Do you remember the wedding of Prince William and Katy Middleton at Westminster Abbey last April? Now the wedding dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, will go on exhibition at Buckingham palace on 22nd July as part of a special collection.
The wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton and was entitled as”The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design”. The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge herself officially opened the exhibition on the afternoon of 22nd July. The wedding dress is worth USD$ 400,000, enough to buy a workroom in Manhattan.
Except for the wedding dress inspired by Grace Kelly, the veil and the 1936 Cartier tiara which was leant to the Duchess by the Queen on her wedding day as her “something borrowed” will also be displayed at the palace. A pair of diamond earrings, given as a gift to Kate on the morning of her wedding by her parents, can also been seen. The tiny drop earrings feature a small acorn design in a nod to the Middleton family’s new coat of arms.
Although the top three layers of the eight-tier cake have been removed and replaced with replicas, the wedding cake, which was designed by Fiona Cairns, will also take part in the display, It is a tradition for newlyweds to keep the top tier for use as a christening cake for their first born, however the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have kept back two tiers, the third was served up for guests on the wedding day. The bottom tier of the intricately decorated wedding cake bares the mark of where the bride and groom cut the cake with a sword during the wedding breakfast.
The display is expected to draw thousands of visitors over the coming ten weeks with advance ticket sales totalling 600,000 before the display is even opened. It will attract more than 500,000 people to have a look at the wedding dress, and that will be a new record in the history.