03/06/2011

Burton to design royal wedding dress ... or not

The big secret is out. Or is it?

The Sunday Times in London is reporting that Kate Middleton has chosen her wedding dress designer and the winner is ... Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house.

Sarah Burton Just hours after the report surfaced, however, representatives of the McQueen house in Paris denied the story. "This is not true," one told CNN after being asked if Burton has the highly-sought royal job.

As usual, Clarence House, which speaks for Prince William, kept mum on the subject.

"We're not commenting on the specific designer for the dress, because Catherine Middleton wishes to keep the designer a secret until the wedding day," they told CNN.

Burton, right, would not be a surprise choice. The 36-year-old has scored several major design assignments, most recently a red gown worn by Michelle Obama, bottom right, to a state dinner in Washington in January.

The Times quotes a fashion source and says "the dress will be a combination of Middleton's own design ideas and Burton's deep knowledge and understanding of high fashion."

Burton, 36, became McQueen's head designer last year following the suicide of the house's founder.

Obama Other designers who have been mentioned as contenders in the dress sweepstakes are Bruce Oldfield and Daniella Helayel.

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In other royal news, it appears the wedding isn't going to much of a joyous occasion when the tax bill comes in. The Daily Mail is reporting that security costs for the wedding could soar to $32 million (Canadian) because police will be paid double time for working the wedding day (Friday, April 29) that has been declared a holiday by the government.

By contast, the paper notes that security for the G20 conference in 2009 were about $12 million (Canadian) and when Charles and Diana were married in 1981, security was a mere $6 million.

 

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