It’s been 40 years since the end Diana, Princess of Wales married Prince Charles – and her iconic wedding dress has made history books.
When then Lady Diana married Prince Charles in July 1981, more than 750 million people in 74 countries watched her walk down the aisle in awe of her sensational dress.
Now, to coincide with their 40th wedding anniversary, the late Princess of Wales’ dress is on public display at Kensington Palace.
Here’s everything you need to know about Diana’s dress, including how to book to see it for yourself.
Who designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress?
David and Elizabeth Emanuel created the striking princess wedding dress.
David, a Welsh fashion designer, and his wife Elizabeth, an English designer, tied the knot as they teamed up to create the dress.
The couple, now divorced, were personally chosen by Diana. She called their office herself, at a time when Elizabeth says the couple were busy and hectic at work.
Elizabeth said British Vogue: “I ran upstairs in annoyance and must have looked a little impatient before I realized it was Diana. I was shocked!
“My poor, half-dressed client downstairs must have heard so many thuds that David and I celebrated the decision that ultimately changed our lives.”
Diana’s dress was made of ivory silk taffeta, as well as antique Carrickmacross lace that belonged to Charles’ great-grandmother, Queen Mary.
The veil was made of tulle, while the train was 25 feet long, one of the longest in the history of royal weddings, and was adorned with sequins.
It filled the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral, where the wedding ceremony was being held.
Unsurprisingly, the iconic full skirt and towering puffed sleeves started a trend for wedding dresses in the 1980s.
“It was about drama and making Diana a fairytale princess,” Elizabeth added.
“The dress was typical of the early ’80s style – overdone, romantic, ruffled – but we had to get it right because we knew it would make history.”
How much did Princess Diana’s wedding dress cost?
At the time of the princess’ wedding in 1981, the dress was costing £ 9,000 to make, according to numerous reports.
Although, of course, she would be valued at a much higher figure today – given the historical significance of the dress.
The exact number varies depending on who you ask. Some say he was valued at £ 151,000 right after the wedding, and could be worth over £ 200,000 today.
Others, however, argue that the dress is priceless.
How to get tickets to see Princess Diana’s wedding dress
From June 3, 2021 to January 2, 2022, the Princess of Wales’ dress will be on display at Kensington Palace.
It is the crown jewel of an exhibition called Royal Style in the Making, which also features a rare canvas of a dress worn in 1937 by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the coronation of her husband, King George VI .
Adult tickets cost £ 23 (with no additional donation to the Historic Royal Palaces charity) while children between the ages of five and 15 cost £ 11.50 each. Children under five can accompany you free of charge.
As part of the ticket price, you will have access to all public areas of Kensington Palace, including the Gardens.
You’ll travel through a one-way system through an exhibit of Queen Victoria’s childhood, then the King and Queen’s Apartments, before reaching Royal Style in the Making.
You will not be able to access the private parts of the palace, as this is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live with their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
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