Princess Diana Wedding Dress on Display in Connecticut

For so many, watching Kate Middleton’s walk down the aisle on April 29, 2011 was a walk down memory lane as the veil between the present and the past momentarily parted and recollections of another royal romance were revived. Now wedding watchers have the chance to relive all the pomp and pageantry of July 29, 1981– the day when Diana Spencer transformed from private citizen into a princess as they stroll through a chronicle of the life of the queen of people’s hearts in Diana, A Celebration.

More than 150 personal possessions ranging from cherished childhood toys, 28 designer dresses and photos from her charity work will provide an intimate portrait of the people’s princess for the Anglophiles who file into nine rooms at the Great Cedar Exhibition Hall inside Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, with the iconic Emanuel wedding gown providing the crowning glory to the display.

If they listen closely, the echo of the bells from St. Paul’s Cathedral will ring once gain in visitors’ collective memories as they enjoy an up close viewing of the “I do” dress of the century, complete with its 10,000 pearl and mother of pearl sequin accents, heirloom Carrickmacross lace embellishments and a 25-ft. train which still retains the honor of being the longest length of fabric on royal wedding record. The items which added an extra touch of glamor, including the Spencer tiara and the heart-ornamented Clive Shilton slippers which carried the bride to the altar, also have their moment in the spotlight.

An exclusive Northeast engagement, Diana, A Celebration will remain at Foxwoods Resort Casino through January 15, 2012. Exhibit admission is $25.

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