The first waxworks of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been revealed at Madame Tussauds. The figures were modelled on a photograph of the official announcement of the royal engagement at St. James’s Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge’s waxwork is dressed in a replica of the blue Issa dress she wore on the day of her engagement.
Daniella Helayel of Issa, the designer behind the original navy blue classic, created an exact replica of the garment especially for the team at Tussauds. Prince William is dressed in his replica of the Gieves and Hawkes two piece single breasted navy suit recreated by the tailors.
The waxwork of The Duchess also sports a recreation of the sapphire and diamond engagement ring which was once worn by the late Princess Diana, while William wears a replica of the Omega Seamaster watch he wore on the engagement day.
The figures cost £150,000 each to make and a total of four months to complete. With a team of about 30 people painting the eyes, adding each strand of hair separately and styling the clothes and accessories. Louis Wiltshire, who made Kate’s head, said that in total it takes about five weeks to sculpt the head in clay and roughly the same amount of time for the body.
The couple will be featured amongst a long line of royals who have already been immortalised in wax. Madam Tussauds says they expect the waxworks to be extremely popular, as this will also be the first waxwork of the Duchess of Cambridge to be exhibited.
The couple will be featured in the London attraction’s special Royal zone situation nearby Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prince Harry and the late Princess Diana.
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Liz Edwards, PR Manager at Madam Tussauds comments that Kate and William are one of the most famous and best loved couples, and Catherine has become of the most stylish women on an international stage.
The unveiling coincides with a launch of a further two William and Kate waxwork figures at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam and New York. In the U.S Tussauds Kate will be wearing the pale lavender Alexander McQueen gown she wore to the BAFTA’s in London, and William will be dressed in a tuxedo. In Amsterdam Kate wears the black lace Temperely London gown, she wore at a recent red carpet appearance for the War Horse premier.