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Diana: A Celebration Opens in Kansas City

The strains of “Goodbye England’s Rose” currently greets visitors who click on the website of Kansas City’s Union Station, tugging at the heartstrings and instantly transporting Anglophiles down memory lane as they recall the life of the people’s princess.

From March 4 – June 12, 2011, hundreds of personal possessions will help to paint a portrait of the late Princess of Wales for royal watchers during a tour of Diana: A Celebration. Housed inside a 12,000 square foot exhibit, nine galleries offer intimate glimpses of various stage’s of Diana’s life, starting with items with which we all can identify–school report cards and cherished toys which wear the marks of childhood hugs. Just as the time for playthings pass, sightseers leave the display of Diana’s early years for items of adolescence, which include rarely seen family photos.

Romantics who eagerly await Kate Middleton’s walk down the aisle can relive Lady Diana Spencer’s transformation into a royal bride with objects from the most famous wedding of the 20th century, including Diana’s iconic “I do” dress. Created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, admirers can marvel at the intricacies of the heirloom Carrickmacross lace, 10,000 pearls and mother of pearl sequins and the 25-foot train which swept behind the beloved bride as she made her way to the altar at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

Followers of fashion will flock to the gallery containing the clothing which chronicles the princess’s path from young bride to confident woman, while condolence books and the revised lyrics to Elton John offers a moment of contemplation for a soul who continues to touch hearts.

Diana: A Celebration exhibit

When: March 4 – June 12, 2011

Where: Union Station at 30 West Pershing Road in Kansas City, Missouri

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