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The duchess of Cambridge wedding dress and the London 2012 Olympic torch are among the designs competing to be crowned the best of the year. The dress designed by Sarah Burton is a resemblance by one worn by the actress Grace Kelly for her wedding to Rainier III who was the Prince of Monaco in April in 1956.It went on display in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace during the annual summer opening last year. The Olympic torch which was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby has been compared to a cheese grater or an ice cream cone.

They are both now short listed for the Design Museumís annual awards alongside the Olympic Velodrome in east London and the comedy carpet in Blackpool. The engraving at the bottom of the Blackpool tower features jokes and catchphrases of more than 1,000 comedians. The long listed designs are in seven different categories.

The overall winner for design of the year will be announced at a ceremony at the museum on April 24th, the exhibition curator Ria Hawthorn said the 3D printing machine that points to the future should reflect the design and impact on peopleís lives.