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Diana’s famous John Travolta dress to go on display at Kensington Palace

By United States Federal Government - from the Ronald Reagan Library:, Public Domain,

Diana, Princess of Wales’s famous midnight blue “John Travolta dress” that she wore to the White House in 1985 is set to go on display at Kensington Palace.

Historic Royal Palaces purchased the dress last December for £220,000, and it has remained behind closed doors since. Now that Kensington Palace is reopening to the public, the dress will be the star attraction. This is the first time this gown will be on display in her former residence.

By United States Federal Government – from the Ronald Reagan Library:, Public Domain,

The Head of Kensington Palace, Sam Owen, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to the palace again this Thursday.

“Kensington Palace was built to be enjoyed by hundreds of people and it’s been sad to see it so quiet over the past couple of months.

“Myself and the team can’t wait to welcome visitors back again and give them a suitably royal welcome.

“We’ve never needed their support more – each visit is an important contribution to help us maintain this wonderful building for generations to come.”

The velvet dress had been expected to fetch up to £350,000 at the 2019 auction, but Historic Royal Palaces was able to purchase it for over £100,00 less.

The then-Princess of Wales wore the gown during a visit to the United States in November 1985 while President Ronald Reagan was in office. During an evening reception, Diana took to the dance floor with American actor John Travolta, and the photos of the dance became extremely popular.

Kensington Palace opens back up tomorrow after it closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets can be booked online to visit the royal residence and see the dress.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.