Prince William and Harry agree on Diana tribute

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex have given permission for their late mother Princess Diana's wedding gown to go on a display at Kensington Palace for the first time in over 25 years.

Prince William and Prince Harry have loaned the full silk taffeta bridal gown to Historic Royal Palaces as part of a new temporary exhibition to honour the late royal.

Royal Style In The Making will explore the 'intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client', and feature some of the most iconic couture in royal history with Princess Diana's wedding dress being part of the main attraction.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Diana's dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. It features a scooped neckline, billowing sleeves adorned with bows and deep ruffles, and a now-iconic 25ft sequin-encrusted train.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

The ivory silk tulle is adorned with around 10,000 mother of pearl sequins, and the bodice was covered in panels of antique Carrickmacross lace which originally belonged to Queen Mary, Prince Charles's great grandmother.

Matthew Storey, exhibition curator at Historic Royal Palaces, said: 'Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the 20th century.'

He continued: 'While one of the highlights will undoubtedly be Diana, Princess of Wales's show-stopping Emanuel-designed wedding dress – which goes on show at the palace for the first time in 25 years – we've got some real surprises up our sleeve for fashion fans.'

Royal Style In The Making will open on 3 June at the historic, and newly-restored, Orangery at Kensington Palace.

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