Kate Middleton: Wedding Dress Ready for Second Showing at Buckingham Palace

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The dress that Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, wore at the Royal Wedding is to be put on display at Buckingham palace.

Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the intricately decorated dress won over the fashion press and public as soon as Middleton stepped onto the aisle of Westminster Abbey In April.

The bridal gown featured lace applique floral detail and was made of ivory and white satin gazar, with a skirt that resembled an opening flower with white satin gazar arches and pleats. Its train measured just 9ft - modest in comparison with many previous royal brides.

In total, a record 643,000 people are expected to take the tour, during which visitors can see 19 state rooms.

Other than the dress, Middleton's wedding shoes, earrings and a silk replica of her bouquet will also be put on display.

Above the dress is the original veil and Cartier halo tiara worn by the bride, featuring around 900 diamonds and lent to her for the occasion by the queen.

Even the wedding cake is on show in a glass cabinet in the state dining room, complete with ornate sugar flowers and a deep cut where the couple plunged in the knife.

 

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London

Exhibition curator, Caroline de Guitaut, adjusts the wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

The bridal shoes of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are seen at Buckingham Palace in London

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

The Cartier "Halo" tiara, worn by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day is seen at Buckingham Palace in London

The Cartier "Halo" tiara, worn by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day, is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer as up to 650,000 people are set to file into Queen Elizabeth's London residence and past the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white garment, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey in April. Picture taken July 20, 2011. REUTERS

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