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'Diana, a Celebration' exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center is a royal treat

Banner for "Diana, a Celebration" exhibit
Banner for "Diana, a Celebration" exhibit
courtesy Cincinnati Museum Center

She was called the "People's Princess" and now you can commemorate the life of Princess Diana when you attend the special exhibit "Diana, a Celebration" being held at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio from now through August 17.

"Diana, A Celebration" An award-winning exhibition that is on loan from the Althorp Estate (the Spencer family's 500 year old home), "Diana, a Celebration" presents information about the Princess' life and humanitarian work and features nine galleries filled with more than 150 items and memorabilia from Diana's life.

Of course, a spotlighted item is Diana's ivory silk Royal Wedding gown from her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, a spectacle estimated to have been watched by 750 million people around the world.

Other items in the exhibit include two diamond tiaras, priceless family jewels, the original text of Earl Charles Spencer's tribute to his sister at her funeral at Westminster Abbey, original family paintings, home movies and photos, childhood toys, condolence books signed by the public after Diana's death and more than 25 dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess accompanied by photos of Diana wearing the apparel and details about the events where the gowns were worn.

Another featured item in the exhibit is the score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition adapted from the song "Candle in the Wind" that was performed by Elton John at Princess Diana's funeral.

Special Note About the Exhibit: This is the last public appearance for this exhibit. Touring the world since 2003, the items in the exhibit are required to be returned to Diana's two sons, William and Harry by Earl Charles Spencer (Diana's brother) when the youngest son turns 30. Prince Harry turns 30 in September, 2014.

Hours for the "Diana, a Celebration" exhibit are noon - 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, noon - 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibit has timed entry tickets. Admission is $24 (through July 31) and $25 (August 1-17) for adults, $21 (through July 31) and $22 (August 1-17) for seniors and $16 (through July 31) and $22 (August 1-17) for children. General parking is $4-$6.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel is offering a special room rate for "Diana, a Celebration" attendees. You can book a superior room with either 2 double beds or one queen bed from $143.20 per night. You can make reservations by calling 513-421-9100. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel is located at 35 W. 5th St. in Cincinnati.

For more information about the "Diana, a Celebration" exhibit or about the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal call 513-287-7000 or get online at

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is located at 1301 Western Ave. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland.

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