I have to hand it to the artists at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London: the new replicas of Prince William and Kate Middleton are half as creepy as I expected them to be. 


Officials unveiled the pair this morning, frozen in time with almost life-like precision and wearing similar outfits as seen during their engagement announcement back in 2010. "It was such an iconic moment in time — that's what people wanted to see here at Madame Tussauds," museum spokeswoman Liz Edwards told AFP.


And what does it cost to create a waxy doppelganger of a living person? Roughly $240,000 and four months. 


"We started by using as many pictures as we could get hold of from all sorts of different occasions and we pieced the head together from different photos to get the structure right— likeness is important but so is the expression," Louis Wiltshire, who made Kate's wax head, told the U.K. Telegraph.

"It takes about five weeks to sculpt the head in clay and the body takes about the same time," she added.


Up until this morning's unveiling, a wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II had been the most popular attraction at the London Madame Tussauds, which also has museums in 15 other cities around the world. Officials are already expecting the royal couple to steal the spotlight. 


''Catherine has her own star quality so we are expecting a lot of people to come, especially with the Easter weekend coming,'' Edwards said.


What do you think of the new wax figures? You can take another look in the video below:


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William and Kate wax figures added to Madame Tussauds
Royal couple's engagement announcement immortalized at the famous London museum.