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The Queen and The Duchess took a private tour of Buckingham Palace and The Duchess’ Wedding Dress display, ahead of the public opening today.

During the tour Kate wore a very simple, very soft peach (or pink) dress.  With a deep v-neck and 3/4 sleeves, the dress was identified as Joseph from the autumn/winter 2011 collection.

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The Duchess toured Buckingham Palace in her Jimmy Choo ‘Lovely” Pumps, which we saw during the North American tour earlier this month.

The Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress is on display along with the shoes, earrings, tiara and even the cake!

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The wedding dress (designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) is an ivory dress with beautiful English lace and French Chantilly lace along with a ‘short’ but elegant 6 foot train.  The dress has 58 gazar buttons, and the veil is a a silk tulle (in ivory) with stitched flowers.

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The stitching was done on the lace bodice by hand at The Royal School of Needlework. The Royal School of Needlework says about the design of the dress:

” The lace design and process was influenced by traditional Carrickmacross lace which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Carrickmacross lace uses an embroidery technique called appliqué – the lace is worked by applying organdie fabric to a delicate net background and edging each motif with fine cord-like thread. Sarah Burton sourced a series of lace motifs to create a unique design, applied by the RSN and arranged to fit each part of the dress perfectly following her creative vision. Each lace motif (some as small as a 5 pence piece) was applied with minute stitches every two to three millimetres”.

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Rumour has it that Kate described the dress (which does have a ghost-like appareance with no head!) as ” horrible”.  Which I might tend to agree with… or at the very least it is a little creepy.  Imagine seen your wedding dress on display and no head!

On display as well are the Sarah Burton shoes The Duchess wore – which until now we never got a very good look at.  The hand stitched shoes are a size five and a half (which seems very small considering Kate is close to 5’10”!)

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The tiara that was Kate’s “something borrowed” from The Queen.  The tiara is a 1936 Cartier creation featuring over 1,000 diamonds.  The tiara was originally a gift to The Queen Mother on her 18th birthday from King George VI.

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The Earrings given to her from mom and dad have tiny acorns inside.  The acorns are a symbol for the the Middleton’s new family coat of arms and designed by Robinson Pelham.

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The Bouquet carried by the Duchess designed by Shane Connolly.  The one on display is a silk replica featuring lily of the valley, myrtle and hyacinth.

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The Palace is expecting over half a million people to attend this year’s Special Exhibition which runs from July 23 to October 3.  According to The Royal Collections website

“Admission to the State Rooms is by timed ticket, with entry every 15 minutes throughout the day. Tickets are valid only on the date and at the entrance time specified on the ticket.

The State Rooms open at 09:30 and close at 18:30, with last admission at 16:15. A visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.”

Click here to book tickets from The Royal Collection Ticket Office

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