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Friday, July 22, 2011
Londoners have the chance to get up close to Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress when it goes on display at Buckingham Palace from tomorrow.
The gown, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, was critically acclaimed when the now Duchess of Cambridge wore it on her big day on April 29.
Buckingham Palace expects record crowds of up to 650,000 people when the dress becomes the highlight of this year’s summer opening.
It will be on show in the ballroom of the Queen’s residence from July 23, to October 3.
Kate’s veil, tiara, bridal shoes, diamond earrings, wedding cake and a replica bouquet are also on view to the public during the tour of 19 state rooms inside the palace.
A video is being shown to accompany the display in which London-based designer Sarah Burton talks about the dress for the first time.
In it she talks about the influences and intricate detail of the gown worn by Kate when she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey..
“A lot of it is in the subtlety of the detail, the handcrafted lace, and the cuts and the shapes and the folds involved in the construction of the dress, yet we still had to remember it was in Westminster Abbey so it still had to have a presence.
“It was this idea of having a dress with a presence and of historical importance yet being modern at the same time.”
Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the exhibition, said: “The Duchess considered a number of options and then decided that she would like it (the dress) to be displayed here at Buckingham Palace which of course was the scene for the celebrations after Westminster Abbey so it is very fitting that it should be shown here exactly where the reception took place.
“I think really the thing that will be a revelation for visitors is how much detail and how much work went into the creation of this dress.
“The beauty really is in the detail.”
Tickets and visitor information: www.royalcollection.org.uk or 020 7766 7300.