It is the dress of the year, nay century; kept secret until bride Kate Middleton stepped out with her father to travel to Westminster Abbey to meet her prince and transform into Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ivory-lace and satin-gazar creation, which has been described by the designer as a “real feat of engineering”, now takes centre stage in Buckingham Palace’s exhibition of the royal wedding as part of its annual Summer Opening.
Despite not being showcased by its owner, people are apparently flocking to see the most talked about frock this side of the millennium as tickets sales to the Royal Collection exhibition are up 107% on last year.
Whether you watched the wedding in person or on TV, the gown is a stunning piece of art with intricate details and embroidery that shows off Catherine’s desire to incorporate flora from all corners of the Kingdom – behold lace thistles, shamrocks, daffodils and roses – into the design.
If you’re hoping to get up close to the dress you won’t be too disappointed. The bridal gown, which is placed on a raised platform in the centre of the ballroom, is not behind glass – hence increased security checks – and visitors can get within 8ft of the dress.