Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Princess Diana Exhibit

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has mounted a new exhibition on Princess Diana that opens October 2nd.
From October 2 through December 31, 2009, the
National Constitution Center will host the international traveling exhibition, Diana: A Celebration, providing an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the life and work of
the Princess of Wales.

From the press release:

"Making its East Coast debut, and returning to the United States for the first time since 2007, the award-winning exhibition explores Diana's childhood, her engagement to HRH
Prince Charles, their royal wedding, their children, and Diana's life and work as a global humanitarian and model citizen. Diana: A Celebration is on loan from the Althorp Estate,
the Spencer Family’s 500-year-old ancestral home in England."

“This exhibition is a remarkable tribute to Princess Diana’s life and work,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO Linda E. Johnson. “Because she was admired by millions across the globe, we expect Diana: A Celebration to have broad appeal, which will allow the Center to expand its audience and, in turn, introduce more visitors to the remarkable stories of ‘We the People’ celebrated here every day.”

Covering 10,000 square feet, Diana: A Celebration features over 150 artifacts organized
into nine galleries: Childhood, Spencer Women, Engagement, Royal Wedding, Tiara
Gallery, Style & Fashion, Her Work, Tribute, and Condolences.

Highlights include:

· Diana’s royal wedding gown, diamond tiara, veil, 25-ft. train, shoes, parasol, and
bridesmaid’s dress
· 28 dresses, suits, and gowns designed by Versace, Valentino, Chanel, and Azagury, among others, worn by Diana during her public life
· Musical score and handwritten lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition
dedicated to Diana and adapted from “Candle in the Wind”
· Original heritage, 17th and 18th century family paintings from the Althorp Estate
· The original, hand-edited text of Charles Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister, delivered at Diana’s funeral in Westminster Abbey
· Home movies of Diana’s childhood, historical artifacts, personal letters, photos, and heirlooms

Tickets go on sale today and are pretty-pricey, $23 dollars. You can save money by joining the National Constitution Center for $35 and the ticket is free. I'm hoping to attend on October 13 so that I can also attend Tina Brown's lecture that evening.

3 comments:

Maria Ferrer said...

I haven't thought of Diana in years. The exhibit sounds great with its 9 galleries. That's a lot of stuff. I'll have to see how I can fit it into my schedule. I wonder what she would think of her sons today. (She would be proud, of course.) I wish Michael was here to see it with us. He would have had lots of commentary; better than any tour guide. He would have been in heaven.

Janella said...

It looks like the exhibition will only be at the National Constitution Center. I would love to see it, but I live in Denver.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

It's a shame that it's not touring the country. I have a feeling that since it's a permanent exhibition at Althorp, it's only available during the months that the house is closed to the public which is why it may not be touring.