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Award-winning exhibition about the People's Princess to conclude 11-year world tour in the Queen City
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- 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 open at Cincinnati Museum Center on February 14, 2014.
This will be 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. Tickets go on sale starting November 1.
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. (Download high-resolution images from the exhibit here.) 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 1 billion television viewers who watched the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.
"We are thrilled to be bringing an exhibit that highlights the life and philanthropic accomplishments of a woman who inspired people around the world with her leadership and dedication to international causes," says Francie Hiltz, Cincinnati Museum Center Board Chair.
A series of 150 stunning objects chronicle Princess Diana's life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother, sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman. The strength of the Spencer women and their roots in the bucolic 500-year-old Althorp Estate form the backdrop for Diana's formative years.
Also featured in the exhibition are portraits of Princess Diana's ancestors, family jewels, heirlooms, paintings, artifacts and photos, which provide the historical context. Home movies filmed by her father and scenes from her childhood, her engagement to Prince Charles and the events leading up to the Royal Wedding are remembered and animated with video clips, personal possessions, photos, displays and letters. The glorious Royal Wedding features her resplendent gown, diamond tiara, veil and 25 ft. train, shoes and parasol, her bridesmaid's dress among other items.
One entire section is devoted to her energetic and multi-faceted public life and the myriad of charities and causes she championed, including her pioneering efforts in AIDS, the homeless and landmines.
A three-screened video presentation highlights the hundreds of associations that continue to benefit from her patronage and energetic dedication. The world's grief at her untimely death is dealt with sensitively, in a display of books of condolence and space for reflection and remembrance.
A few of the many dazzling items 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
Hours of Operation*
Monday & Tuesday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
*End times are last entry times. Exhibit is timed entry.
Information/Photo from Cincinnati Museum Center