Curator: Duchess Kate's Royal Wedding Dress Waist Is "Small"

Celebrity Style Jul. 22, 2011 AT 9:23AM
Curator: Duchess Kate's Royal Wedding Dress Waist Is "Small" Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage

It'll feel like April 29, 2011 all over again at Buckingham Palace, where a special new exhibit showcasing Duchess Kate's wedding day regalia opens to the public on Saturday.

With over 125,000 advance tickets already purchased, the show will feature the 29-year-old Kate's Alexander McQueen gown (designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton) -- plus her earrings, tiara and shoes. The exhibit will also display an artificial version of Kate's bouquet -- and even the wedding cake, minus its top three layers.

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The iconic pieces are show "British craftsmanship, British skill at its best," curator Caroline de Guitaut tells USA Today.

The Duchess herself will be checking the exhibit out on Friday alongside her Grandmother-in-Law, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Guitaut admits that the waist size on the petite, fit Queen-to-Be is "small." Seeing the iconic dress in person, a USA Today reporter gushes over incredible details in the gown: "The sumptuousness of the lace flowers sewn onto the skirt and bodice, the deep vertical pleats that fall gracefully from the waistline to the hem, the train's elaborate individual panels, which were deliberately engineered to hold their shape as the bride walked the long aisle."

The shoes for the special day, also by McQueen, were covered in white lace and featured heels 3 to 4 inches high. The royal bride's shoe size is a 38.5 -- or a U.S. size 8.

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And then there's the cake -- featuring a "shallow gash" made by the Duke and Duchess when they "took a sword" to the confection. The sweet treat "could last an extremely long time," curator de Guitaut said. "In the Royal Collection, we have a number of pieces of wedding cake … dating back to the 19th century."

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 Tickets for the exhibit, closing on Oct. 3, cost about $48.

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