The exhibit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Prince and Princess of Wales's wedding day as well as the late Diana's 60th birthday.


In hindsight, it's clear that Princess Diana's royal wedding to Prince Charles was not the romantic fairytale event millions had presumed it to be in 1981. In fact, the Princess of Wales called it the "worst day of my life." 

Of course, the photos tell an incredibly different story. It's easy to momentarily divorce (no pun intended) the reality of Charles and Diana's marriage from the images of a grinning bride decked out in a voluminous taffeta and lace gown with a show-stopping 25ft train from designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

Princess Diana's Wedding Dress Exhibit
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For the first time in 25 years, the beloved gown will be put on display at Kensington Palace for their Royal Style in the Making exhibit this summer. 

The show, which opens June 3 and ends January 2, 2022, will of course coincide with the 40th anniversary of Charles and the late Diana's wedding day on July 29. July 1 will also mark a notable anniversary: Diana's 60th birthday, which will be commemorated with a statue erected in her likeness in the palace's garden that very day. Prince Harry and Prince William are both expected to attend the unveiling.