The ultimate royal collectible? Kate Middleton's wedding dress goes on display

 

Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge as we must now refer to her, lived out many a young girl's dream when she married her prince in April.

The dress she wore that day would be an instant collectible if it ever came to auction. But for now royal memorabilia collectors will have to content themselves with just looking.

And they can get to within eight feet from July 23 at a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace, which runs until October 3.

The Sarah Burton designed dress will feature alongside the veil, shoes and the Queen's tiara Kate wore on the day. Sadly for Pippa Middleton fans, the maid of honour's bottom-hugging number won't be on display.

Earlier this year, the see-through black dress Kate wore at a University of St Andrews fashion show, at which Prince William was in attendance, sold for £78,000.


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We would expect the wedding dress to achieve significantly more than that figure if it appeared on the auction block, such is the worldwide interest surrounding the garment.

The public have taken Kate to their hearts in a manner not seen since Princess Diana, who certainly knew how to wear a dress for maximum impact.

A dark blue velvet gown Diana wore to a 1985 White House dinner where she danced with John Travolta sold for $800,000 at a Waddington's auction in Toronto in June.

The black taffeta dress worn by Diana for her first official Royal engagement sold for £192,000 last year.

Dubbed the 'take the plunge dress' by the British tabloids, it was sold by Kerry Taylor's auction house. Click here to read an exclusive interview with Taylor, who later sold Kate Middleton's 'catwalk' dress.

 

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