When Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement last November 16, tears were shed ’round the world as millions of women realized that their fantasy of walking down the aisle of Westminster Abbey as the bride of Prince William would never come true. The upcoming royal wedding on April 29, 2011, in London – sure to be one of the biggest media spectacles of the year – will further quash those girlhood princess bride dreams.
Luckily, ladies-in-waiting still have one last chance to play fiancee to the 28-year-old Prince of Wales. A new exhibit in London gives you the chance to marry Prince William, or at least a wax likeness of him. American artist Jennifer Rubell’s interactive exhibit titled “Engagement” includes a life-size waxy Will (with a more-generous-than-reality hairline), a replica of Kate’s diamond and sapphire engagement ring, and five libations associated with the British monarchy. Visitors to the installation are encouraged to slide on the ring, stand arm-in-arm with the beaming Wills, have a friend or a passer-by snap a photo of the happy couple, then enjoy a post-engagement toast with nips of rum, gin, Madeira wine, whisky, or sloe gin.
So, if you’re looking for a way to spice up your Facebook profile photo: put on your best dress, perfect your hair and make-up, and head over to the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London. But hurry! This limited “engagement” will only be on display until March 5, 2011.