Centuries of royal fashion for all to see. From June 3, 2021, Kensington Palace, the official residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, will host the Royal Style in the Making exhibition, an event aimed at “exploring the intimate relationship between a designer and a royal client”, according to its official description. “In the newly renovated orangery of the palace will be exhibited objects never presented before, including pieces by the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, as well as wonderful dresses and tailors created for three generations of royal women”, we can read in the press release relayed by Hello! magazine.
Among the exhibits, visitors will be able to admire the wedding dress of Princess Diana, whose release from the archives was authorized for the first time in 25 years by Princes William and Harry. Made to measure in the early 1980s by the former English designer couple David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the Princess of Wales dress is today considered one of the most sumptuous pieces in British history. Crafted in ivory-colored silk taffeta and lace, it features a bow-trimmed bodice and a collar embellished with ribbons, sequins and thousands of pearls. At the time of its creation, Lady Diana’s wedding dress was valued at £ 9,000, a sum equivalent to around € 28,800 in our time.
A statue of Diana in Kensington
In addition to marking the 40th anniversary of Charles and Diana’s marriage, 2021 is also the year that would have been the 60th birthday of the Princess of Wales. On this occasion, Princes William and Harry are expected on July 1 in the gardens of Kensington Palace, for the unveiling of a statue bearing the effigy of the late Lady Di. The statue will be installed in Kensington Palace Gardens on July 1, 2021, the Princess’s 60th birthday. The princes hope this statue will help all visitors to Kensington Palace remember life and heritage of their mother, “the palace revealed in a statement in August 2020.
Prince William and Prince Harry © Agence