I think somewhere in London Kate Middleton is dancing around in a pile of money and laughing her ass off right now. And she should, she was totally right about putting her wedding dress on display at Buckingham Palace. Her Alexander McQueen gown drew in more than 600,000 visitors over a 10-week period. Paying visitors, I might add, whose admissions fees totalled $16,241,400. Cha ching! Kate and her palace buddies are rolling in the deep over there.
But they're not keeping it -- the alleged 16 mill will go to charities. But that doesn't mean Kate can't play a little game of "I told you so" with Queen Elizabeth. Remember how she was all against the exhibit?
Because she really was. The Queen didn't want Kate's dress, shoes, tiara, and wedding cake replica to go on display. She called the idea "horrid" and "dreadful." I wonder if she's apologized to Kate and her wedding dress with a curtsy of regret after she learned how much moola the exhibit raked in. The Queen's benefiting from ticket sales too, you know.
Some of the money is going to the Royal Collection, which takes care of all their old shit like paintings, and treasures, and Queen Elizabeth's baby book. Stuff like that. The Collection needs funding like any preservation charity does and Kate's come through big time for them. What a way to ingratiate herself further into the family -- a fatty check never hurt anyone's feelings.
The rest of the money will go the charity that Kate and Will established as their wedding registry. Since they already had the Target-brand blender and stainless steel trash can that doesn't show fingerprints, they had asked guests and well-wishers to instead donate to a charity of the royal couple's choice.
As for Kate's magnificent dress, it's going into the back of some hermetically sealed closet only to be handled by breathless elves with lace hands. The Palace says it won't go on display again for years to come, but something tells me that if the Royal Collection fund starts declining, the Queen might send that dress over to New York for a little visit. Eh, Queen Mum? Ehhh??
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