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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Kate’s wedding dress draws record crowds at Buckingham

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut adjusts the wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace in London on July 20, 2011. (POOL - REUTERS)
Royal wedding watchers and eager Kate Middleton fans set a new record for the Buckingham Palace over the past few months. More than 600,000 visitors flocked to the State Rooms of the palace to catch a glimpse of the ivory silk gown the Duchess of Cambridge wore during her wedding to Prince William in April. The exhibit, which closed Monday night, far surpassed the record of 420,000 visitors in 1994, reports The Guardian.

The Duchess, who has reportedly been doing some research on what charities she will champion, has been officially named a patron of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. In her official philanthropic role, Kate will work with the objectives of the foundation, focusing on youth organizations and young people, environmental issues and the armed forces, particularly military members returning home from duty. The decision to give Kate an official role came after the Duke and Duchess helped open a children’s cancer unit last week.


GALLERY: Click the image above to view more images of the exhibit.

By Cara Kelly  |  02:44 PM ET, 10/05/2011

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