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Queen spooked by Catherine's wedding dress display

July 23, 2011

The wedding dress of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen as it is prepared for display at Buckingham Palace in London July 20, 2011. – Reuters photo

LONDON: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly described as “creepy” a new exhibition featuring the wedding dress worn by the former Kate Middleton when she married Prince William in April.

The Alexander McQueen dress is being exhibited on a headless mannequin in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace, with the tiara and veil that the now Duchess of Cambridge wore, suspended above it.

During a private tour with her new granddaughter-in-law before the exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, the queen was heard to say “horrible” and “horrid” as she stood in front of the dress.

“It's made to look very creepy,” said the monarch, while Catherine responded that it had a “3D effect”, according to a reporter from Britain's Press Association news agency who was there.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “This was part of a private conversation between the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge and we do not comment on private conversations”.

The dress, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, is made of ivory and white satin-gazar (stiffened organza) and will be on display as part of the summer exhibition at the palace, which runs until October 3.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to see the gown following huge interest in the April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey, which was watched by an estimated two billion people worldwide.