Top of the morning to you, FlyBabes!
Truth be told, this is a bit of a #TBT, as the forever FlyBoy and I visited London back in April. (It was part of a belated anniversary gift that included tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I know, I like him, too. ♥️) But as we’re right around the time of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, I think it’s the perfect time to give you guys a peek inside one of the exhibits we visited while we were there: Diana: Her Fashion Story.
First, this exhibit is held inside Kensington Palace. William and Kate now live their with their ridiculously cute kids, George and Charlotte, but Diana lived there back in the day, which makes it an especially appropriate home for the exhibit.
Before we go inside, take a peek at the gardens, named for Diana:
Lovely, right? Clearly, I’m right at home…
The grounds also include The Orangery, which is, IMO, one of the best places to have tea in London. It’s so bright and airy, the tea is delicious, and the view is a palace. What’s not to love? (I failed to get a gorgeous shot, so get in that link!)
Now, onto the exhibit! While I believe some days’ pre-sale tickets are sold out, they release a few every day, so long as you show up at the crack, you should be just fine. (I’d recommend about an hour before the 10 a.m. opening time; go with a scone and enjoy the view.
Hey, Queen V!
Once you get inside, you’ll get a little peek at Kensington Palace proper…
And then you’ll make it to the exhibit, which, I have to say, is beautifully done. The clothing is gorgeous—and, more often than not, timeless—and all the information accompanying it feels very intimate. (For instance, the plaque next to her famous green velvet gown points out that if you look closely, you can see little handprints pushed into the material, most likely from either William or Harry, hugging mom on her way out. How cute is that?) Take a look:
Kate certainly knows where to look for inspiration, does she not?
The “Elvis Dress.” ✨
The little handprints!
The exhibit also taught me that it was William who encouraged his mom to put her most famous dresses up for auction so that the money could be donated to her favorite charities. I know, I’m a sap and I’m drinking the Queen’s royal garden party punch a little too hard, but that note made me a little verklempt reading it. The feels, y’all!
I won’t show you every picture I snapped, just in case you go visit it yourself. It’s on until February, and I’d love to leave some surprises for you! But I will say this: Before you leave, stop in the gift shop. If you’re a royal nut like me, you will love the swag in this joint. Books, tea sets, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, the whole enchilada can be found in here, and TBH, I could have probably bought it all. My mama and I both love tea, so I brought her back this:
And I picked up one of these, too:
Naturally. Tea at my place anytime, y’all! I’ll do you up, duchess-style.
P.S. Do you have a favorite Diana style? Hit me in the comments—I’d love to discuss!