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The wedding dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, is due to be exhibited at Kensington Palace. Diana’s famous dress will be the centerpiece of an exhibition that will take place in her former home the summer she would have celebrated her 60th birthday.
- The wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales (Royal Collection Trust All rights reserved)
Designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, the dress is part of a new event called “Royal Style in the Making,” which explores the relationship between royals and the designers whose creations shape their public image. Dresses from three generations of royal women will be on display, as will works of art and items from the archives of some of the most famous royal designers of the 20th century, some of which have never been seen before.
- Diana’s dress will be exhibited in a year of major anniversaries (Royal Collection Trust All rights reserved)
Diana’s wedding dress is on loan with permission from The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, who will both be at Kensington Palace this summer to unveil a statue of her mother on the sixtieth anniversary of her birth. This July also marks forty years since Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The exhibition, which opens on June 3, 2021, also offers a rare moment of royal fashion prep. A toile or full-size work sample of the coronation gown worn by Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in 1937 is also shown, just part of the work that royal favorite designer Madame Handley-Seymour put into the gown.
The Toile of the Coronation Gown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Photo from Historic Royal Palaces)
“Royal Style in the Making” takes place between June 3, 2021 and January 2, 2022 at Kensington Palace. Admission to the exhibition is included in the entrance fee to Kensington Palace. The palace will reopen to the public on May 26, 2021 with social distancing measures.
The toile was a working copy of the dress that would star in the 1937 Coronation (photo by Historic Royal Palaces).
Diana’s wedding dress is one of dozen of royal wedding dresses featured in our new anthology Royal Weddings: A Collection from Royal Central. You can buy it in e-book and paperback on Amazon.