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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: HeartAches sing as exhibition nears end

Time is growing short for Diana, A Celebration, as it moves toward its final weeks at Union Station Kansas City. The months since the exhibition opened have been extraordinary in terms of the number of people who have passed through. At last count, more than 62,000 men, women and children had experienced this chronicle of the life and charitable work of the People’s Princess. Judging from the responses, it has touched many hearts, even among those individuals who expected to get nothing in particular from the experience.

It seems fitting that in the final days of the exhibition, the HeartAches ensemble from The Heartland Men’s Chorus should serenade visitors with Elton John’s famous “Candle in the Wind,” which he revised from its original version to honor the late princess after she died in an automobile accident on August 31, 1997.

The HeartAches’ performance will be in the Bank of America Gallery, outside the Diana exhibit at noon on Saturday, May 21. It will consist of a number of songs besides “Candle in the Wind” and serves as a tribute to Diana for her hard work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In many ways, the princess was a leader in this struggle, breaking through misunderstanding and misconception not only through her words but also through bold action.

As much as anything, it seems to be Diana’s courage that attracts so many people to her, even so many years after her death. It was a courage made all the more admirable and fascinating because of her obvious vulnerability and self-doubt. In just the year before her death, she appeared to grow enormously as a person and to find her place in a world that seemed to attack and reject her as often as it poured out its love to her.

As the closing days of Diana, A Celebration draw nearer, it is appropriate to cite a few more comments from people who have visited the exhibition. They do more to reveal the emotions Diana arouses than anything else (comments edited for grammar, usage, spelling, etc.):

“Amazing! What beautiful exhibit for simply an amazing, beautiful, angelic and inspiring precious Young woman! Wow! Loved it!”

“The exhibit was thought-provoking, interesting, beautifully laid out and educational. I was impressed and did not expect to be.”

“The exhibit left ou feeling how lucky we were to have had her in our world and feeling inspired to do good works.”

“Wonderful exhibit of Diana’s dresses and other personal items. It was very moving to be so close to things that were part of her life.”

“I loved everything about the exhibition and wish that there had been more to see, but I realize that one can’t bring everything. Worth every dollar.”

Diana, A Celebration continues only through June 12, 2011. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.


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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station, Kansas City: HeartAches to sing “Candle in the Wind” and other tunes

At noon on Saturday, May 21, the HeartAches, a small ensemble made up of members of The Heartland Men’s Chorus, will perform the version of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” written in honor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The performance will be held in the Bank of American Gallery of Union Station Kansas City where the exhibition Diana, A Celebration, is currently on display. The original, handwritten lyrics for “Candle in the Wind” are part of the exhibit, along with the original musical notation. The free concert will include several other songs.

There is more to the HeartAches’ appearance than the connection of “Candle in the Wind” with Princess Diana. The Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, has been performing in Kansas City and around the world for 25 years. The not-for-profit volunteer group is a member of GALA Choruses, the international association of the lesbian and gay choral movement that represents 190 choruses in Australia, Europe, South America and North America.

Formed when the AIDS epidemic was claiming many lives in Kansas City and elsewhere, The Heartland Men’s Chorus appeared as a strongly positive force on the arts landscape. Even as some of its members were claimed by the epidemic, the chorus kept singing, bringing several shows a year to the people of Kansas City and building a reputation for excellence. It seemed a united, joyful response to a terrible disease.

At the same time the chorus was making its presence known, Princess Diana was beginning to speak out and bravely confront the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. She was among the first influential people to touch and hold AIDS patients, demonstrating that one would not contract the disease from casual contact. She helped put a true face on the epidemic, showing how it affected not only gay men but straight men, women and children.

In a way, this performance by the HeartAches brings two important forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS together in a moving celebration of courage and caring. It is certain to be an emotional moment for everyone who listens and understands.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org. The exhibition will remain at Union Station through June 12.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: The royal wedding programme and some Diana stats

For people who just cannot get enough of the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, there is a new souvenir available on the Internet: the Royal Wedding Programme, a blow-by-blow account of the big day. It is online at cerosmedia.com, and it does not cost a penny.

In other royalty news, Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station Kansas City had a record-breaking weekend in terms of attendance. Here are the particulars from a press release issued by Union Station:

“As Kate Middleton and Prince William exchanged vows, 3,500 people were watching at Union Station’s Royal Wedding Watch Party. During the party, nearly 2,000 visitors experienced Diana, A Celebration, which chronicles the life and charitable work of Diana, Princess of Wales. By day’s end, more than 3,000 people had walked through the exhibition at Union Station, surpassing the previous North American single-day attendance record for the exhibition. Total attendance for Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station now stands at more than 50,000.

“By 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, guests were lining up outside Union Station for a Royal Wedding Watch Party that would not begin until 3 a.m., April 29. They were there to claim the best seats to watch the royal wedding on a giant screen and to be first in line for a free viewing of Diana, A Celebration.

“An estimated 3,500 people watched from the seats in Sprint Festival Plaza as the wedding guests arrived and the bride took her four-minute walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in London, England.

“Local and national media took note of the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch party and have been covering Diana, A Celebration since it arrived in Kansas  City. The watch party alone garnered coverage on NBC’s Today Show and E! as well as ABC’s Good Morning America and 20/20.”

The royal wedding might be over, but Diana, A Celebration, goes on through June 12, 2011. This tribute to Prince William’s mother is not to be missed. Many people are coming back again and again, bringing friends and family to share the experience.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal Wedding giveaway valued at $25K

In honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Union Station Kansas City is sponsoring a Royal Wedding Giveaway. The grand prize (a $25,000 value) includes:

• Wedding reception for 250 people in Sprint Festival Plaza at Union , with tables, chairs, linens, food and non-alcoholic beverages

• $500 gift certificate for purchase of a wedding dress

• Flowers

• One hotel room for two consecutive nights at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott

There are two ways to enter: online at www.mix93.com or by mail. Each contestant will be asked to write a brief original essay answering the question:

Why do you deserve a royal wedding?

To enter by mail, contestants must send their name, address (including hometown), telephone numbers (daytime and evening), email address and birth date, along with their essay and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to Wilkes Broadcasting, Royal Wedding Giveaway, 508 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Entries must be postmarked by May 12, 2011 and received by May 17, 2011.

When finalists in the Royal Wedding Giveaway have been selected, their essays will be posted online for public viewing and voting to determine the winner. The Grand Prize winner will be announced June 6, 2011.

There is still plenty of time to see Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station. This exhibition, which chronicles the life and charitable of Diana, Princess of Wales, has broken attendance records during its stay in Kansas City and will be here through June 12, 2011. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: News about the Royal Wedding Watch Party

The big day is nearly here, and Union Station Kansas City is ready for it. The Royal Wedding Watch Party — which is free and open to the public — promises to be a major event, and no one is complaining about showing up at 3:00 a.m. to start the festivities. Local and even national media will be on hand to take part in and cover the big party.

Of course, most people who attend just want to share the experience with others, but there are also some great incentives to be on hand from the start. For example, admission to the Diana, A Celebration, exhibition will be free from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Admission will then be just $5.00 until 10:00 a.m.

The first 10 people to arrive at the party will win a Mother’s Day brunch at Harvey’s Union Station and a free ticket to Diana, A Celebration. The first 50 people get a complimentary exhibition ticket, and the first 100 receive a Union Jack and a tiara.

Guests can enter to win tickets to a Jimmy Buffet concert. One lucky bride and groom will win a rehearsal dinner for 20 people. Guests an also enter to win a Mother’s Day gift package that includes brunch at Harvey’s Union Station, a complimentary ticket to Diana, A Celebration, and a catalog of the exhibition.

Two VIP tickets to Celebration at the Station, featuring the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra on Memorial Day will be given away, along with many other prizes, including a night at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, Union Station Kansas City membership, QT gas card, NBC gift baskets, $25 gift certificate to Jack Stack BBQ, and Diana memorabilia.

To top it all off, a grand giveaway will be announced. All that can be said right now is that the giveaway has a value of $25,000.

Indications are that the Royal Wedding Watch Party crowd will be large, so it would be wise to arrive early and find a comfortable spot near the video monitors that will carry live coverage of the wedding.

The day does not end when the wedding is over. The ceremony will be replayed all day. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., a Royal Wedding Reception will feature champagne and the official chocolate biscuit wedding cake. Union Station members can enjoy this event at no charge. Nonmembers pay just $8.50.

Updates on the royal wedding and the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party are available at facebook.com/unionstationkcmo. Twitter followers can find the information @unionstationkc.

Regular tickets for Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster locations, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.


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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal wedding trivia continued

Here are a few more trivia tidbits picked from aolnews.com and royal-weddings.org.

Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and his bride are to be married is the favorite site for coronations. In fact, kings and queens of England have been crowned there since William the Conqueror in 1066. Seventeen monarchs have their final resting place there. The building that stands now was started in 1245. For Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, tiers and galleries were put in so that 8,200 people could fit in instead of only 2,000.

Many people are surprised when they find out that a royal can marry a commoner like Kate. But that is not a problem. The difficulty arises if the intended is a Catholic. The Act of Settlement, passed in 1701, states that royals cannot marry a Catholic. Kate is not Catholic, but Autumn Kelly, who married Peter Phillips, Prince William’s cousin, had to convert to Anglicanism. Otherwise, Peter would have had to give up his succession rights to the crown.

Kate Middleton rivals Princess Diana in the style department. She is viewed as one of the best-dressed women in England and regularly shows up on the lists that keep track of such things. She also appears in magazines such as Vanity Fair and People.

Curtsying might not seem like such a big deal. But there is a strict protocol that goes with the gesture. There is even an order to the curtsying that depends on the distance of the royal ladies and the consorts from the throne. When Kate marries William, the curtsy order will be the following:

Queen Elizabeth, Kate, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, Zara Phillips, Lade Sarah Chatto, Lady Davina Lewis of Gloucester, Lady Rose Gilman of Gloucester, Lady Helen Windsor.

As it turns out, Kate’s step-mother-in-law Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and second wife of Prince Charles should curtsy to Kate. But this only holds if Prince Charles is not in the room. Then there is no curtsying.

May 6, 1960 marked the first televised royal wedding. On that day, Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth, married Antony Armstrong-Jones. There were about 20 million viewers. The couple divorced in 1978, and Margaret died in 2002.

It has been a while since a foreign princess married a British royal. The last on was Princess Marina of Greece, who married Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934. Prince George was the fourth son of King George V. Prince George was killed in a plane crash during World War II.

It is facts like these that can make an event like the Royal Wedding Watch Party at Union Station even more fun. Showing off one’s knowledge can help pass the time as the guests file in to wait for the ceremony to begin.

The Watch Party begins at 3:00 a.m., so there will be plenty of time to trade trivia. Of course, many people will want to take advantage of the free admission to Diana, A Celebration, until 6:00 a.m. and the $5.00 admission from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Union Station will show the wedding live and repeat the broadcast all day. A reception in the evening, beginning at 5:00, will feature the official royal wedding cake and champagne. The reception is free to Union Station members and $8.50 for non-members.

Diana, A Celebration, continues through June 12. Tickets are available through the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office, www.unionstation.org and all Ticketmaster locations.


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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal wedding 2011 trivia

So much to know. So little time to learn it all.

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is just a little more than a week away. The broad outlines of Kate’s life and William’s life are well enough known. But what about those little secrets or little-known details that make people really interesting.

Here are a few notes about Kate, William and other members of their families that most people probably do not know. Some of them might stump even the most studious fan. Thanks to yahoo.com, royal-weddings.org and aolnews.com for these tidbits.

This is not Prince William’s first royal wedding. He was a “miniature groomsman” at the 1986 nuptials of his uncle, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

Prince William, when he becomes king, will be the tallest monarch since the reign of King Edward I (also known a Edward Longshanks). He was about six feet two inches tall. He was king more than 700 years ago. Prince William is about six feet three inches tall.

While he was in the Royal Air Force, Prince William was known as Billy The Fish among his comrades.

Kate and William share the same favorite cocktail: vodka, champagne and passion fruit juice.

William decided to be far away from home when he proposed to Kate. They were in Kenya at the time.

Kate Middleton is the oldest royal bride in history. She’s 29.

Going back a few years — when Diana Spencer married Prince Charles all those decades ago, she mixed up Charles’s name at the altar. It was difficult keeping all the names straight . . . Charles Philip Arthur George. . . .

Even more decades ago — when Princess Elizabeth got married, it was to a man who was already a prince. At the time, Phillip was Prince of Greece and Denmark.

More trivia to come.

Union Station Kansas City is the temporary home of Diana, A Celebration, an award-winning exhibition that chronicles the life and work of Prince William’s mother, the late People’s Princess. This is the exhibition’s last North American appearance. It will return to England after it closes June 12, 2011.

Union Station is also the site of what will likely be Kansas City’s largest royal wedding watch party, starting at 3:00 a.m., Friday, April 29. The all-day event will feature free admission to Diana, A Celebration, from 3:00 to 5:00 a.m., and $5.00 admission to the exhibition from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Giveaways and contests will be part of the event, along with live coverage of the wedding itself.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration are available through all Ticketmaster locations, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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