A year ago, we launched the Te Papa Wedding Photo Gallery. We did so in conjunction with the news that the V&A’s sumptuous exhibition of 200 years of wedding fashion was coming to our shores. Both announcements were timed to coincide with the much-anticipated marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton – an event that sent much of the world into a wedding-obsessed frenzy.
Post-wedding we were constantly asked if we were ‘getting Kate’s gown?’ Well, we would have loved to have borrowed her Alexander McQueen gown, but alas it was not available - and believe me we really did try. However, we recently acquired the next best thing – Prince William and Catherine their wedding day, rendered in miniature by eight year old Brodie Domb.
And so with a little bit of pomp and ceremony, I am happy to ‘unveil’ the happy couple on their wedding day in celebration of the Duke and Duchess’s first anniversary.
Prince William might look a little more like Harry with his crop of reddy brown hair, but he looks super smart in his uniform, and Kate looks a picture in her long-sleeved gown and beaming smile. As with the Prince, young Brodie has taken some artistic licence with Kate – perhaps like some commentators she thought that Kate should have worn a fancier tiara and put her hair up. Either way, they are a great little addition to our collection of DIY Royal memorabilia.
The happy couple are currently on display at Te Papa on Level 2 in a case dedicated to children’s toys and activities. For some more peg doll inspiration visit Te Papa’s Collection Online.