The spotlight may have been on the happy couple, but the guests at the wedding were well aware that their outfits too would be scrutinized – and what a showcase of top British fashion it was.
The mother of the bride Carole Middleton looked impeccably elegant in a sky-blue silk dress with short pleated sleeves and pleated pockets by Catherine Walker, a matching wool-crepe coatdress and a hat by Berkshire-based designer Jane Corbett.
The stepmother of the groom, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore a champagne silk dress with matching duck-egg blue and champagne embroidered coat by Anna Valentine.
The Queen, meanwhile, looked appropriately springlike in primrose yellow, in a crepe-wool dress and coat with matching hat designed by Angela Kelly.
Other notable guests were equally well turned out. Samantha Cameron looked lovely in a teal silk pleated dress by iconic British label Burberry, with a bright orange pashmina and statement necklace.
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez wore a grey and black polka-dot dress by Spanish designer Miguel Palacia, with a stunning black turban-headpiece with huge orange asymmetrical flowers. Both her husband Nick Clegg and the Prime Minister David Cameron wore morning suits.
David Beckham looked dashing in a morning suit by Ralph Lauren, carrying a top hat, while Victoria Beckham wore one of her own designs, a navy draped dress. Her hat by Philip Treacy was one of a number of headpieces by this milliner worn by wedding guests – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also chose his designs.
Other guests included Zara Philips (Princess Anne’s daughter) and Mike Tindall, who plan to marry in July; Elton John and his partner David Furnish; Rowan Atkinson, a close friend of Prince Charles; and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who revealed that his present to the couple would be a tandem bicycle.