what’s on: the duchess’ wedding dress exhibit
Let’s get back into the swing of things by talking about the exhibit of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, which is currently open as part of the State Rooms tour of Buckingham Palace.
I know I’ve been a vocal fan of the Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen dress since the moment Kate Middleton stepped out of the car at Westminster Abbey, but the craftmanship on the dress needs to be seen in-person to be believed.
For starters, the lace work is incredible. Four different laces (some up to 50 years old) were sewn together to create one unique lace pattern for the dress – but you would never know because the 2mm stitches joining them together are impossible to see.
Visitors also get the opportunity to see the Duchess’ wedding accessories up close, including her veil, shoes, jewellery and Halo tiara. The wedding cake and a replica of the wedding bouquet are also included in the exhibit.
The Queen was quoted as saying the display itself was “horrible” and “horrid” due to the lack of a head on the mannequin and I’m inclined to agree the display itself looks a little eery. I don’t have any photos of my own due to the Palace’s strict anti-photography policy, but you can see the Queen and the Duchess checking out the exhibit above.
If you’re planning to be in London before 3 October, I strongly recommend you take the time to do the tour. The dress itself well worth the entry fee of £17.50 but you also get a peek behind the walls of the palace to see the Queen’s beautiful entertaining areas. Tickets are available through the Royal Collection (and don’t forget to convert your single-entry ticket to a one-year ticket by getting it stamped at the desk in the gardens – that way you can go for free next year!)
If you can’t make it, you can check out the Royal Collection’s microsite for a zoom-in view of the dress and accessories.
PS Another royal wedding – that of the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips – took place last weekend. While the bride and her footballer husband looked very happy, I wasn’t particularly enamoured with her Stewart Pavin dress. She’s such a beautiful girl but I thought her dress didn’t really do anything for her. What did you think?