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OTRC: Kate Middleton's wedding dress to be on display over the summer

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding in London Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo / Martin Meissner)

Kate Middleton's wedding dress will be on display at Buckingham Palace this summer, from Saturday July 23 until October 3.

"I think the thing that people will really see when they come here to view the dress is just how beautiful the detail is," said curator Caroline de Guitaut of the Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which spurred copycat designs around the world.

The gown, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, was kept secret until Middleton, formerly known as Kate Middleton and now referred to formally as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, married Prince William in London on April 29 in a ceremony watched by millions of people around the world, including more than 22 million viewers in the United States.

The exhibit will also include the veil, tiara, Alexander McQueen shoes and diamond earrings the Duchess of Cambridge wore when she married Prince William. The couple's multi-tiered 3-foot-high fruit wedding cake will be shown in the State Dining room.

The exhibit will be part of the "Summer Opening" of the palace, where visitors will be able to tour some of the state rooms.

The Royal couple recently finished a brief tour of North America last week where they began on June 30 in Canada and ended in Los Angeles on July 10.

Prince William and Kate met with celebrities at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brits to Watch and went to Santa Barbara for a charity polo match. The Royal couple also met with kids at the Inner-City Arts in the impoverished area of Skid Row and visited veterans and military families at a job fair in Culver City.

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