Get behind Grazia Daily please: the queue starts here. Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is to be displayed at Buckingham Palace from 23rd July – 3rd October, to coincide with the summer opening of Buck house. Queenie, who will be flogging tickets at the door (except on Thursdays when she pops to the shops) is charging a whopping £17.50 entrance, a fee for which we would usually expect to be allowed to try something on, take photos and very possibly borrow it for a night out.
But hey ho. This, as we all know, is no ordinary dress. This is the dress of dreams, the dress of all dresses, and now is our one chance to see it in all its glory. Importantly, though, it is also our one chance to see the shoes Kate wore for her wedding. The shoes! Now, since there was not a peep of shoe on the wedding day, not the merest hint of toe peeking out from under Kate’s gorgeous McQueen dress, we remain in the dark as to what these look like. So what did she plump for? Well, according to the official royal wedding website the shoes were ‘hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen, of ivory duchesse satin and lace embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework’. Seeing them might be worth the £17.50 alone.
Also on display alongside the wedding dress and shoes is the 1936 Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara owned by the Queen and worn by Kate for her wedding, the oak leaf earrings by Robinson Pelham and commissioned for Kate by her parents, and also the wedding cake created by Fiona Cairns for the couple. Now, we know it’s traditional to store wedding cake for eons, the classic combination of fruit cake and royal icing taking longer to decompose than a McDonald’s happy meal, but still – eew. For Grazia Daily, it’s ALL about the shoes.
- Alex Butt