The red carpet has been rolled up, the bells have ceased to chime and the world’s most famous newlyweds are settling into married life, but wedding watchers and followers of fashion alike can relive the romance of the royal wedding when Kate Middleton’s bridal attire goes on public display.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s “I do” dress will be the highlight of Buckingham Palace’s annual Summer Opening. Beginning July 23, 2011, Anglophiles can file past the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation for a close up look at the 58 gazar- and organza-covered buttons the Cluny lace which peeks out from the silk tulle underskirt and the shamrock, rose, daffodil and thistle lace motifs applied by the Royal School of Needlework on to the ivory and white satin gazar which comprised the body of the bridal masterpiece.
Completing the elegant ensemble is the ivory silk tulle, hand-embroidered veil which clung delicately to the Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara, an heirloom piece passed down from Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to the current Queen when she celebrated her 18th birthday as a Princess. The diadem’s 739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds will wink at sightseers who stroll past, as will the pear-shaped diamond-set drop and pavé-set diamond acorns of the bride’s Robinson Pelham earrings. Also on display will be the pair of Alexander McQueen wedding shoes which carried the bride to the altar.
Foodies fascinated by all things royal can feast their eyes upon the Duke and Duchess’s wedding cake– a multi-tiered fruit cake accented with sugar flowers by Leicestershire-based cake designer Fiona Cairns– which will be on display in the State Dining Room.
The royal wedding dress will be on display at Buckingham Palace from July 23 – October 3, 2011.
Royal watchers will also get revved up by the sight of the 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI in bore bride Kate Middleton to Westminster Abbey on her wedding day, and the 1902 State Landau carriage which carried The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace after the noted nuptials. Both are currently on public display as part of a visit to the Royal Mews.
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