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Old 10-06-2009, 12:17 AM
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It's interesting about the family films you had never seen,Iowabelle. Do you think these have been seen publicly before or not? Perhaps not, as Earl Spencer did have quite a bit of films and photos of his children, however, it seems everything associated with Diana has been seen publicly at one time or the other.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:56 PM
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I think, although Spencer didn't say so, that these films had been shown at his stable block museum ... and possibly in Japan and at other U.S. exhibitions.

I have a pretty good memory for Diana images so I'm pretty confident I haven't seen them on TV or in books before. The only Diana exhibit I've been to was the traveling dresses.
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The footage was played at the end of the concert. Well on the dvd of the concert.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:21 PM
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I just went to "Diana: A Celebration" at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Nice overall, but somewhat lacking (I didn't learn anything new), especially for the steep admission ($23). It only seemed like a big exhibition because the line was moving slowly and it took almost an hour to go through the whole thing.

They didn't have any of Diana's most famous evening dresses on display (like the John Travolta one, the Elvis one, the white beaded Dior w/ the bolero), and I would have liked to have learned more about the Spencer women, especially her grandmother, Cynthia. But I guess that's why the Earl's book "The Spencers" is for sale at the end of the tour for a nice $53 .

Question: The wedding dress that travels with the exhibit, is that a replica? I remember reading that the replica is traveling and the original is kept somewhere safe from all that harsh lighting. Also, the lace on the dress didn't look very antique. I would have to say the dress on display looked better than it did on Diana on her wedding day. The one on display was not as wrinkled (didn't have to ride in a carriage) and the mannequin filled it out (Diana lost a lot of weight after her last fitting, so the dress ended up being big).
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:55 PM
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I have just returned from the Diana Exhibit in Philly, there were pros and cons to this exhibit. I thought there would be more personal jewls of Diana's and well just more. The portion that I found well done was that it was about Diana not Willaim not Harry not Charles but her life they way it should have been done. The other thing I found off was that the Earl Spencer was had a gift shope were you can buy Diana nic nacks for very high prices and that he was selling his books there for 54.oo dollars a peice. You may buy them at Barns and Nobles for 20 lol.....
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:09 AM
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Does anyone know, are the profits from this show going to charity?
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:28 AM
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Probably the Charles Spencer charity.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:43 AM
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As to the jewellery I think that Diana mainly wore jewels lent to her by the Queen and the Queen mother. The Spencer tiara would go back to the Spencer family, and then her engagement ring was inherited by William I think.
I read somewhere that the beautiful pearls she was wearing in one of her last official photographs were borrowed, with the understanding that she could later on buy them if she wanted to, so it doesn´t surprise me there were few jewels on show.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:09 PM
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Was the wedding tiara on display? Nobody's said. All I know is that awkward hybrid tiara was going to be there.
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The Spencer tiara was displayed with the veil and wedding dress. However, I'm not sure whether it's a replica and it's high on the mannequin's head, so you can't see it close up. But it does look authentic (i.e. made of diamonds and not of rhinestone) and if it is a replica, it is a very accurate.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:54 PM
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Oh how I wish I could see this exhibit while it is in the United States- but would really like to go to Antwerp sometime and see the estate there. Those of you who have see it are so lucky!
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:58 PM
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Do you mean Althorp? Althorp is her family's estate, and there's a display there that's open during the summer months.
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Exclamation Diana: A Celebration Comes to Philidelphia, PA USA

The National Constitution Center in Philidelphia, PA USA will have nine galleries dedicated to the life and celebration of Diana, Princess of Wales. The galleries will include the life and legacy of Diana starting from her young childhood, to her engagement with HRH Prince Charles, to her marriage, to her charity work, etc. The galleries will be open from Oct 2nd - Dec 31st 2009. Apparently some of her personal artifacts will be included, like dresses, etc.
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The Spencer tiara was displayed with the veil and wedding dress. However, I'm not sure whether it's a replica and it's high on the mannequin's head, so you can't see it close up. But it does look authentic (i.e. made of diamonds and not of rhinestone) and if it is a replica, it is a very accurate.
Oh, I believe it was a replica.
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Are there any photos one might post of this tiara on the display? I'd love to see it- thanks in advance!
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:19 PM
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you could not take photos in the exhibit sorry I wish i could have.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:49 PM
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Empress Rouge, I saw on TV a few years ago a report about how the dress was cared for in transit and how conservators have to work with the fabric to protect it, so at that time it was the real dress.

If it's any kind of a reputable display, if these things are replicas, they should be labeled as such.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:08 PM
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I thought the dress was real but the tiara did not look as bright and real as the pictures that I have seen in the past and even the ones at the exhibit....looked very fake to me but I am not a jewler....I may be wrong
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I still haven't seen the exhibit, but I would imagine taking the real tiara would be a security and insurance nightmare.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:01 PM
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I would imagine that the Earl, any company transporting these items and the museums would all have insurance on them. And the Earl should provide security and insurance for them anyway (otherwise I'd be nipping into Althorp for a souvenir).
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