The world can see Princess Diana’s wedding gown in real life again.
The iconic dress, which Diana wore when she married Prince Charles in 1981, is officially on display at Kensington Palace as part of its latest exhibition, “Royal Style in the Making.” Though the presentation doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow, June 3, images have been released, giving potential visitors a stunning first peek.
Diana and Charles formally divorced in 1996, but her gown remains one of the most beloved wedding dresses in modern history. Quickly recognizable due to its lavish design, the frock is known for its scoop neckline, embellished collar, and voluminous puff sleeves. The signature detail, of course, is its 25-foot train, which remains one of the longest gown trains ever in royal history.
In addition to Diana’s dress, iconic pieces from British royal history will be available to view. “Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the twentieth century,” Historic Royal Palaces exhibition curator Matthew Storey said in a statement, per People. “We’ll be exploring how the partnership between each designer and client worked, and revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.”
Diana’s dress was loaned to Kensington Palace by the late princess’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The new display also comes ahead of what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1, which will be commemorated next month with the unveiling of a statue of the late royal on the palace grounds.
From Harper’s Bazaar US