Princess Diana’s wedding dress will be on display at Kensington Palace
The marriage between future Princess Diana and Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 – which was recently dramatized in the hit Netflix series The crown-was a global event. About 750 million people listened to the program; Britain has declared their nuptials a national holiday.
So it’s no surprise that the dress worn by Diana is among the most famous bridal declarations of all time. For the first time in years, admirers will soon be able to see it on a large public display.
Diana’s former residence at Kensington Palace in London has announced that the dress will be on display from June 3, 2021 to January 2, 2022 as part of her “Royal Style in the Making” exhibition. Previously, it was on view to the public at Diana’s Althorp childhood home (which inspired the Bridgertons’ ancestral home in Netflix. Bridgerton).
Although Diana put the dress on public view, designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel were responsible for making a dress fit for a princess. The train measured 25 feet, while the lace was made from Carrickmacross materials that belonged to Queen Mary, Diana’s great-grandmother. Over 10,000 pearls accented the dress. The details of the design were so closely watched that reporters were only able to take a look at them on the day of the ceremony, when they received a sealed envelope with information. The Emanuels even designed an emergency dress in case someone gets wind of their favorite design early on.
Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, inherited the dress in 2014. She has made appearances in various exhibitions around the world over the years.
The dress will be on view at Kensington Palace for anyone paying standard admission (£ 23, or around $ 32 for adults, £ 11.50 or $ 16 for children 5-15).
[h/t Marie Claire]