Princess Diana’s wedding dress and several other never-before-seen royal fashion items will soon be on display at Kensington Palace.
2021 is a special year with many anniversaries surrounding Diana, Princess of Wales. It’s the year that would have celebrated her 60th birthday, and it also marks 40 years since her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Diana will be honoured with a blue plaque to celebrate her life and achievements later this year, and Kensington Palace will unveil a statue of her on July 1, the day of her 60th birthday.
Now, there will be even more gestures taking place in her honour: The “Royal Style in the Making” exhibition, set to take place at Kensington Palace between June 3, 2021, and January 2, 2022, “explores the fine art of designing for royalty”, and will showcase never-before-seen royal fashion items to the public. Among the pieces on display will be Princess Diana’s infamous 1981 wedding dress, which the world admired as she walked down the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Guests can marvel at the fashion masterpiece with its 25-foot sequin encrusted train (the longest in royal history), and antique Carrickmacross lace which had once belonged to Queen Mary, Prince Charles’ great-grandmother. The gown is a sight to behold for fashion fiends and royal fans alike, and since it’s only on loan from Prince William and Prince Harry for a limited time, it’s a rare opportunity to see it up close this year.
The exhibition is included in the general admission ticket to Kensington Palace, and you can get yours here.