The Queen Mary may be a retired ocean liner, but Anglophiles are currently charting a course for royal romance aboard the vintage vessel as they visit the recently launched Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibition.
For followers of fashion, forms will display nine pieces of designer attire which spans the arc of Diana’s rise to style icon, from the delicate designs of her early years as the Princess of Wales to the commanding creations of Catherine Walker in the 90’s. An array of Diana dolls will also showcase miniature version of divine designs, while sightseers intrigued by the love story of Charles and Diana can see a hand-carved bench which which was presented to the couple as a wedding gift.
More than 2,000 personal possessions chronicle the life not only of the queen of people’s hearts, but also the pomp and pageantry of royals past and present. Monarchical memories from distant yesterdays come to life once more as visitors view letters written by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother or get a glimpse of the pink negligee which was once in the possession of Wallis Simpson, the woman whose relationship with Edward VIII changed the face of history.
Wedding watchers can get an up close look at the 17-foot train which trailed behind Sarah Ferguson’s nuptial number, while fans of today’s trend-setting royals can see the see-through dress which caught Prince William’s eye when worn by Kate Middleton on the runway at a university fashion show and the demure Issa design which complemented her sapphire and diamond engagement ring on the day she stood by her future husband’s side to announce their impending I do’s.
Presented in partnership with Pink Ribbons Crusade, Diana: Legacy of a Princess– which is presently on display in the Queen Mary’s gallery in Long Beach, California– is a happening with heart, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting City of Hope.
Admission: $34.95 for an adult ticket; $23.95 for children between the ages of 5 – 11.
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