Kate Middleton wedding dress: Thousands queue around Buckingham Palace

Kate Middleton wedding dress: Thousands queue around Buckingham Palace

Royal wedding magic returns as thousands flock back and queue around Buckingham Palace to see Kate”s breathtaking wedding dress up close

1:46 PM on 26th July 2011

The royal queue: The Duchess of Cornwall

The royal queue: The Duchess of Cornwall”s iconic wedding dress is bound to be a draw for the crowds who gather outside Buckingham Palace

Crowd-pleaser: People queue far into the distance eager to catch a glimpse of the world

Crowd-pleaser: People queue far into the distance eager to catch a glimpse of the world”s most famous wedding dress

First ones in: The dress is expected to attract at least 250,000 visitors while its on display

First ones in: The dress is expected to attract at least 250,000 visitors while its on display

Catching a glimpse: Fans patiently wait for the gates of Buckingham Palace to open

Catching a glimpse: Fans patiently wait for the gates of Buckingham Palace to open

Reliving the big day: The intricate design of the Alexander McQueen dress will be seen close-up by visitors to the palace

Reliving the big day: The intricate design of the Alexander McQueen dress will be seen close-up by visitors to the palace

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