Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and the Queen view her royal wedding dress


Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and the Queen view her royal wedding dress

Seems like only yesterday, dear: The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge relive glorious royal wedding day with private viewing of THAT dress

11:25 AM on 25th July 2011

Admiration: The Queen talks with the Duchess of Cambridge as they view the wedding dress the Duchess wore during her April marriage to Prince William

Admiration: The Queen talks with the Duchess of Cambridge as they view the wedding dress the Duchess wore during her April marriage to Prince William

Enlarge The Queen and Kate view her wedding dress Enlarge Queen Elizabeth admires the Duchess of Cambridge

Viewing: The Duchess of Cambridge, in a Joseph dress, arrives at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, to see the wedding dress and cake before both go on public display

Enlarge Animated: The Queen looks deep in conversation with Kate Enlarge One is spooked: The Queen was heard to describe the headless mannequin as

Animated: The Queen appears to be deep in conversation with Kate at Buckingham Palace today

Enlarge Exhibition: The monarch, her hands clasped behind her back, led the way as she and Kate toured the displays in Buckingham Palace

Exhibition: The monarch, her hands clasped behind her back, led the way as she and Kate toured the displays in Buckingham Palace

Style queen: The Duchess of Cambridge exuded elegance and poise as she walked around Buckingham Palace today

Style queen: The Duchess of Cambridge exuded elegance and poise as she walked around Buckingham Palace today

Fit for a Duchess: Kate Middleton

Fit for a Duchess: Kate Middleton”s stunning wedding gown is going on display at the weekend, alongside other items from the big day

Fit for a duchess: 58 gazar buttons run from the collar to the waste of the dress The beauty is in the detail: Kate

Beauty in the detail: 58 gazar buttons run from the collar to the waist on the gown, while Kate”s veil is made of soft ivory silk tulle and stitched with flowers

Something borrowed: This 1936 Cartier tiara was loaned to Kate by Queen and contains 1,000 glittering diamonds

Something borrowed: This 1936 Cartier tiara was loaned to Kate by the Queen and contains 1,000 glittering diamonds

Icing on the cake: The top three layers of the cake are replicas, with two saved for the couple

Icing on the cake: The top three layers of the cake are replicas, with two saved for the couple”s first child”s Christening, as tradition dictates

The first cut: The mark made by the couple using a ceremonial sword is clearly visible on the bottom tier of the cake

The first cut: The mark made by the couple using a ceremonial sword is clearly visible on the bottom tier of the cake

Twinkle toes: The duchess

Twinkle toes: The duchess”s hand-stitched shoes were designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and are size five-and-a-half

Bouquet of memories: A silk replica of Kate

Bouquet of memories: A silk replica of Kate”s flowers include sweet william, myrtle, lily of the valley and hyacinth

Little acorns: The Duchess

Little acorns: The Duchess”s diamond earrings were a present from her parents for the wedding, and bear acorns as a nod to her family”s new coat of arms

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Showstopper: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, wearing the dress in all its glory, emerge from Westminster Abbey on their wedding day

Showstopper: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, wearing the dress in all its glory, emerge from Westminster Abbey on their wedding day

Spectacular: Pippa Middleton carries the train of her sister

Spectacular: Pippa Middleton carries the train of her sister”s gown, which was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and described as being sized “small” by the exhibition”s curator