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Photograph: Anwar Hussein

A permanent Princess Diana exhibit is now open on the Las Vegas strip

From gowns to palace gates strewn with flowers, this exhibit covers a dynamic, brief life.

Erika Mailman
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Erika Mailman

A 10,000-square-foot exhibit called ‘Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition’ opened last month in Las Vegas.

This permanent exhibit is inside The Shops at Crystals on the strip and showcases the garments and personal effects of the beloved princess whose tragic 1997 death shocked the world. The exhibit also shows historic items from her family and friends.

It has taken 45 years to assemble this memorabilia, considered by some to be the most comprehensive collection ever. The group that undertook curation is the Pink Ribbons Crusade, a nonprofit which is sharing the collection to raise funds to fight breast cancer, in partnership with SBX Group and SEE Global Entertainment. There are twelve themed rooms with three collections titled, ‘Wedding of the Century,’ ‘Fashion Icon’ and ‘Gone Too Soon: A Memorial.’

More than 500 objects represent her life as a young Lady Diana in her family’s ancestral home, her whirlwind romance with Prince Charles to become a princess, her inclusive work as a royal, and on through her untimely death in Paris.

Entry to the exhibit at the top of the escalator shows a golden wall with the large words 'Princess Diana, a Tribute Exhibition' and a large photograph of her, with doors to enter to the left
Rendering Courtesy of “Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition”

You’ll see a life-sized recreation of her wedding gown and an extensive collection of historic wedding artifacts. Nine other famous gowns Diana wore will be on exhibit, by designers Catherine Walker, Gianni Versace and others. The exhibit also includes 79 intricate, doll-sized replicas of dresses Diana auctioned off eight weeks before her death to raise $3.25 million for charity.

A room dedicated to memorializing the princess includes a life-sized recreation of the people’s vigil outside the Kensington Palace gates with a profusion of bouquets.

On exhibit are also historical textiles ranging from the time of Queen Victoria to Duchess Kate Middleton, as well as objects belonging to Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry. Photographs by Anwar Hussein, the longest-standing living professional photographer of the royal family, will also be on display.

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