Royal couple replicated in wax

LONDON - They attract crowds of cameramen and hordes of press photographers everywhere they go -- even when they aren't really there.

Wax models of William and Kate went on display Wednesday at Madame Tussauds in London and were immediately swamped by onlookers keen to get close to the replica of the royal couple.

The figures are clothed in copies of the outfits they wore when they announced their engagement in November 2010.

"Since the royal wedding, guests from all around the world have been asking ‘Where is Catherine? We want to come and have our photo taken with her.' So we've recreated the iconic moment where they announced to the world that they are in love with each other," said Madame Tussauds spokeswoman Liz Edwards.

It took 20 people four months to construct the figures at a cost of about $239,000 each. The duchess' hair took six weeks alone.

In addition to London, wax works of the couple were also unveiled at the Madame Tussauds in New York and Amsterdam.