x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Wax version of Prince William is a model groom

Life-size wax model of Prince William gives every would-be royal bride a chance to stand arm-in-arm with their fantasy groom

Admirers of Britain's Prince William will get the chance to find out how Kate Middleton felt standing by his side when their engagement was announced, with the help of a life-size model unveiled Monday.

American artist Jennifer Rubell has created the wax model of William, which will be displayed at a London exhibition from Tuesday, ahead of the couple's wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29.

The model is complete with a replica of Middleton's sapphire and diamond engagement ring -- and would-be royal brides can live out their fairytale fantasy by slipping on the ring and standing arm-in-arm with the prince.

"It's the feminine equivalent of winning the lottery," said Rubell, 40.

"William is a living Prince Charming. When reality offers you a living, breathing human being that occupies a reality that's existed for thousands of years -- that's very attractive."

Rubell, a former food writer from New York, also features in her exhibition five drinks associated with the monarchy and British empire which visitors can sample -- rum, gin, Madeira wine, whisky and sloe gin.

"You can make a toast to the happy couple you've just become," she joked.