The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding gown, earrings and even the cake will be on display beginning this weekend in Buckingham Palace's ballroom. Already, 125,000 people have booked tickets for the summer exhibit, and with time slots for 600,000 attendees, it could sell out altogether. Get ready to book your tickets and zizz away!!!!!!!!!
The main attraction, of course, is The Dress. Royal Collection curator Caroline de Guitaut, "The dress performed perfectly. But the Duke and Duchess also maintained a modesty that gave the event the feel of a big family wedding to which the nation was invited. There was a real intimacy in addition to the spectacle. Getting to work with the bride and the designer has made the experience extra special."
As a sartorial supplement, the palace will also screen an interview with the dress' designer Sarah Burton. Although Burton doesn't reveal the cost (the Daily Mail decided it was $400,000) or the former-Kate Middleton's measurements, visitors can peep her shoe size: 5-and-a-half (U.K., that's about an 8 U.S.), printed on the sole of her white heels.
Sarah Burton reveals the secrets behind the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress in a film to accompany the bridal gown display at Buckingham Palace. The creative director at Alexander McQueen described Kate Middleton's dress as "a real feat of engineering". it has a hidden bustle and weighted panels to ensure it does not collapse when the Duchess walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey. The bridal gown, together with the Duchess's shoes, earrings, the wedding cake and a replica of her bouquet, are on display in the State rooms at Buckingham Palace, which are open to the public for the next 10 weeks.
Security checks have been stepped up because the dress, placed on a raised platform in the centre of the ballroom, is not behind glass, and visitors can get within 8ft of it so they can see the intricate needlework at close quarters.
Mrs Burton describes how each of the lace flowers and shamrocks was cut out and placed on a paper pattern of the dress to finalise the design, before the lace was sent to the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey to be sewn onto satin fabric.
"What we wanted to achieve was something that was incredibly beautiful and intricately worked. A lot of it was in the subtlety of the detail but it was at Westminster Abbey so it still had to have a presence," she said.
"The Duchess was very conscious that when she walked down the aisle she didn't want the dress to collapse so it was a real feat of engineering. We weighted the whole of the bottom part of the dress with canvas, and in particular the middle (of the train) so when we lifted the dress it would fall back in exactly the same position." small wonder that each time her dress was lifted up it just fell back into position like a real flower it was designed to be. we really need to give our designers some big ups, you know, the likes of Mai Ataffo.
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Visitors hoping to find out how much the dress cost, or the Duchess's measurements (such as her tiny waist size) will be disappointed, as both are closely-guarded secrets.
But one vital statistic is disclosed - her shoe size, five and a half, which is stamped on the sole of her wedding slippers.
The exhibition's curator, Caroline de Guitaut, also revealed that the couple have kept the top layer of their wedding cake, which is traditionally used as a christening cake for a first born child.
More than half a million people are expected to view the dress during the summer opening, setting a new record for the annual event.
what an exciting thing, a blessing to be married and married into royalty?