The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive
A Royal Arrival
Earlier this month the likenesses of The Duke and Duchess were also unveiled at Madame Tussauds attractions in London, New York and Amsterdam with each location portraying the Duchess in a different style.
In Blackpool the hugely popular couple are portrayed as they first appeared at Kensington Palace for their first official public engagement as a married couple at the ARK Charity Dinner.
Jenny Packham made an exact copy of her stunning dress she wore while Prince William is wearing a debonair navy suit provided by Gieves and Hawkes. Kate’s pearlescent rose sequin Jenny Packham gown with Swarovski crystal is from the designer’s Spring 2011 ready to wear collection, stunningly recreated with mesh inserts at the neckline, shoulders and sleeves.
She is also sporting a painstakingly accurate recreation of the stunning sapphire and diamond engagement ring once worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales and her wedding ring. Plus earrings identical earrings to the ones she wore on the evening, bought from Links of London. Her actual rose suede sandals from LK Bennett and satin clutch bag from Prada have also been purchased to ensure the figure recreates the look perfectly.
Madame Tussauds New York’s Duchess wears a replica Alexander McQueen floor-sweeping gown from the BAFTA Brits to Watch Awards whilst in Amsterdam she is captured her most recent appearance at the War Horse premiere where she wore a lace Temperley London number. Madame Tussauds London featured Catherine wearing an exact recreation of her blue Issa London engagement dress. All outfits have been created in collaboration with the original designers.
Matthew Titherington, general manager of Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess to Madame Tussauds Blackpool. 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”
The couple were kept closely informed of work on the figures at every stage of the creation process continuing a Royal relationship that goes back 180 years when Madame Tussaud opened her first attraction in London featuring the figure of King William IVth. The figures each cost £150,000 to make and took a dedicate team of artists four months to create.