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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress To Be Exhibited At Buckingham Palace

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/06/2011 11:38 am Updated: 08/06/2011 5:12 am

Did your invitation to the Royal Wedding get lost in the mail? (Ours, too!)

No worries: officials from Buckingham Palace's Royal Collection announced on Monday that the Duchess of Cambridge's famed Alexander McQueen gown and other wedding day goodies will go on public display this summer, the AP reports.

Also included in the exhibit, the Telegraph revealed, will be Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen shoes, Cartier tiara, Robinson Pelham diamond earrings, and even the royal couple's wedding cake.

The announcement comes after weeks of speculation as to where the dress would first go on display -- the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Hampton Court Palace were both considered possibilities. A Clarence House spokesman told the Telegraph last Thursday, "The Duchess of Cambridge is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see, close-up, the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress by Sarah Burton and her team as well as the Royal School of Needlework."

Now, like Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II's dresses before it, the Sarah Burton-designed confection will join the royal treasures of Buckingham Palace's state rooms.

Planning a summer vacation to London? The exhibition will run from July 23 through October 3 as part of the state room tour, which costs about $29. Now, if only an Alexander McQueen dress could be had for such a low price...

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