It has been more 33 years since Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding, but her wedding dress is finally being given to their children.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress was the most talked-about dress of the year — maybe of the decade — and princes William and Harry are finally taking ownership of it, as a stipulation of their mother’s will. That stipulation says the dress will be coming home when Harry turns 30, which is on Sept. 15.
According to People, the dress was made by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and features a 25-foot train and around 10,000 pearls. Princess Diana died in 1997 after a car crash in a Paris tunnel. Diana’s bother, Charles Spencer, has been taking care of the gown for the last 17 years, as well as some other items from her estate. The dress has been featured at the Spencer family museum at Althorp since 1998.
William and Harry have a lot of their mother in them, including their charitable sides. And although William’s wife, Kate Middleton, wore her own dress for their wedding, she did have a part of his mother with her.
“As you may recognise now, it’s my mother’s engagement ring,” William told the media when he and Middleton were engaged. “So, of course, it’s very special to me, as Kate’s so special to me now, as well. It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement and the fact we are going to be spending the rest of our lives together.”
The dress is making its way to London to be reunited with the princess’ sons and it will likely be put on display there. Both Prince Harry and Prince William live at Kensington Palace, which means the gown may make a public appearance there — the same place a collection of dresses worn by the royal family was put on display in 2013.