Last weekend, James Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's brother, married Alizée Thevenet in an intimate ceremony in the South of France. Recently released photographs published in Hello! reveal that, on her wedding day, Thevenet paid a sweet tribute to James's mother, Carole Middleton.
The French financial expert chose to wear Carole's wedding dress, from her 1980 wedding to Michael Middleton, to her own nuptials. The off-the-shoulder gown is trimmed with lace, and perfectly matched the destination, Bormes-les-Mimosas, France.
"My something borrowed was in fact my dress from my mother in law Carole who last wore it 41 years ago on her wedding day in June, 1980," Alizée told Hello!, in an interview released alongside the wedding photos.
The bride came across the dress during the Covid lockdown, as she and James stayed in Bucklebury, Berkshire with the Middletons.
"While talking about dresses with Carole and sharing ideas during lockdown for inspiration, I tried on her wedding dress and fell in love with it," Alizée said. "It fitted me perfectly and was exactly what I wanted. It always troubled me that wedding dresses are only worn once so it was amazing to give such a beautiful dress a second lease of life."
James and Alizée wed at the town hall in Bormes-les-Mimosas, where the Thevenets recently acquired a property. Mayor François Arizzi married the couple, in a small ceremony. James's sister, Kate, and her husband, Prince William, reportedly were in attendance, alongside their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
James and Alizee initially announced their marriage on Instagram, through James's account. He posted a photograph of the happy couple, writing, "Mr & Mrs Middleton ❤️ 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 Yesterday I married the love of my life surrounded by family, friends and of course a few dogs in the beautiful village or Bormes-les-Mimosas. Words cannot describe how happy I am ❤️"
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