Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Is Going on Display at Kensington Palace

Princess Diana’s wedding gown made history in 1981. Royal history, that is. A then-Lady Diana Spencer paired her Elizabeth and David Emanuel gown with a 25-foot train, the longest in royal history.

Considered by many to be Diana’s most iconic fashion moment, she wed Prince Charles wearing what appeared to be a cloud-like gown adorned with sequins and lace. Now royal fans can get an up-close look at Diana’s wedding gown because it’s going on display in the summer of 2021. 

Princess Diana’s wedding dress will be on display at Kensington Palace for the first time in 25 years

Princess Diana poses in her royal wedding dress
Princess Diana in her wedding dress | PA Images via Getty Images

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According to Vanity Fair, Historic Royal Palaces curators announced on April 26, 2021, that Diana’s son — Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex — have given their permission to put Diana’s wedding gown on display. 

It will be available for the public to see as part of a temporary exhibition, Royal Style in the Making. The last time Diana’s dress went on display at Kensington Palace — the location of Diana’s old apartment — was 25 years ago. 

What can visitors expect from the exhibition? To get an inside look at royals’ relationships with fashion designers. Not only will Diana’s wedding gown be on display but so will other memorable clothes and accessories worn by members of the British royal family. 

The Royal Style in the Making fashion exhibition opens in June 2021

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When can royal fans head to Kensington Palace for the exhibition? June 2021. Royal Style in the Making opens on June 3, 2021, in the Orangery of Kensington Palace. 

According to the Historic Royal Palaces official website, the exhibition will be open for nearly seven months before ending in January 2022. 

Here’s what Matthew Storey, the exhibition curator at Historic Royal Palaces, had to say about Royal Style in the Making, according to Vanity Fair. 

“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. While one of the highlights will undoubtedly be Diana, Princess of Wales’s show-stopping Emanuel designed wedding dress, which goes on show at the palace for the first time in 25 years – we’ve got some real surprises up our sleeve for fashion fans!”

Matthew Storey, exhibition curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaking in a statement about Royal Style in the Making

Tickets for adults start at $31.99. Children ages 5-15 can tour Kensington Palace and see the exhibition for $15.99. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost includes the royal fashion exhibition in addition to Victoria: A Royal Childhood, The Queen’s State Apartments, and The King’s State Apartments. 

The exhibition’s 1 of multiple events commemorating Princess Diana’s 60th birthday

Royal Style in the Making isn’t the only event in 2021 that will pay tribute to Diana. William and Harry commissioned a statue of their late mother to be installed at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens back in 2017. 

The statue’s set to be unveiled on July 1, 2021, what would’ve been Diana’s 60th birthday. Some are hopeful the brothers will reunite for Diana while others believe their year-long rift will only continue. 

Royal Style in the Making opens on June 3, 2021, followed by the unveiling of Diana’s Sunken Gardens statue in July.