They put in weeks of work to embroider Kate Middleton’s wedding dress – and made sure to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine. So it’s fitting that the Duchess of Cambridge paid a secret visit to the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace to thank the embroiderers in person. Ooh, isn’t she polite!
‘Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress. She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under,’ one of her friends told The Telegraph.
Kate’s dress was treated with such secrecy that even the embroiderers themselves didn’t know whose dress they were creating. At the time they thought that the handmade flowers they stitched onto the dress were for a television costume drama – rather than, well, the biggest fashion event in history.
On Royal Wedding day the McQueen designed dress was announced a triumph – catapulting Kate into style icon status. Millions of people later visited an exhibition at Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of it in reality. But one woman wasn’t so keen. And it was Grandma-in-law and Head of State and Commander of the Commonwealth the Queen herself! As Kate showed her how the dress had been exhibited in Buck Palace, the pitch of the Queen's voice raised and she said "horrible" and then "horrid." It appeared the mannequin's lack of a head may have perturbed the Queen, who added: "It's made to look very creepy". Oh er… There’s no pleasing everyone, eh?!