question of the day: What is the appeal of Madame Tussauds?

Madame Tussaud's Kate and Prince William

Apparently lots of people are excited by the appearance of Prince William and Kate Middleton — aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — at Madame Tussauds in London. Not the actual duke and duchess, but wax replica statues of them. From the Guardian:

Photographers and camera crews jostled for position on Wednesday morning as Madame Tussauds in London unveiled its Catherine and William engagement tableau.

Stephen Mansfield, who made the prince’s head, has previously worked on waxworks such as David Cameron, the Duchess of Cornwall and David Beckham, said: “Visitors have been demanding this for ages, we do marketing work and the duke and duchess were right at the top of what people want to see.”

I just don’t get it. Do people feel like they’ve actually seen a celebrity in person if they stand near a waxwork replica?

What is the appeal of Madame Tussauds?

Can someone explain it to me?

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