The last time the dress was displayed at Princess Diana’s former home was in 1995, and it has been privately owned by her sons since 2014, when Prince Harry turned 30, as per her wishes.
It is undoubtedly one of the most famous dresses in the world, and made headlines for weeks after it was finally revealed on the day of the royal wedding on 29th July 1981.
The dress was of course designed by husband and wife duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel, and stood out thanks to its huge train, puff sleeves and bow details.
To mark the opening of the exhibition, Elizabeth spoke to Grazia and revealed one important fact we didn’t know about: that the royal personally asked the designers to create a copy of her wedding dress to be exhibited at Madame Tussaud’s.
Of course, royal fans will also know that a similar second wedding dress had been created for the big day, in case designs for the original one were leaked. It was very similar, though a more simpler version with a more pronounced V neckline.
She also revealed how life changing that original commission was, saying ‘We knew that we would be creating something that would be an important part of history: we were dressing the future Queen. It was fabulous. It was like having the biggest catwalk in the world.’
The designer also revealed she plans to recreated the dress for her personal archives, and we don’t blame her.