For a woman who never gambled, the late Diana, Princess of Wales is spending the next six months of her life in an East Coast casino.
The Princess, or rather the exhibition about her life, ‘Diana, A Celebration’ originally curated by her brother Charles, now Earl Spencer, will be at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut from next month until January.
So when punters tire of the card tables or hitting a line of hearts on the slot machines, they can wander around the 150 precious objects relating to the self-styled ‘Queen of Hearts’. They range from her wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos.
The items, displayed in nine galleries, cover Princess Diana’s life and many roles, ranging from schoolgirl and athlete to kindergarten teacher and royal bride to mother and charity advocate.
Also featured are two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels, the original text of the Earl Spencer’s famous tribute to his sister at her funeral in Westminster Abbey, the score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition adapted from “Candle in the Wind,” and books of condolences left by people throughout the world.
All profits go to The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, an independent grant-giving charity, dedicated to securing sustainable improvements in the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
When the exhibition was last in America at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (more than 96,000 visitors attended) in February, the museum welcomed the show’s one millionth visitor worldwide.
The exhibition is currently on display at the Spencer Family seat, Althorp House, coinciding with the dates of Prince Diana's birth on July 1, 1961 and her death on Aug. 31, 1997.