Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly and more popularly known as Kate Middleton, has captured the media's attention even before her (now) famous Royal Wedding to Price William. The Daily Telegraph has even gone so far as to call her wedding dress, made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the wedding dress of the century. The design has inspired designers across the glboe to re-create look-a-like dresses for their clients' pending nuptials.
Now, Kate's famous dress and wedding accessories will be on display at Britain's Royal London home, the Buckingham Palace. On Friday, Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess walked through the display together to view the dress and accompanying accessories. According to the Telegraph and Us Weekly, the Queen's response to the display was a bit surprising.
According to the Huffington Post, the Queen stated that the display was horrid and dreadful. As the Telegraph explains, the Queen didn't seem happy with the lack of a mannequin's head. The Telegraph reports that the Queen said, It's made to look very creepy. Kate stated that it had a 3D effect.
For those design enthusiasts, the display will include a film in which Burton discusses the process of creating the Royal wedding dress for Kate.
Also on display will be Kate's weddings shoes, hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen, the diamond earrings given to Kate by her family, and the Cartier tiara which the Queen lent to Kate for the wedding. Replicas of the bridal bouquet and five tiers of the original, traditional-style fruit cake (with three new ones made to replace the eaten parts) will also be on display. The cake was designed by Fiona Cairns. In addition, three large-scale reproductions of the official wedding photographs will be on display in the Throne Room, where the photographs were taken by Hugo Burnand.
Buckingham Palace in and of itself is a site to see. It has 775 rooms, 52 of which are Royal and guest bedrooms. The Palace does contain priceless works of art, which are part of the Royal collection; however it is not to be mistaken as a year-round museum, or a gallery.
The Summer Opening tour includes a tour of 19 State Rooms, accompanied by an audio tour, a special exhibition 'Royal Fabergé,' and a walk through the Palace gardens.
'Royal Fabergé' will host over 100 masterpieces, including those of the famous Russian jeweler and goldsmith, Peter Carl Fabergé.
The exhibition will be on display through October 3, 2011.