London: Wills and Kate immortalised! The waxworks of William and wife Kate were unveiled on Wednesday at Madame Tussauds in London ahead of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of their marriage. (Agencies)
The first-ever waxwork of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds and is paired with a new, updated version of Prince William's waxwork, with the two statues taking months of careful work to complete.
The unveiling of the statues in the UK coincides with a launch of two further Kate and William waxworks, at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam and New York, a daily reported. Prince William and Kate Middleton had a fairytale wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, last year, and their first wedding anniversary is just round the corner.
The Tussauds artists worked from the iconic pose of the two at the announcement of their engagement, when Kate wore the now famous blue dress to match the stunning sapphire engagement ring, once Diana's, that she had just been given by her prince.
Daniella Helayel of Issa, the design house behind the original dress, created an exact replica of the garment especially for the team at Tussauds.
Prince William is in a replica of the Gieves and Hawkes navy two piece single breasted suit recreated by the renowned tailors. He stands with his hands clasped in front of him and Kate smiles broadly next to him.
Tussauds revealed that the couple were kept closely informed of work on the figures at every stage of the creation, a process continuing a relationship with the Royal family that goes back 180 years, when Madame Tussaud opened her first attraction in London featuring the figure of King William IV.
The figures cost 150,000 pounds each to make and took a dedicated team of artists four months to create.
The couple will be featured in the London attraction's special Royal zone in a resplendent throne room setting.
Situated nearby are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince Harry and the late Princess Diana.
Staff at Madame Tussauds believe that they will be even more popular than the Queen.
"The Queen is the most popular attraction but since the royal wedding fever we've had people coming in to see William when he was without Catherine," Liz Edwards, from Madame Tussauds was quoted as saying by the Sun.
London: Wills and Kate immortalised! The waxworks of William and wife Kate were unveiled on Wednesday at Madame Tussauds in London ahead of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of their marriage.