Happy anniversary, Kate and Wills! Madame Tussauds unveil waxworks of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate one year of marriageStatues cost 150,000 each and took months to makeFurther waxworks of the two to be unveiled in New York and Amsterdam
13:55 GMT, 4 April 2012
The first ever waxwork of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London this morning.
The model, Kate's first, is paired with a new, updated version of Prince William's waxwork – with the two statues taking months of careful work to complete.
The Tussauds artists worked from the iconic pose of the two at the announcement of their
engagement, when Kate wore the now famous blue dress to match the
stunning sapphire engagement ring, once Diana's, that she had just been
given by her prince.
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Uncanny: Madame Tussauds unveil their new statues of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The waxwork is Kate's first
Daniella Helayel of Issa, the design
house behind the original dress, created an exact replica of the garment
especially for the team at Tussauds.
Prince William is in a replica of the Gieves and Hawkes navy two piece single breasted suit recreated by the renowned tailors.
Catherine’s figure wears on her hand an accurate recreation of her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, while William wears a replica of the Omega Seamaster watch he wore on his engagement day.
Tussauds revealed that the couple
were kept closely informed of work on the figures at every stage of the
creation, a process continuing a relationship with the Royal family that
goes back 180 years, when Madame Tussaud opened her first attraction in
London featuring the figure of King William IV.
The figures cost 150,000 each to make and took a dedicate team of artists four months to create.
Exact replicas: Madame Tussauds worked with Issa and Gieves & Hawkes to ensure the clothes worn by the couple would be perfect representations of the real thing
portrayal: The modelling artists, working from the couple's engagement
announcement photograph, captured the happy expressions on their faces
The couple will be featured in the London attraction’s special Royal zone in a resplendent throne room setting.
Situated nearby are Her Majesty The
Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess
of Cornwall, as well as Princess Harry and the late Princess Diana.
'We are delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess to Madame Tussauds London,' commented Liz Edwards, PR Manager at Madame Tussauds London.
'They are one of the most famous and best loved couples in the World and Catherine has rapidly become one of the most stylish women on the international stage.
'We know our guests are going to relish the opportunity to get up close to them and join them in celebrating their first wedding anniversary later this month.'
Poignant: Kate and William's waxworks are positioned near Diana's, and she is seen to be looking fondly over to the couple
Resplendent: The attraction's Throne Room plays host to the new statues, with Prince Harry's waxwork also nearby
Intricate work: A Madame Tussauds worker puts the finishing touches to the waxworks
Visitors are expected to pour through
the doors in their droves to catch a glimpse of the new statues, with
queues already forming outside the Baker St. attraction.
The unveiling of the statues in the UK coincides with a launch of two further Kate and William waxworks, at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam and New York.
In the U.S, Tussauds, Kate will be
wearing the pale lavender floor-length Alexander McQueen gown she wore
at the Bafta Brits To Watch event in London, while William will be
dressed in a tuxedo.
In Amsterdam, Kate is immortalised
wearing the black lace Temperley London gown she wore for her recent red
carpet appearance at the War Horse premiere.
A fourth attraction, Madame Tussauds
Blackpool, will include the figures later this month and will show
Catherine in a replica of the Jenny Packham dress from her appearance at
the ARK Charity Dinner, again created in collaboration with the
The original: Artists used photographs and footage taken from the couple's engagement announcement, held in St James's Palace in 2010
VIDEO: The Duchess of Cambridge stands alongside Prince William at Madame Tussauds