Catherine Middleton Wears Something Borrowed, Something Blue

04/29/2011 at 08:20 AM EDT

Royal Wedding: Catherine Middleton Sticks to Tradition
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Her wedding entrance by car over carriage was a modern touch, but Catherine Middleton seems to have stayed true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

The Palace tells PEOPLE the newly ennobled Duchess of Cambridge paid homage to each of these categories – from her V-neck Alexander McQueen gown to her 1936 Cartier tiara – when she married Prince William on Friday at the Westminster Abbey.

Something Old

Middleton's wedding dress, designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, featured a long-sleeved lace overlay that paid respect to the Arts and Craft custom. This tradition, characterized by the Carrickmacross lace-making technique used in the dress design, is a tribute to British craftsmanship.

Something New

As a wedding gift, Middleton's parents, Carole and Michael, gave the bride a pair of leaf-shaped diamond earrings, which were made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara.

Something Borrowed

The Queen lent Middleton the glittering 1936 Cartier halo-style tiara that crowned her curls. The tiara has been in the Royal Family since it was purchased by King George VI for the Queen Mother.

Something Blue

Although Middleton appeared to be all dressed in white, a hint of blue ribbon was sewn into the gown.

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