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Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby

Ex-Student/ Waitress

Married to: Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway

On: 8/25/2001

The royal bride wore a simple and romantic full-length ecru-coloured silk crepe dress, by Norwegian designer Ove Harder Finseth and seamstress Anna Bratland, with fitted long-sleeves, a discreet neckline, corset waist and a two-metre train. Her hair, pulled back in a careful chignon, was adorned with a six-metre veil of silk tulle and a magnificent diamond tiara dating back to 1910, a gift from King Harald and Queen Sonja. The creation, which was designed with input from Mette-Marit herself, was everything a royal bridal gown should be. And it wasn’t just the rich fabric and classic lines that made it the perfect selection – the gown is a nearly exact replica of the dress that Queen Maud, Prince Haakon’s great-grandmother, wore in her wedding to Haakon VII. Following that theme, in place of a traditional bouquet, the bride held a long garland of green leaves woven with purple and white flowers, which was also similar to the bouquet Queen Maud carried on her wedding day.

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