imageYou may act like a princess, but she really was one. Atlanta gets the royal proof when “Diana: A Celebration” brings 150 artifacts from the life of the late Princess of Wales to the Civic Center.

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We know how hard queens will clamor to get up close to Princess Diana’s tiaras (top photo), the handwritten sheet music for the “English Rose” version of “Candle In the Wind” by Elton John-Bernie Taupin, 28 of her designer dresses, and enough rings, bracelets and heirloom jewelry to make a drag queen faint.

And oh yeah, did we mention the most famous wedding gown in history? The genuine article, complete with its 25 foot train and all of the accessories, is part of the display.

The exhibition honoring “the people’s princess” opens Jan. 23 with a very special guest at the opening reception: Charles Spencer, the Ninth Earl of Spencer, Diana’s brother (bottom photo, with wedding gown).

imageMost famous worldwide for his moving eulogy to his sister, the Earl will introduce the collection to Atlanta himself. His original text for the speech heard ‘round the world is also part of the exhibition.

“Diana: A Celebration” showcases the entire life and humanitarian work of one of the most famous, most fabulous women of the 20th century. Nine galleries include memorabilia from the wedding of the century, family heirlooms, personal mementoes, paintings, letters and rare home movies. Photos of the princess with the artifacts accompany most of the show. 


That should keep you atwitter through the holidays.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 25 online and at the Civic Center box office by calling 800-745-3000. Adult tickets are $18.50; senior, student and group rates are available.

Proceeds go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund benefiting communities living with the legacy of landmines, cluster bombs and other explosive remnants of war. The fund is run by the Althorp Estate, which is Diana’s 500-year old ancestral home, the permanent home of the collection, and the place where the princess is buried.