Replica Kate dress on show in Belfast

Published Saturday, 30 April 2011
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A replica of Kate's royal wedding dress has gone on display at Victoria Square in Belfast, and is drawing huge crowds to the city centre mall.

The dress, which was revealed on Friday morning as Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William, was the subject of months of speculation.

The royal bride walked down the aisle in the ivory gown with lace applique floral detail, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Shoppers turned out in numbers at Belfast's Victoria Square complex on Saturday to see the replica, which was made by local designer Mary-Rose McGrath.

"It was a joint effort," she told UTV. "I've a really brilliant team and we all got together yesterday, sat down and the minute Kate stepped out we were sketching, starting to cut fabrics, it was all go.

"I thought she was absolutely magnificent, such a beautiful girl and a fantastic style, timeless, elegant and everything a princess should be."

Copies of the dresses worn by Kate's bridesmaids are also featured in the display, alongside a replica of her tiara made by designer Lauren Fiona Rankin from Coleraine.

Meanwhile thousands of people across Northern Ireland held street parties to mark the historic occasion on Friday.

Some of the largest celebrations took place in Belfast, Londonderry, Newtownards and Templepatrick, as the country enjoyed a day of pageantry and fun, which will long be remembered.

The title of was Baron and Baronness Carrickergus was bestowed upon the newlyweds, leading to speculation that the Co Antrim town could be in line for a royal visit.

But for now the royal couple have decided to take a short break, departing by helicopter from the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Saturday morning.

They said they have decided to postpone their honeymoon with Prince William due to return to work next week.

After a hectic few months the couple have asked for privacy as they begin their married life.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
vince in co.down wrote (1,077 days ago):
This designer must have been watching the wrong wedding!Doesnt come close to the real thing.
Vee in Belfast wrote (1,082 days ago):
Michpost is quite right. Incidently by the look of what is on the screen this dress is only very vaguely like the dress Kate wore on Friday!
michpost in Newtownabbey wrote (1,085 days ago):
Let us trust that Victoria will take greater care of this replica dress, than 'she' managed with the Sand Sculpure...
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