The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress has only been on display at Buckingham Palace since the end of July but visitors have been flocking to catch a glimpse of it in droves. Over 355,000 people have paid to get a look of the world’s most televised bridal gown.
Britain has been in the spotlight all year, with highlights such as the Royal Wedding and next year’s Olympics pushing visitor numbers to the UK on an upward curve. Buckingham Palace says visitor numbers are about one fifth higher than normal, because of the royal wedding dress which despite the way it is being exhibited, has been wooing the crowds.
Rumours have circulated that the Queen found the exhibit a bit “creepy” – perhaps it’s the low lighting and the “headless” stand for the dress but the ticket prices – £17.50 for adults and £10 for children under 17 – haven’t stopped the queues forming day after day. The royal couple’s much talked about wedding cake by Fiona Cairns is also on display in the State Dining Room.
The famous dress will remain on display alongside a selection from the Royal Faberge collection until October 3rd.
For more information about the exhibition visit http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&ID=952
Royal Wedding Dress Microsite http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/royalweddingdress/MicroSection.asp?themeid=2443