Princess Diana: Bashir interview 'damaging' says expert
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The public is able to see the gown for the first time since 1995. Diana married Prince Charles at St. Pauls Cathedral in 1981.
Prince Harry and Prince William have agreed to loan the dress to the Royal Style in the Making exhibition, open today.
Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, it features a 25ft (7.6m) sequin-encrusted train.
It flowed through the aisles at St. Pauls – and is one of the longest gown trains in royal history, adding even more significance to the piece.
The historic outfit is known for its scoop neckline, embellished collar and voluminous puff sleeves.
Organisers described the dress as “among the most famous in bridal history”.
Matthew Storey, Historic Royal Palaces exhibition curator, said in a statement the dress will feature alongside other famous piece from the Royal Family.
He said: “Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the 20th Century.
“We’ll be exploring how the partnership between each designer and client worked, and revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.”
The dress last went on show in 1995 at Kensington Palace, but was later displayed at Diana’s childhood home, Althorp.
Other iconic royal items on display in the Kensington exhibition include a toile.
It is a rare piece used in the 1937 coronation gown of The Queen Mother.
Other pieces include “original sketches, fabric swatches and unseen photographs from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection”, according to Historic Royal Palaces.
What would have been Diana’s 60th birthday is on July 1.
The brothers are expected to appearing together to unveil a statue of the Princess at Kensington Palace.
However, the Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers believes Harry may not be in attendance due to the imminent birth of his second child.
Mr Myers said: “The things I’m being told is they still really want to be there, both of them. Certainly, William and Kate will be there.
“But whether Harry can fly over there because the baby is imminently due this summer… it will certainly be in the next couple of weeks.”
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