Buckingham Palace expects to set a record in visitors and funds with Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding dress on display since opening on July 23.
The special exhibition of the Duchess' wedding dress has drawn over 354,000 visitors so far, and is likely to set a ticket sales record of total £8million ($13 million) by the time the exhibition closes on Oct. 3. The admission fee is 17 pounds ($27)for adults.
We're thrilled that so many people have visited Buckingham Palace this summer in what looks to be a record year, said a Royal Collection spokesman, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The Royal Wedding attracted worldwide interest, so it's only natural that many people want to come to see the State Rooms, some of which were used for the wedding reception, and take a closer look at The Duchess of Cambridge's dress - which celebrates great British design.
The ivory and white wedding dress with cowl neck and veil, costing £250,000 ($400,000), was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, a British brand the Duchess selected for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing, stated the Royal Collection.
Kate Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.
Alongside the Royal Wedding dress, the exhibit is adorned by the hand-made shoes and the diamond earrings worn by The Duchess on 29 April, as well as the 1936 Cartier Halo Tiara, sporting 1,000 diamonds. The tiara was lent by The Queen to Kate on her wedding day.
Funds raised by the opening typically go towards the maintenance and conservation of the collection, but in 2011 a donation is expected to be made to William and Catherine's wedding charity fund, benefiting 26 causes including Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Some proceeds will also help with the maintenance and restoration of the Royal Collection, including the palaces, residences and extensive art collections.