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Queen Mary to hold Princess Diana exhibit this summer

April 24, 2012 |  9:55 pm

A new exhibition of Princess Diana memorabilia that will include hundreds of items from the British royal family is scheduled to open this summer on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Organizers for the Queen Mary and Pink Ribbons Crusade, a nonprofit advocate for breast cancer awareness and prevention, have teamed up to put the gallery together.

The multimillion-dollar collection, titled "Diana: Legacy of a Princess," will make its debut June 16 in a newly designed 9,000-square-foot gallery aboard the ship and will feature an elegant room that will display nine dresses or gowns worn by Diana, as well as designer sketches and items from her wedding, according to organizers and the exhibition's website.

Steve Sheldon, director of entertainment events for the Queen Mary, said the large collection is the first of its kind. "No venue has had the opportunity to display the exhibition" in its entirety, Sheldon said.

The gallery will also include about 2,000 objects related to the Windsor family, such as handwritten letters, limited-edition china and back-up wedding gowns for the Duchess of York and the Countess of Wessex.

A tea room and a gift boutique will also be added to complement the gallery.

Sheldon said some of the items haven't been showcased before, among them is a garden bench that Prince Charles and Princess Diana received as a wedding gift. The bench, which has the couple's initials engraved, was handcrafted by the Highgrove House staff.

The gallery will also provide an in-depth look at the other major members of the royal family, particularly those who have visited or sailed on the Queen Mary. They include King George V and Queen Mary, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth.

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