she has fond memories of childhood Christmases at Windsor, before the Queen moved her festivities to Sandringham, and she was also a bridesmaid for her first cousin, Lady Helen Taylor, there.

Like Harry and Meghan, Lady Gabriella held her reception at Frogmore House – although there were no pre-drinks at the castle).








Meanwhile Beatrice ditched her navy blue £370 high street dress from Self-Portrait, left, for an emerald green semi-transparent lace frock, with a coordinating bralet, for the evening do, right

Meanwhile Beatrice ditched her navy blue £370 high street dress from Self-Portrait, left, for an emerald green semi-transparent lace frock, with a coordinating bralet, for the evening do, right

Meanwhile Beatrice ditched her navy blue £370 high street dress from Self-Portrait, left, for an emerald green semi-transparent lace frock, with a coordinating bralet, for the evening do, right

Meanwhile Beatrice ditched her navy blue £370 high street dress from Self-Portrait, left, for an emerald green semi-transparent lace frock, with a coordinating bralet, for the evening do, right

Meanwhile Beatrice ditched her navy blue £370 high street dress from Self-Portrait, left, for an emerald green semi-transparent lace frock, with a coordinating bralet, for the evening do, right








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