Yesterday, on behalf of the Madame Tussauds in Washington DC, the British Deputy Ambassador to the United States, Patrick Davies, unveiled the newest waxworks of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the world.
Due to the hectic schedules of the royal couple (and the birth of Prince George, of course) both were unable to sit for the waxworks. Therefore the figures were created by using video footage and photographs to craft a realistic resemblance of the Duke and Duchess. The two figures took four months to be completed by the chief sculptors Louis Wiltshire and Stephen Mansfield.
The figures are based on William and Catherine’s stunning appearance at the Los Angeles BAFTA gala during their first official royal tour of the USA and Canada in 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge is seen wearing a copy of the beautiful pale lilac Alexander McQueen dress she wore at the evening event, along with her iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which previously belonged to William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince William is shown to be wearing a dinner suit and bow tie.
Waxworks of the royal couple have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with more waxworks being created in a number of Madame Tussauds museums across the world. Just before the birth of the couple’s son, Madame Tussauds in London dedicated a whole room of the museum to the couple due to the growing demand for visitors to have their photo taken with them. The figures of William and Catherine now reside in their own special summer garden setting in the London museum in replicas of the clothes that they wore on the day that they announced their engagement to the press in 2010, with Catherine in a navy blue Issa dress.
Madame Tussauds has had good relations with the British royal family since William IV opened the museum in London in 1835.