Princess Diana's royal wedding dress arrives in Lou.

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 7:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Royal watchers around the globe will have their eyes fixed on "Louisville as princess Diana's most famous gowns and jewels go on display at the Frazier History Museum.
 
That iconic gown worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day was taken out of a climate controlled crate, shipped direct from Althorp Estate in England. Then carefully Graeme Murton and Nick Grossmark, the only two people allowed to touch the gown, unwrap it for it's Louisville debut.
 
" We have to be very very careful because it is getting old . It is still in very good condition . It was never actually white. A lot of people say to us, it should have been white and people think it was faded but it's not. It's always been ivory," said Graeme Murton.
 
They wear gloves to protect it, it's silk taffeta detailed with small sea pearls around the waist.
 
"This was lace designed to match the front which was a gift from Queen Mary to the Royal School of Needlework . Then they dyed that a lighter shade to the dress itself then embellished with all those sea pearls and mother of pearls sequins," said Nick Grossmark.
 
The gown itself is very light, in fact it only weighs roughly two pounds.
 
The veil and train carried all the weight it  arrives in a separate crate and will be on display in this glass case. The train is a staggering 25 feet long. The men a have been caring for and installing the clothing and items in the exhibition for more than a decade.
 
"With something like this and we are meeting people, we are like ambassadors to somebody that actually created so much in her short life. I think it is such a pleasure and an honor," said Murton.
 
The exhibit also features more than a 150 objects, personal letters, home videos, pictures, 28 other gowns and of course plenty of diamonds and tiaras.

" The jewels, I say bling bling. They invented bling bling. There are diamonds this big, they are fabulous," said Murton.
 
It also focuses on Diana's humanitarian efforts which made this princess a legend.
 
" She was a people's princess. She actually held a hand out to people, " said Murton.
 
The exhibit opens Saturday  to the public through January 13. For information on tickets call 888-71-tickets or visit www.Fraziermuseum.Org.
 

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