LONDON -- Fourteen dresses once worn by Diana, Princess of Wales,
will take their place alongside the "Royal Ceremonial Dress
Collection" at Kensington Palace State Apartments during a special
exhibit set to run from Oct. 1 through March 31.
Among the dresses on display is the blue velvet gown Diana wore
to a state dinner at the White House, where the princess waltzed
with actor John Travolta. Admission to the exhibit is about $16 and
includes entrance to the State Apartments and "Royal Ceremonial
Kensington Palace is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An audio
tour of the exhibit and of the "Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection"
is included in the price of admission.
The dress collection includes displays of court dress from the
16th century to the present day. "[Princess Diana's] stunning gowns
will add a new dimension to the 'Royal Ceremonial Dress
Collection,' " said Nigel Arch, director of Kensington Palace and
curator of the collection.
"Visitors will see the evolution of royal style and Princess
Diana's role in its development." The dresses were originally
purchased in 1997 at the now-famous Christie's auction of Princess
All profits from the princess' dress exhibit, expected to be up
to $255,000, will go to charity, with half going to the Diana,
Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the other half going to
Historic Royal Palaces, a registered charity, for the improvement
of visitor facilities to the State Apartments at Kensington
Kensington Palace is under the direction of Historic Royal
Palaces, which also is responsible for the care and conservation of
the Tower of London, the Banqueting House at Whitehall, Hampton
Court Palace and Kew Palace with Queen Charlotte's Cottage.
For more information on these London landmarks and special
events scheduled throughout the year, call (800) 806-7187.