Mammoth West Edmonton Mall to host Princess Diana exhibit
In the years since the storybook wedding when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, the royals have provided a stream of news: babies, betrayal, divorce, a suspicious death and another storybook wedding. But through all that, Diana, the Princess of Wales continues to live in the public’s affection. Now, “Diana: A Celebration,” a dazzling exhibition that chronicles the life and work of one of the most complex and remarkable women of our time is on display at the West Edmonton Mall from February 9 through June 9.
The exhibit, which will cover almost 7,000 square feet, contains 150 objects in nine galleries. Among the items are Princess Diana’s magnificent royal wedding gown with its 25- foot-long train, 28 of of the royal fashionista‘s dresses, family heirlooms, jewels, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. Also in the exhibit are the original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminster Abbey and books of condolences left by people throughout the world.
On loan from Althorp, the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral home in England, Diana, A Celebration, chronicles the life of Diana and invites people to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who was said to have captured the heart of the prince (although subsequent events proved that not to be as billed. The public loved her as a young, ravishing royal bride, devoted mother, sister and daughter, and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman.
Diana, A Celebration was produced by Arts and Exhibitions International and all profits generated from the exhibition at Althorp and overseas go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. While the exhibit has traveled extensively around the United States since it was established in 1998 (it recently closed at the Frazier Hisotry Museum in Louisville, Kentucky), it has only had one other Canadian stop and that was in Toronto a decade ago.
Tickets are already on sale at the mall’s guest services for C$23.10 for ages 13 and older, $16.90 for ages 60+ and $18.90 for ages 12 and under, or online from Ticketmaster, which adds service charges.