Lady Diana exhibit to draw crowds

    When Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, an estimated one billion people around the world watched the fairy tale wedding on TV.

    When Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, an estimated one billion people around the world watched the fairy tale wedding on TV.

    The white dress with its 25-foot long train can be seen up close beginning Friday at the National Constitution Center’s exhibit about Lady Diana. For many fans, the clothes made the woman.

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    The Constitution Center hopes the display of personal artifacts from the British monarchy’s most famous export will draw visitors into the surrounding exhibits about American democracy. And they might be right: an unprecedented 11,000 pre-sale tickets have already been sold.

    The exhibit is made up of nine galleries but to most visitors only one matters: the one with all the dresses.

    85-year-old Morning Star Major of West Philadelphia came to the exhibit to celebrate her birthday.

    Major: Anything she went to do she made sure she looked the part and then she did it. She was sharp as a tack. She was vibrant, she was beautiful, she was in style.

    The life of Lady Di can be told through her dresses. A short, pale blue cocktail dress is accompanied by text explaining that after her divorce from Charles she felt freer to show off her legs.

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