Princess Diana exhibit set to open in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While many around the world are looking toward the upcoming royal wedding of Britain’s Prince William, an exhibit celebrating the life of his mother — including Princess Diana’s wedding dress — is opening this week in Kansas City.

Union Station officials hope the timing will help attract visitors from across the Midwest to “Diana, A Celebration,” which opens Thursday and runs through June 12.

The dress Diana wore when she married Prince Charles in 1981 arrived at the station Monday and was carefully prepared to become the centerpiece of the exhibit, which features more than 150 items. The dress, with its enormous train, requires a glass case more than 25 feet long.

“The most famous dress in the world . for the moment,” announced handler Graeme Murton, referring to whatever wedding gown Prince William’s bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, wears this spring.

The traveling exhibit includes personal objects from Diana’s life, including family heirlooms, photos, home movies and 28 outfits she wore while she was princess. It also highlights her humanitarian work, including helping AIDS victims and a campaign against land mines.

And there is Bernie Taupin’s handwritten lyrics to “Goodbye England’s Rose,” which was performed by Elton John at Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral after she died at age 36 in a car accident.

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