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Good Works in Memory of Princess Diana

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As you probably know, some of Princess Diana’s clothes are on display this year at Kensington Palace. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the car accident and death of Princess Diana. For this reason many memorial events are taking place, including the recent HBO special titled Diana, Our Mother:  Her Life and Legacy as well as specials on ABC, CBS, and NBC.

A Christmas Card sent to Nanny Rattle and signed by Charles and Diana.
A Christmas Card sent to Nanny Rattle and signed by Charles and Diana. These are highly collectible, especially if you know the provenance. Olive Rattle passed away in 2000, having retired from service in the 1980s.

I have been looking forward to my sojourn to London to see the Exhibit, tour Kensington Palace and get my British fix for this year. Bless my husband’s heart because he has heard this all year. Imagine his delight when we approached the RMS Queen Mary, berthed in Long Beach, and there was a 40-foot sign advertising the current shipboard exhibit of Princess Diana memorabilia!

The dresses on display were part of the 1995 dress auction by Christie's.
The dresses on display were part of the 1995 dress auction by Christie’s.

Although our purpose that day was to tour the boat with the boys, Mike and I made a quick dash through the Princess Di exhibit. Photography was not allowed (although it did not stop a lady touring at the same time), so I don’t have anything to show you specifically from the exhibit other than the signs outside.  You will have to go see it for yourself!

The display included books, newspaper articles, and the memorabilia and souvenirs of Princess Diana.
The display included books, newspaper articles, and the memorabilia and souvenirs of Princess Diana.

The really neat aspect of this exhibit is that proceeds go to benefit one of the philanthropic endeavors Princess Di supported, breast cancer awareness.  Part of the proceeds will be donated to a local, Long Beach, non-profit working for awareness and prevention of breast cancer.   It seems that one woman has collected most of the items in the exhibit and had the idea of making it a fundraiser in honor of one of the philanthropic areas in which Princess Diana served as a patron .

Other items displayed included commemorative plates from various events. This one is from my personal collection and dates back to 1953 and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Other items displayed included commemorative plates from various events. This one is from my personal collection and dates back to 1953 and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The display was really well done and included over 2,000 mementos and collectibles of Diana as well as the Royal family. The piece de resistance for me were the clothes. There were 9 dresses purchased in the Christie’s 1995 auction which were on display.  The woman who organized the exhibit owns some of the dresses, while other dresses were on loan.

Commemorative Coronation items from 1953 include a souveir program given to guests staying at Groevenor House at the time of hte inauguration, a ticket for the parade, and a souvenir Bible.
Commemorative Coronation items from 1953 include a souvenir program given to guests staying at Grosvenor House at the time of the inauguration, a ticket for the parade, and a souvenir Bible.

The displays included as much ephemera of the Royal family as they did items specifically related to Princess Diana.  In addition to the clothes, on display were books and paintings by Charles, Christmas cards signed by various family members, dolls, china, letters, newspaper articles, stools used by ladies in waiting, biscuit tins, etc. It was an extensive display that wound around to many smaller rooms and passage ways.

A program from a dinner given by Mayor Richard Daley held in honor of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip while they visited Chicago in 1959.
A program from a dinner given by Mayor Richard Daley held in honor of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip while they visited Chicago in 1959.

Sadly, seeing these exhibits did not curb my desire to go to Kensington Palace to see Diana:  Her Fashion Story.

A press photo of the Queen Mother on her 78th birthday.
A press photo of the Queen Mother on her 78th birthday.

Whether you are a royal watcher or not, Princess Di did try to help the less fortunate and shed light on atrocities. She did this with style and sincerity while trying to blaze a trail for life as a modern, young Royal. I will always find her story (as well as her wardrobe) fascinating.

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To learn more about the RMS Queen Mary, click here, and to learn more about Queen Elizabeth’s dress exhibit, click here.



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