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Royal wedding dress to go on display at Buckingham Palace

In what is likely to become one of the ‘must see’ attractions for visitors to London, the wedding dress worn by Kate Middleton during her marriage to Prince William will go on display at Buckingham Palace this weekend.

The dress will be located in the ballroom of the place from tomorrow until October 3rd, during the annual summer opening of the property.

The dress was designed by Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton, who revealed Kate sought a dress with “presence and of historical importance” with a contemporary feel during consultations ahead of the wedding.

Burton – whose identity was a secret until virtually the day of the ceremony – added: “There were a lot of references to Victorian corsetry, the padded hip, the tiny cinched-in waist, and also to the arts and crafts movement with all of the hand-work on the lace of the dress and also the bustle inside to create the shape of the back of the dress.

“It has an essence of Victorian but we cut the dress in a very modern way. It is in a very light fabric.

“Also the pleats and the folds create a modern feel rather than a historical piece.

“I think what we wanted to achieve was something that was incredibly beautiful and intricately worked.”

The dress contains a series of lace motifs including a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock to represent England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The duchess’s veil, tiara, Alexander McQueen bridal shoes and diamond earrings will also form part of the display.


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