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Wedding dress to draw record crowds to London palace

I guess there is no limit to the interest in this wedding.

As Reuters reported:

Buckingham Palace expects record crowds this summer, when 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 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.

In the run-up to the fairytale wedding, details of the outfit were a closely guarded secret, known only to the handful of people who worked on the dress.

Hundreds of millions of viewers admired it on television and the Internet, and now hundreds of thousands will see it for themselves, unprotected on a raised oval stage in the ornate palace ballroom where state banquets are held.

Reflecting the surge in interest in the royals after the marriage and the newlyweds' recent trip to North America, advanced ticket sales for the summer tour of Buckingham Palace have hit 126,000, up 107 percent on the same point last year.

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Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the exhibition display adjusts the wedding dress of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on July 20, 2011. It was the best kept secret of the royal wedding, but now the Alexander McQueen dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William is being put on public display for all to admire. Catherine's ivory and white satin-gazar dress, designed by Sarah Burton, goes on show at Buckingham Palace on Saturday as part of the annual summer opening, where hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to see it. One million people lined the streets of London to see William and the former Kate Middleton marry on April 29, but few will have got close enough to appreciate the intense effort that went into the stunning gown.

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The first cut made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the royal wedding cake is pictured at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on July 20.

 


The wedding dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at her marriage to Prince William will go on display Saturday at Buckingham Palace. NBC's Michelle Kosinski gets a sneak peek.

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The Cartier "Halo" tiara worn by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on her wedding day is pictured at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on July 20.

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The wedding dress of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on July 20.