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Princess Diana’s wedding gown heads home to London for Prince Harry’s 30th

Prince Harry’s upcoming birthday will be big – and it’s not just because he’s about to turn the big 3-0. To mark the occasion of the royal son’s milestone birthday, Prince Harry and his brother Prince William will finally get one of their late mother’s most famous possessions. On Tuesday, People revealed that 17 years after Princess Diana’s death, her sons will get possession of her iconic wedding dress, as well as other personal items.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Prince Harry makes a speech as he unveils the British Armed Forces Team For The Invictus Games at Potters Field Park on August 13, 2014 in London, England.
Photo by Stuart C. Wilson

The Princess of Wales famously walked down the aisle for her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles in the ivory silk-and-taffeta lace dress. Following her death in 1997, Diana's will stipulated that the dress should be given to her boys after her youngest son turned 30 years old. Prince Harry will celebrate his 30th birthday on Sept. 15.

The famous David and Elizabeth Emanuel gown, which boasts a 25-foot train and thousands of pearls, was the centerpiece of an exhibit in Northamptonshire at Althorp, the 500 year old estate of the Spencer family, and was also part of a tour that took it around the globe. But the is now en route to London, prompting buzz that it will be part of a future public display.

Items from Princess Diana’s wedding are obviously very sentimental to her children. In 2010, when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, he presented his future wife with his late mother’s engagement ring, an 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The nervous prince carried the precious ring around with him for three weeks in Africa before he finally proposed. "I literally would not let it go,” he said, according to Today. “Everywhere I went, I was keeping a hold of it because I knew, this thing, if it disappeared, I'd be in a lot of trouble,”

Time revealed that in addition to Princess Diana’s wedding dress, items such as family jewels, pictures, letters and home movies were part of the museum display, and all contents were slated to be transferred to her sons once Harry turns 30.