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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Only 5 weeks left

It is difficult to believe that Diana, A Celebration, has been at Union Station Kansas City for 10 weeks. Only five weeks remain before the exhibition, which is in its last North American appearance, will be on it way back to England. Jun 12 came quickly.

But there is still plenty of time to purchase tickets and see this award-winning presentation before its last day, June 12. From all indications, the trip is well worth it. Outstanding reviews continue to come in from people who have seen Diana, A Celebration.

Here are a few examples (edited for spelling, grammar, etc.):

“I honor of Prince William’s wedding we went to the display. I enjoyed learning about her childhood. The collection of her clothes with the pictures of her wearing them was beautiful. The wedding dress was good to see.”

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

“The exhibit was just what a fan of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, would love. Her elegant dresses were as stunning in person as in photographs. The exceptional styling and craftsmanship of those outfits, including her wedding dress, were obvious. To have seen her in person must have been a life-altering event. The environment was very good, so kudos to Kansas City’s Union Station.”

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

“Well worth the time to view priceless jewels, childhood articles, gowns/dressed and the fabulous wedding.”

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

“We loved the tracking of Diana’s life from childhood on including her wonderful charity work. And the clothes were just great. I believe I enjoyed them more than the spectacular wedding dress. We came away from the exhibit with a good feeling and would recommend it to anyone interested in such things.”

“It was  great forum for the three generations of women in our family (who just celebrated a wedding, a 25-year wedding anniversary and a 50th wedding anniversary!) to reminisce, admire, compare and discuss design, weddings, families, jewels and history.”

“I went to see the Diana Exhibit because I was in awe of her and what she stood for. After leaving the exhibit, I love her even more. I was surprised to see the large selection of items to view. I loved every minute of it and would highly recommend stopping in. I left with bittersweet feelings. So glad I could experience it, but sad because it brought  back to the forefront how I felt when she died. This is one you don’t want to miss!”

So little time left for an event that has moved thousands of people from all over the Midwest. 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: More lesser-known facts about Princess Diana

The life of a princess to be can seem surprisingly mundane. Before Princess Diana was Princess Diana, she lived a privileged life, but she was in many ways like other girls and women her age. She went to school, held jobs that were not exactly career-track and wanted to meet and settle down with the right man.

Here are a few more facts about Diana that are easily overlooked because they are lost in the shadow of an existence that became a worldwide media phenomenon and so completely foreign to most people. These details are taken from dianapow.com, which is a source for much information about Diana.

What kind of work did Diana do before she married Prince Charles?

Diana finished school in December 1977. She then had several short working stints as a mother’s helper, babysitter and house cleaner. She found a position as a student teacher in 1979 where she worked with children who were taking dancing lessons. Also in 1979, she moved into an apartment in London with some friends and managed to find a job as assistant teacher the Young England Kindergarten. She also helped care for a young American boy who lived in London with his parents.

How and when did the engagement between Diana a Prince Charles begin?

Diana giggled when Charles proposed to her, but then she said, “Yes, please.” It all happened in the nursery in Windsor Castle on February 6, 1981 (not at Buckingham Palace and not in January 1981, as some sources claim). Charles told Diana that he had missed her while he had been away skiing and then asked her to marry him. It was as simple as that.

Where did Charles and Diana go on their honeymoon?

After Charles and Diana were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the traveled to Broadlands in Romsey, Hampshire. Broadlands was the home of Charles’s great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten. After a stay at the estate, they took a cruise on the Mediterranean aboard the Britannia, the royal yacht. Finally, the completed their honeymoon at the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral.

Who was Diana’s wedding gown designer?

David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed Diana’s gown. They had been students at the Royal College of Art and had done design work for the Duchess of Kent. Diana was not a stranger to the Emanuels’ talents. She had once worn an outfit of their design for a photograph published in Vogue magazine.

The rest of the wedding gown description is well-summarized at dianapow.com

“The silk for Diana’s ivory pure silk taffeta wedding dress was spun by the only silk farm in Britain, the Lullingstone silk farm; the embroidery was done by Elizabeth and her mother; the lace panels were formed from Carrickmacross lace which belonged to Queen Mary (it formed the ‘something old’ part of Diana’s outfit); the 25-foot detachable train, as well as the whole dress, featured 10,000 mother-of-pearl sequins and pearls. The dress also featured a tiny horseshoe studded with diamond (for good luck) and a tiny blue bow (for ‘something blue’) sewn into the folds of the skirt. Diana’s wedding shoes were created by Clive Shilton, and featured an embroidered lattice pattern with center lace heart-shaped applique and 24-carat gold trim on the low wooden heels. . . . The Emanuels also created a parasol (in case of rain) and small purse to match the gown.”

Diana’s wedding gown is the centerpiece of Diana, A Celebration, now through June 12 at Union Station Kansas City. Tickets for the exhibition are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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