She doesn't have an actual job, but that doesn't matter, because Kate Middleton's golden touch means that her wedding dress has earned the royal family £10million! The Sarah Burton creation for the Alexander McQueen label was the star attraction of an exhibition at the Queen's house (that's Buckingham Palace to commoners like us), and over 626,000 people went to visit it over 73-day period.
According to the Evening Standard, the exhibition in 2011 was much more popular than the one in the previous year. Visitor numbers were 52 per cent higher, mostly thanks to the display, which included the tiara and earrings Kate wore for her wedding to Prince William (or the Duke of Cambridge, as he's now properly known).
One important person wasn't a very big fan of the display, though. Her majesty, Queen Elizabeth, was upset with the case, labelling it "horrible" and "very creepy" because the dress and tiara were shown on a headless mannequin.
The wedding helped to boost interest in all things regal, with the Royal Collection's income leaping from £8.5million to £50.2million in 2011/12. Jonathan Marsden, director of the Royal Collection, said: "“Unprecedented numbers came to see the duchess’s wedding dress, as the centrepiece of a special display celebrating the role of British design.”
And Kate's taste doesn't come cheap. Accounts revealed last month showed that Prince Charles' spending has risen simply because he's been having to pay for the garb that Kate wears at official functions.
That £10million surely makes up for the estimated £35,000 Kate's spent on her wardrobe already this year, right? Right.