Kate's dress could go on public show: palace

The wedding dress which dazzled the two billion people who watched Friday's wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William could go on public display, Prince Charles's Clarence House office said Sunday.

The intricately decorated gown created by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house was roundly praised for its modern take on traditional designs, drawing comparisons to the 1956 wedding dress worn by Grace Kelly.

"The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate's new title) is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see close up the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress," a spokesman said.

The palace official could not disclose when or where the dress might go on display although many of Princess Diana's gowns went on show at London's Kensington Palace.

The dress was the nation's best-kept secret until the moment Kate stepped out of the car at Westminster Abbey with even the gown's team of embroiderers at Hampton Court Palace unaware of what they were working on until Friday morning.

At that iconic moment, designers worldwide frantically sketched plans for imitation dresses, which are expected to be in mass production by June.

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