The FIVE dresses Princess Diana's niece lady Kitty Spencer, 30 wore to her wedding to Michael Lewis
With a trousseau of five ever-more breathtaking dresses featuring yards of lace, silk and tulle, it was a wedding fit for a princess – the stuff of which fairytales are made.
And as Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, married retail millionaire Michael Lewis, 62, at a 17th century Italian castle on Saturday, it was a fairytale crafted by only the most stylish of artisans.
The bride – daughter of Earl Spencer and his first wife Victoria Lockwood and niece of Princess Diana – dazzled in a series of gowns made for her by fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, for whom she is a brand ambassador. The Italian duo also dressed many on her glittering guestlist.
Kitty's main gown, with an intricate floral lace design, a high neck, long sleeves and puffed shoulders, was an echo of her mother's own wedding dress.
However, she did not wear the distinctive Spencer diamond tiara sported by her mother at the 1989 ceremony, and most famously by her aunt Diana when she married Prince Charles in 1981.
There was also no sign at the festivities, which spanned several days, of her father. On Friday he had posted a picture of a moon over the family's ancestral home, Althorp in Northamptonshire. Given that current travel restrictions require five days of isolation on arrival in Italy, it appears he wasn't among the well-wishers.
He recently revealed that he has a 'painful and unpleasant' shoulder injury, which has been affecting his freedom of movement and may have played its part in keeping him away from the wedding, along with his third wife Karen.
Not that family were absent from the event. Kitty was escorted at the ceremony, held in the gardens of the Villa Aldobrandini – a stunning mansion in Frascati, near Rome – by her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and half brother Samuel Aitken, whose father is businessman Jonathan Aitken.
Her sisters Eliza and Amelia Spencer, the youngest of Earl Spencer and Victoria's four children, are also understood to have attended. Other guests included fellow Dolce & Gabbana models Emma Weymouth, the Marchioness of Bath, and Idris Elba's wife Sabrina. Pop singer Pixie Lott, a friend for the past five years, was also there.
Also understood to have been present were the groom's three grown-up children from his marriage to ex-wife Leola.
Some guests were thought to be staying at the five-star Hotel de la Ville in Rome, and on Friday night enjoyed a dinner at the Galleria Del Cardinale, a lavish baroque events space in the city. The bride had earlier shared photos on Instagram of her enjoying a girls' trip in Florence.
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