More than 15 years after her death, Princess Diana’s memory still stirs interest and emotion. The award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration, which chronicles the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display at Cincinnati Museum Center from Feb. 14 through Aug. 17, 2014. This is the final showing for the renowned exhibition, which has been touring the world since 2003, before the items return to her sons in England to be preserved for future generations.
The exhibition presents the life and humanitarian work of Princess Diana through nine galleries containing 150 objects-ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. The exhibition is on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral home.
The exhibition showcases the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of her time – certainly one of the most photographed – with over one billion television viewers who watched the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.
A few of the many dazzling items that will be on display include:
- More than 25 dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess during her public life, accompanied by photos and designer details from the event at which the outfits were worn
- Diana’s magnificent Royal Wedding gown
- Two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels
- The original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminster Abbey
- The score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from Candle in the Wind
- Original heritage family paintings
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal will also premiere Daughters of the Queen City. This exhibit celebrates the legacy of women’s community leadership throughout Cincinnati’s history with items from our historic objects collection.