Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Could Attract More Visitors to Buckingham Palace in a Single Summer Than Ever Before

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II  and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge view the exhibitions for the summer opening of Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2011 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge's intricately decorated wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen is currently on display at Buckingham Palace (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate taking crap from the queen at the opening of the exhibit. Photo: WPA Pool/2011 Getty Images

Since opening on July 23, the exhibit at Buckingham Palace of Kate Middleton's wedding dress — that garment that reignited excitement in the monarchy more than any royal-blooded person ever could — has drawn more than 354,000 visitors, with ticket sales expected to reach around $13 million. The exhibit is likely to only add to the list of records broken by this summer's royal wedding, which already includes television viewership and, probably, Pippa's butt's near-instantaneous icon status. Last summer 413,000 people visited the palace — the most since 420,000 went in 1994.

Kate's royal wedding dress set to make £8m as record numbers flock to Buckingham Palace [Daily Mail UK]