Diana – Legacy Of A Princess
By Patty Smith
THE QUEEN MARY in Long Beach is currently hosting a new exhibit featuring over 2,000 items from the Windsor family. Just a few of the items include some of Diana’s dresses (including some never worn in public), a nightdress of Wallis Simpson’s, many letters from Diana, King George, the Queen Mother, The Queen, Charles and also from the newest member – Kate.
As you approach the ship you see a three story poster of Diana with the exhibit information on it. Once on board you are greeted at the beginning by a large family tree on the wall starting at King George V and up to the present as well as some news footage and newspaper articles. There is 9,000 feet of exhibit space with one of the most comprehensive displays of artifacts, letters, collectibles, clothing, a Princess Diana dolls collection, and sketches of Diana’s dresses; watercolors painted by Charles and many other items too numerous to mention. In all there are over 2,000 items on display.
The exhibit was arranged by The Pink Ribbons Crusade which is an all-volunteer aid organization based in Texas which will benefit breast cancer awareness and research – one of the causes championed by Princess Diana.
This is a wonderful, very enjoyable – as well as educational exhibit that is well worth a visit. Also included with your ticket to the exhibit is general admission to the rest of the very interesting Queen Mary. They have a wonderful tea room with formal tea as well as snack bars and wonderful little gift shops. You can even take the ghost tour if you are so inclined!
A wonderful way to spend the day! The exhibit is open daily from 10am to 8pm. For tickets and information visit http://diana.queenmary.com. Don’t miss it!