LONDON — Fans of Prince William and Duchess Kate will now be able to pose for as many photos as they want with the royal couple, since the Madame Tussauds wax museum unveiled its first figures of them on Wednesday. There are three versions of them on display in London, Amsterdam and New York City.
In London, Kate is wearing a replica of the blue Issa dress she wore to announce her engagement in November 2010, while William has on a replica of the Gieves and Hawkes navy two-piece single-breasted suit and Omega Seamaster watch.Slideshow: Seeing double: Celebrities get the wax treatment (on this page)
No detail has been left out, from Kate’s dimples, diamond and sapphire engagement ring and perfectly coifed brown locks, to William’s thinning hair. The couple were set in front of a gold-trimmed red throne.
"The duchess has been the most requested figure since their engagement so there is a huge appetite to see her," Liz Edwards, public relations manager at Madame Tussauds London, told TODAY.com. "The guests that have been in today have been so excited to see the royal couple, and with it being the Jubilee year we expect visitors from all over the world to come and see them."Story: How did Kate's first speech stack up to Diana's?
The couple were kept up to date on every stage of the creation process, according to the museum.
“It’s a longstanding and welcome tradition for Madame Tussauds to make figures of members of the royal family and the duke and duchess are looking forward to seeing the coverage from the launch," a royal spokesman told TODAY.com.
In New York, the couple is featured in the clothing they wore to the formal BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles this past July, with Kate in a lilac, floor-length Alexander McQueen gown, accessorized with a chunky diamond bracelet and nude clutch. William is wearing a tux.Slideshow: Duchess Kate’s royal style (on this page)
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In Amsterdam, the wax Kate wears a replica of the black lace Alice Temperley dress she donned for the premiere of “War Horse” in London this past January.
A team of artists worked for four months to create the figures, collaborating with the original clothing designers to get every detail just right. Even their heights are exact. But perfection doesn’t come cheap: Each figure costs around $300,000 to make.
A fourth set will be unveiled later in April at Madame Tussauds Blackpool in northwestern England, with Kate in a pastel and metallic Jenny Packham dress from her appearance at the ARK charity dinner.
"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," Edwards said.Slideshow: The life of Duchess Kate (on this page)
As in life, the rest of the royals aren’t too far. At the London museum, Kate and William are surrounded by the queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, Princess Diana and Prince Charles and Camilla.
Over the years, the museum has created more than 20 models of the queen, who has sat for the museum’s team of designers six times.Story: Royal family bonding: Kate getting close to Wills' kin
The figures of William and Kate were unveiled only weeks before heir first wedding anniversary. In the past year, they have seen their popularity both at home in Britain and abroad soar.
They are expected to play a large role in the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and plan to visit other Commonwealth countries later in the year on her behalf.
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