You arose early to watched the ceremony. You bought the memorabilia. Now, you can revisit the moment Kate Middleton and Prince William said their “I do’s” with a trip to Buckingham Palace.
The bride’s famous wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for the Alexander McQueen fashion house, will be on display to the public at the palace, starting July 23.
According to Reuters, as many as 650,000 people are expected to pass through the threshold of the Queen’s London home to view the garment, which is on displayed, unprotected on a raised stage in the palace ballroom.
Also on display are the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding shoes, earrings, her veil and the Cartier tiara lent to the bride by the queen, which features 900 diamonds.
Reuters says the couple’s elaborately decorated wedding cake is on exhibit as well. It is to be shown in a glass cabinet in the state dining room and bears the cut mark where the newlyweds sliced into it.
As the Daily Mail reports, the top three tiers of the eight-tiered cake were recreated for the display. After sharing the third tier with friends and family, the duke and duchess have saved the top two tiers, the British newspaper says, hinting they might have done so with the intention of serving the cake at the christening of their first born.
“Saving the top tier to celebrate the birth of the first born is the tradition,” Miranda Eason, editor of You & Your Wedding magazine told the Daily Mail. But, she noted, “couples are also saving it for their first anniversary to crack open with a bottle of bubbly.”
Of course, rumours and speculation about when the royal couple will start a family have been swirling long before their wedding. So, you know, no pressure, or anything.
What have you done with your own wedding mementos?