Princess Diana's royal wedding dress to be put on display in London exhibition

Associated Press

LONDON — The dress Princess Diana wore at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles went on public display Thursday at the late princess’s former home in London.

The taffeta-ruffled white dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, with its 25 foot (8 meter) sequin-encrusted train, helped seal the fairytale image of the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and the heir to the British throne.

Reality soon intruded. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996, with both acknowledging extramarital affairs. Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36.

Her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have loaned their mother’s wedding dress for the exhibition “Royal Style in the Making.” The exhibit also features sketches, photographs and gowns designed for three generations of royal women, including Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother. It runs until Jan. 2, 2022.

A visitor views Diana, Princess of Wales’s wedding dress displayed complete with its spectacular sequin encrusted train during the "Royal Style In The Making" exhibition photocall at Kensington Palace on June 02, 2021 in London, England. Royal Style in the Making is scheduled to open at Kensington Palace on 3 June ,2021 and will run until 2 January, 2022.

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Princess Diana died in a Paris car wreck in 1997 when Prince Harry was only 12 years old and Prince William was 15. Recently, Prince Harry has been vocal about how losing his mother at an early age has impacted his mental health. 

The Duke of Sussex wrote an emotional forward in a children's picture book aimed at helping young people cope with losing a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic— "Hospital by the Hill." 

"If you are reading this book, it’s because you’ve lost your parent or a loved one, and while I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone," Prince Harry wrote. 

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Prince Harry said although "we all cope with loss in a different way," he used a particular coping mechanism: "When a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true."

Contributing: Cydney Henderson