The intricate lace dress Kate Middleton wore to marry Prince William is to go on display during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace between July 23 and October 3.
Kate Middleton wedding dress is Sarah Burton creation who worked closely with her on the design which derives her inspiration from Grace Kelley’s wedding outfit, who like her was a commoner.
Sarah Burton complimented with her and said, “It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton, to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.”
The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) worked closely with the Alexander McQueen atelier team, the hand-stitchers washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and changing the needles every three hours to keep them sharp.
The outcome won accolade from fashion critics, and was the focus of intense interest for millions of viewers worldwide, drawing comparisons to the wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.
The Duchess’s ivory silk tulle veil, Cartier ‘halo’ tiara (a loan from the Queen), McQueen shoes and Robinson Pelham diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day will also form part of the display.
William and Kate’s wedding cake, created by cake designer Fiona Cairns, will be shown in the State Dining Room to complement the wedding dress exhibition.