Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress is to go on public display at Buckingham Palace for 10 weeks this summer – however, visitors to Buckingham Palace will have to pay an additional £17.50 to see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.
The dress was designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director at Alexander McQueen, and it will be the star exhibit during the annual opening of Buckingham Palace state rooms. The display is organized by The Royal Collection. This year, the exhibition is expected to break attendance records, as it not only features Kate’s wedding dress but also the cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding reception. It will be a replica, as the real cake was of course eaten, but one of the real wedding cake tiers is expected to be displayed too.
However, if you were hoping to see the maid of honour’s dress, also designed by Burton, too, you will be disappointed. Pippa Middleton remains the owner of the dress and she has not put it on display. Neither will the outfits of the four bridesmaids or the two page boys will be displayed.
The Royal Collection explain the reasons for only displaying the wedding dress and not the other wedding outfits by stating the aim was “to focus on the British design and craftsmanship of the duchess’s wedding ensemble,” not to create a royal wedding tableau.
Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress will be displayed from July 23 until October 3 in the Buckingham Palace ballroom.
Alongside the wedding dress Kate’s hand-made bridal shoes, the Robinson Pelham diamond earrings which were a gift from her parents, and the 1936 Cartier halo tiara, lent to Kate for the wedding by the Queen, will also be displayed.
Will you be heading over to Buckingham Palace to see the Royal Wedding display?