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Princess Diana Exhibit Opens Sept. 14 at the Putnam Museum

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UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 4:17 pm   ::  

More than a decade after her death, Princess Diana’s memory still stirs interest and emotion. The award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration, which chronicles the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, opens at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa, on September 14, 2013, and will remain on view through January 5, 2014.

On loan from Althorp Estate in England, Diana, A Celebration chronicles the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, through 150 objects, including her famed royal wedding gown.

“The Putnam Museum is honored to be one of the last three places this remarkable exhibit will ever be available to the public,” stated Putnam Museum President/CEO, Kim Findlay. “The exhibition gives us an opportunity to be close to the compassion and sense of natural sophistication for which Princess Diana became legendary. We remember watching the Royal Wedding on TV and Princess Diana’s amazing wedding gown. This exhibition gives us an opportunity to relive that moment in modern culture as we can literally stand beside her gown with its 25-foot train.”

The exhibition presents the life and humanitarian work of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable women through nine galleries containing 150 objects-ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementoes, paintings and rare home movies and photos.

The exhibition is on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral home. Once the global tour ends in summer 2014, the priceless collection will go to Diana’s sons as was directed in her will. The items will remain with the family and be safeguarded for future generations.

The exhibition showcases the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of her time – certainly one of the most photographed, with over one billion television viewers who watched the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.

 

A few of the many dazzling items on display include:

• More than 25 dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess during her public life, accompanied by photos and designer details from the event at which the outfits were worn.

• Two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels.

• The original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminster Abbey.

• The score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from “Candle in the Wind.”

• Original heritage family paintings.

• Diana’s magnificent Royal Wedding gown (as described above).

 

Check www.putnam.org or call 563-324-1933 to reserve tickets.

The Putnam Museum is located at 1717 West 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa.

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