The news has been leaked from Buckingham Palace that Kate Middleton, the fiancee of Prince William, and soon to be his bride on April 29, will not only be wearing the engagement ring of the late Princess Diana, but will also be wearing the back-up dress that the Princess herself made for her wedding exactly 30 years ago.
Princess Diana was so concerned that her wedding dress should remain a secret, the designers, Emmanuel, had to make TWO dresses to throw nosy media off the scent. She wore the main dress up the altar to stunning effect in 1981, but the second dress was never required. That's the one Kate Middleton will be wearing, particularly because of the recession, apparently to avoid unnecessary expenses relating to the event. The wedding dress is usually one of the most expensive items of the occasion, so wearing a dress which is already made and waiting to hand would cut thousands of pounds off the final bill, and won't make the bash appear too extravagant.
According to an anonymous spokesperson at the Palace, "Miss Middleton suggested it herself as a mark of respect to the public in these economically trying times, and it was avidly agreed to by the Prince, especially as it was made for his mother."
As that dress has never been seen, and is apparently being 'modernised' to match Miss Middleton's taste, it will be guaranteed anonymity until it is worn. The public are waiting with bated breath to see it.
When asked his opinion, David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, thought it was an 'excellent idea'. He said the Coalition government was very proud of the bride-to-be, who is already displaying the empathy and common sense "so essential of a future queen".
He went on to add that, "Only fools in April would not agree with such a wise decision!"