Only a few short months after Catherine Middleton walked down the etherial aisle at Westminster Abbey to marry her Prince, (Prince William) the now infamous lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown – as designed by Sarah Burton – the Duchess of Cambridge wore is set to go on public display at Buckingham Palace.
It is noted that the Queen herself will attend the exhibition today before it opens to the public this weekend, with latest figures suggesting that advance sales are up 107 per cent, to view this Royal Collection display, on last year. A staggering 125,751 tickets have been sold already with the viewing capacity edged up to 643,000 to allow extra visitors.
The exhibition – as part of the annual summer opening at Buckingham Palace – will also show off the Queen’s Cartier “Halo” tiara, (borrowed of course for this showing) alongside floral displays, The Duchess’ shoes, wedding cake and the famous acorn diamond earrings that were especially created by jewellers Robinson Pelham for the Duchess’ parents as a wedding gift from them to her.
There will also be a five-minute video from designer Sarah Burton on the technicalities behind the wedding dress, explaining her choice of effect, fabrics and design.
With such an iconic dress on display it seems imperative to steal a glance before the dress goes back into secure storage under the Queen’s guard.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress exhibition is open at Buckingham Palace until October 3, 2011. For more information visit www.royalcollection.org, or call 020 7766 7300.