Remember “The Dress”? April 29th 2011 was a much anticipated day for a lot of people, especially the former Miss Kate Middelton and Prince William. Eighty seven days after her wedding day, The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress has gone up on display in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace. The Sarah Burton designed dress will be up for public viewing till the 3rd of October 2011.
Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the exhibition, said: “The Duchess considered a number of options and then decided that she would like it to be displayed here at Buckingham Palace which of course was the scene for the celebrations after Westminster Abbey so it is very fitting that it should be shown here exactly where the reception took place.
“I think really the thing that will be a revelation for visitors is how much detail and how much work went into the creation of this dress.
“The beauty really is in the detail.”
The display will include Kate’s veil, tiara and the diamond earrings, as well as her bridal shoes – which were not visible on the day. Her veil, made of layers of ivory silk-tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
On the big day it was held in place by the Cartier Halo tiara, which was her “something borrowed” and was loaned to the bride by the Queen, a tradition for royal weddings. The tiara was made in 1936 and bought by the Duke of York – later King George VI – for the Duchess of York – later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother – three weeks before he succeeded his brother as king.
The diamond earrings she wore, which were commissioned by the Middleton family as a personal gift to the bride from her parents, are in the same display cabinet as Kate’s shoes and a replica bouquet.
Shane Connolly, artistic director of flowers at the royal wedding, said the Duchess had a “huge” input for the flowers and shrubbery used on the day.
He said: “The Duchess and I started talking about the bouquet quite early on in the process.
“We always knew it wouldn’t be very large, that it would include lily of the valley, which is a great favourite of hers and her mother carried in her wedding bouquet.
“We used hyacinths which again the symbolism is constancy of love, so that had a beautiful meaning. Myrtle was included, grown from the bouquet of Queen Victoria, and some ivy which symbolises a happy marriage.”
William and Kate’s multi-tiered wedding cake, created by cake designer Fiona Cairns, will be shown in the state dining room to complement the wedding dress exhibition.
Website: The Official Royal Wedding