Princess Diana had perhaps the most iconic wedding dress the royal family has ever seen. But tragically, her life as a royal was not everything she had hoped for. Diana married Prince Charles, although the two were never completely in love. Charles’ love affair with the real woman of his dreams, Camilla Parker Bowles, led Diana and Charles to divorce. A decade later Diana died in a tragic car accident. But what ever happened to that iconic dress?
Diana’s dress had a 25-foot train
When David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed Diana’s dress, they wanted it to be two things: something that would go down in history and something that Diana loved. The dress was made to measure and provided with a 25-foot train. Today, there has been no royal train longer than Diana’s. However, her train was so long that it was reported that it did not fit in the carriage that transported her and her father to the cathedral and was eventually somewhat wrinkled. Princess Diana also had a back-up dress in case her original design was revealed, but luckily she didn’t have to wear it.
When she died, her brother watched over the gown
In August 1997, Princess Diana was in a car that reportedly surpassed the paparazzi when the vehicle lost control and crashed. Diana died and left her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Her entire estate had to be divided and she left money not only to her sons, but also to her butler, her other relatives and her godchildren. Her physical items, such as the wedding dress, also had to be distributed. More than ten years after her death, her dress was in the hands of her brother, Earl Spencer, who watched over it until Diana’s two sons grew older.
Eventually, the gown became part of Prince William and Prince Harry’s trust
Prince William and Prince Harry were hardly teenagers when Diana died, so they could not inherit anything they wanted to leave from them. Instead, their legacy was set up in a trust fund that they had access to when they turned 25. However, after she passed away, her family introduced a derogation that made their funds unavailable until they were 30. (They could get access to interest at 25.) This included certain mementos, such as her wedding dress. When Prince William turned 30, Diana’s dress was handed over from her brother to her older son. The dress was immediately left to both Prince William and Prince Harry.
No other royal wedding dress has ever surpassed Diana’s
Diana’s dress was iconic. Even today, everyone who remembers the princess who marries Prince Charles remembers that huge train and the beautiful bride who walks down the aisle. Although Diana ‘s relationship with Charles did not last long, she was still very widely respected by both the public and the royal family. This has made it difficult for Camilla Parker Bowles to get the love she wanted so badly from the public. However, it has grown on people in recent years. Yet nobody will forget the dress that Diana wore on her big day.
This article originally appeared in cheatsheet.