THE world stood still on Friday to catch the first glimpse of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress – but one Worcester woman was taking particularly close interest in the detail.

Within four hours of the royal bride appearing in her designer gown, Karen Hamilton and made a replica version by hand.

Mrs Hamilton, of Marsh Avenue, Warndon Villages, owns Stella Liliana wedding dress shop in Studley in Warwickshire.

She set to work putting together her version of the royal gown just minutes after the royal bride stepped out of her wedding car at Westminster Abbey.

Together with seamstress Rachael Woodhouse, the pair spent four hours recreating the intricate waist-clinching bodice, full skirt and lace sleeves of the design by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Mrs Hamilton said that the look had already begun to influence the choices of brides-to-be who had visited her shop.

“We saw the picture of [Kate] getting in to the car and getting out of the car and it took the two of us four hours to do on Friday,” said the 41-year-old, who got into making wedding dresses after working in the costume department at Birmingham Royal Ballet.

“It was in the shop window by Friday afternoon.

"It’s quite unusual to have a sleeve, but I think it will definitely start a new trend as strapless dresses have been popular for so long.”

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