Kate Middleton Gets Waxed (No, Not Like That!) at Madame Tussauds
The Duchess of Cambridge is finally getting her own wax statue as part of the Royal Family at Madame Tussauds wax museum!
Have you ever been to a Madame Tussauds? If you haven’t, we highly recommend a trip; yes, they can be kind of touristy, but they also feature the most stunning wax sculptures you’ll ever see (some of them even look more lifelike than their real-life counterparts!). For those of you not in the know, Madame Tussauds is a chain of wax museums with locations all over the globe. The museums feature everyone from celebrities to historical personages, but no matter which category you fall under, it’s kind of a big deal when you become famous enough to earn a wax statue of your own.
And hey, guess what? Kate Middleton is finally getting her own wax figure! She’ll be joining her Prince William (aka the Duke of Cambridge and Kate’s hubby), Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Camilla, Diana, and (of course) the Queen in the Royal Family section of the museum this spring. But here’s the big news: Kate’s statue won’t just be appearing at one of Madame Tussauds many locations. Nope: She’ll be making her debut at FOUR of them. Why is this a big deal? Because this is the first time that it’s ever happened. A rep for Madame Tussauds told People, “It is the first time that we have had a member of the royal family make their debut in multiple locations.” Mazel tov!
So: What will all these Kate statues be wearing? Well, in London, she’ll sport her iconic blue engagement dress by Issa:
In New York, the lilac, Grecian-inspired Alexander McQueen number she wore to the BAFTA gala in L.A.:
In Amsterdam, the black lace Temperley dress from the War Horse premiere:
And in Blackpool, she’ll be wearing Jenny Packham. We don’t know which dress in particular yet, but we’re hoping it’s this romantic blush-colored gown from last June’s ARK gala:
The rep for Madame Tussaud went on to tell People, “All four designers have been involved in making the dresses and the Duke and Duchess have kept informed at every stage of the creation process.” The London, New York, and Amsterdam statues will all be unveiled simultaneously on April 4, while the Blackpool statue will make its first appearance later in April.
Madame Tussaud was a real person, by the way; born in 1761, Anna Maria Tussaud got her start in wax modeling when Dr. Philippe Curtius, a man who was employing her as a housekeeper, taught her the art of wax modeling. She managed to survive the French Revolution (though narrowly—she was almost beheaded), during which she made death masks, and in 1802, she moved to London and started what would become the Madame Tussaud’s we know and love today.
Find out more about Madame Tussauds here!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.