Diana: A Celebration opens Jan. 23
On the heels of the two successful back-to-back world-class exhibitions: Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs and America I AM: The African American Imprint, the Atlanta Civic Center has announced that it will host the Atlanta debut of the acclaimed international exhibition, Diana: A Celebration, which chronicles the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The exhibition will open on Saturday, Jan. 23, and will be on view for a limited engagement.
Presented by Delta Air Lines, Diana: A Celebration showcases the life and humanitarian work of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable women through nine galleries containing over 150 objects-ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementoes, paintings, rare home movies and photos. At the conclusion of “Diana’s” run in Atlanta, Delta Cargo will be entrusted with returning the priceless exhibition artifacts to Althorp Estate, Princess Diana’s family’s 500-year-old ancestral home.
“An exhibition of this caliber, with emotional pull that Princess Diana evokes, is the type of exhibition that draws thousands of visitors from throughout the southeast region,” said Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO, William Pate. “Making Atlanta the last U.S. stop before returning to England for the summer gives visitors and residents a rare opportunity to see this award-winning, critically-acclaimed exhibition.”
Diana: A Celebration presents the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of our time –and certainly one of the most photographed, with over one billion television viewers watching the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.
The exhibition includes a series of 150 stunning objects that chronicle Diana’s life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother, sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman.
Also featured in the exhibition are portraits of her ancestors, family jewels, heirlooms, paintings, artifacts and photos, which provide historical context. Home movies filmed by her father and scenes from her childhood, her engagement to Prince Charles and the events leading up to the Royal Wedding are remembered and animated with video clips, personal possessions, photos, displays and letters. The glorious Royal Wedding gallery features her resplendent gown, diamond tiara, veil and 25 ft. train, shoes and parasol.
Other major highlights of the exhibition include: Over 28 dresses, suits and evening gowns designed by Chanel, Versace, Valentino and Azagury; two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels; musical score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from “Candle in the Wind”; and an audio tour with an introduction by Earl Spencer (provided for an additional fee)
Admission tickets will be available beginning Wednesday November 25, at the Civic Center box office and through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are purchased for a specific date and will be $18.50 for adults; $12 for children ages 6-17; and $15.50 for seniors and students 18 years-old and older with ID. Children under five years-old are admitted free of charge. Group rates are also available. For additional information, including hours of operation, please visit www.dianaexhibition.com.