Prince William will be the last person in the world to see his bride-to-be’s wedding dress after the entire world has had a good look, St James’s Palace admitted today.
Members of the public will get their first glimpse of the much-anticipated gown for the first time when she leaves The Goring Hotel in Belgravia at 10.51am.
Further glimpses will be afforded during the nine minute drive in Prince Charles’s personal Rolls-Royce to Westminster Abbey.
The dress will finally be unveiled in all its glory at 11am – or slightly afterwards, if she is traditionally late – when Kate walks into the venue in front of the world’s media.
Until the last minute William will, however, be ensconced with his brother and best man, Prince Harry, in a tiny chapel inside the Abbey.
Although he is due to arrive at Westminster three quarters of an hour before Kate in order to meet and greet close members of his family, the groom will be shepherded into the tiny, open-walled St Edmund’s Chapel, on the south side of the Abbey, at 10.40am.
This will allow him some ‘quiet, reflective time’ before Kate arrives – and prevent him from catching a glimpse of her on the screens positioned inside the building.