They toiled in utmost secrecy to create one of the most talked about dresses of all time, changing needles every three hours to ensure it stayed pristine.
And now the women of the Royal School of Needlework have been rewarded by the wearer of the magnificent ivory silk tulle and satin gown.
The Duchess of Cambridge dropped in to give them her thanks.
A friend told the Daily Telegraph. “Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress. She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under.”
During her visit the royal met around 30 of the staff members.
The work was shrouded in such secrecy the embroiders, who included one as young as 19, did not know the identity of the designer, Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen until it was announced.
Every 30 minutes the women had to wash their hands to make sure the fabric remained unsoiled.
Hand stitching the gown using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, they created a design which incorporated the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
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