According to the paper Kate has chosen Burton for the task in a bid to up her fashion credentials, and because the fashion house designed the dress of Kate's friend and wife of Tom Parker Bowles, Sara Buys.
Within the fashion industry the choice has come as quite a surprise, but a decidedly welcome one - the idea of the future Princess stepping out on her wedding day in a cutting-edge, creative dress rather than playing it safe has met with great approval. And there's no denying that Sarah Burton and her team are capable of dreaming up the perfect, breath-taking creation that is set to be the most-discussed dress across the globe for a while.
But is it true? Well, both Sarah Burton and the Alexander McQueen press office flatly deny the story - not a refuse-to-comment or a can't-confirm but a very clear it's-not-true. And Clarence House released a statement refusing to comment and reiterating that Kate wants her designer to remain a secret until her wedding day. But that hasn't, of course, stopped the whispers, becasue whoever has been given the coveted commission has surely been sworn to absolute secrecy on pain of being thrown into the Tower of London, and if asked would be certain to deny it.
So the chances are that we still won't know for sure until the big day itself whether Kate will be walking down the aisle in a McQueen gown, but you can be sure that it will be the hot topic of conversation at the label's a/w 2011 show in Paris on Wednesday. We'll bring you the latest news from the front row as we get it...More