Princess Diana's Wedding Dress Opening in West Edmonton Mall
Diana, A Celebration, the award-winning exhibition that chronicles the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of our time - Diana, Princess of Wales - will open at West Edmonton Mall in early 2013. The exhibition will be located on Level Two, in Phase I, and run February 9 through June 9.
The exhibit, which will cover almost 7,000 square feet, contains 150 objects throughout nine galleries. Among the items are Princess Diana's magnificent royal wedding gown with its 25 foot long train, 28 of her designer dresses, family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. Also in the exhibit are the original text of the EaRL Spencer's moving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminster Abbey and books of condolences left by people throughout the world.
On loan from Althorp Estate, the Spencer family's 500-year-old ancestral home in England, Diana, A Celebration, chronicles the life of Diana and invites people 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.
Diana, A Celebration, is produced by Arts and Exhibitions International and all profits generated from the exhibition at Althorp and overseas go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. While the exhibit has travelled extensively around the United States since it was established in 1998, it has only had one other Canadian stop and that was in Toronto a decade ago.
A special holiday gift package is available at all West Edmonton Mall Guest Services Centres until December 24. Priced at $79.95, the package includes two exhibit tickets and two audio tours, oneDiana, A Celebration catalogue and one commemorative ornament.