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In this Oct. 1, 2009 file photo, people look at the wedding dress of Lady Diana Spencer during a preview of the exhibition "Diana: A Celebration" at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Diana exhibit to conclude public tour in Ohio

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Museum Center will be the last stop next year on the public exhibition tour for an exhibition about the late Princess Diana.

The exhibit titled “Diana: A Celebration” displays her wedding dress, a tiara, and some 150 pieces of memorabilia about the famed and ill-fated Lady Diana Spencer, killed in a 1997 car crash in Paris.

The items are on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s ancestral home in England. They will be turned over to Diana’s sons later.

The center will host the exhibit from Feb 14-Aug. 17.

It includes the ivory silk dress she wore before a global audience in her 1981 wedding, designer gowns and suits, home movies and photos, and condolence books signed by the public. Other items include childhood toys and a copy of the special adaptation of “Candle in the Wind” sung by Elton John at her funeral, signed by him and co-writer Bernie Taupin.

"The exhibit puts into context the things she was able to accomplish in the short period of time she lived,” said John Norman, president of the Arts and Exhibits International, which organized the exhibition.

The dress and other memorabilia have been displayed each July and August at the Althorp estate.

More than 1 million people have already seen the touring exhibit since 2003. Cincinnati officials are delighted to be the last to show it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

"There’s a sense of urgency and excitement around having those objects on display for the last time,” said Elizabeth Pierce, the museum center’s vice president for marketing and communications.

It began display last month at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa, through Jan. 5.

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Online: http://www.dianaexhibition.com/

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