Where else can visitors mingle with Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Einstein and BB-8? Madame Tussaudss of course! Madame Tussaud’s wax museum debuted in London in 1836 and has since opened locations all over the globe to share with its visitors life-sized wax replicas of famous people from throughout history.
The museum unveiled its latest figure, Meghan Markle (lovingly referred to as “The Markle Sparkle”) this week in its London and New York museums.
And on May 19, the just-around-the-corner day of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, the public will have a chance to view the happy couple up close at both locations.
Madame Tussauds’ London presentation features Meghan and Harry posed in front of a 15-foot wide video wall where visitors can “hang out” with the couple with props and backdrops of their choosing for selfies with the royal couple.
Choices include a beach backdrop as well as one of a wedding cake and reception.
The New York display offers an afternoon tea setup where guests can pose at a proper petite dining table with tea and sandwiches in a setting backed with burgundy walls and gold gilt mirrors.
Prince Harry’s figure originally appeared at the museum in 2014 to mark his 30th birthday. For the Markle reveal, his likeness has been updated to depict his new beard.
Markle’s London figure dress is her sold-out emerald green P.A.R.O.S.H. that she wore at the couples’ engagement announcement, whereas the New York figure sports a black-and-white dress with a flowing, tea-length ballroom skirt and mosaic lace top that features short sleeves and a jewel neckline.
Both figures feature Markle’s sparkling engagement ring that Prince Harry designed.
The figures each cost more than $200,000 to craft, and while most subjects appear in person to pose for their likenesses and to be measured for them, Markle did not appear in person for the “fitting and measuring” process. The staff relied on photographs, television stills, and other research to capture the actress’s “infectious and warm personality.”
Both locations are offering pre-wedding festivities and live streaming of the royal wedding.
In New York, guests can celebrate with a champagne brunch celebration. The London museum is also offering an adults-only “hen and stag” party on May 18 with a bar and a DJ.
Other figures of the royal family featured at Madame Tussauds in London include Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Madame Tussauds has 24 locations all over the globe. It features museums in the United States, including Hollywood, New York, and San Francisco. Its Asian locales include Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. There’s a museum in Sydney, Australia, as well as European presences in Berlin, London, and Vienna.