Isn't this a great picture? I've posted about Princess Diana on her birthday or anniversary of her death on my blog, but probably didn't go into detail how much I loved following her life from age 11 on. I'm talking glossy books, videos, homemade scrapbooks documenting her life, etc. She was only 9 years older than me, but when I was a child she seems so much older. Now I'm 3 years older than she was when she died. Hard to comprehend. It still breaks my heart that she died so young and with two young sons.
Imagine my surprise when, en route to our dinner reservation at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney last week, I saw HUGE flowing banners with her pictures, larger than life, on the side of a nearby building. As we walked closer we saw that it was a traveling exhibit I had heard some mention of, but had no clue that it was in Orlando! After dinner we all went into the exhibit. What an unexpected treat! I got to see 5 of her actual gowns purchased at a Christie's auction shortly before she died in '97. One being the below black velvet gown she wore for an official portrait in 1985 (below). It had a unique black rosette at the neckline in the back. The other one that I really remembered her wearing was the stunning long white, sequined halter dress she wore on a solo visit to the US in '95 or '97 (can't remember at the moment). To see it in front of me was really awesome. I saw an actual piece of her wedding cake (it was fruitcake so not even moldy, just VERY DRY looking) in a special gift box someone had taken home from the reception. I saw letters she had written, furniture she had and a china doll of her in her amazing wedding gown and train. I felt 11 all over again seeing all of this up close and personal. This really made my vacation. My oldest son really enjoyed it, too because he knew what a "fan" I was of her. Don't you just love it when you stumble across something you weren't expecting?