The uncrating had almost as much ceremony as a royal event.
In a way, it was. The emergence of Princess Diana’s wedding dress at Union Station on Monday was choreographed for maximum press exposure. The BBC even came — and its people, presumably, have seen it before.
The large wooden crate marked “fragile” and “protect from all elements” was rolled in and the front panel unscrewed. Two full-time handlers gently rolled the dress out and removed the protective tissue from the standing mannequin.
“The most famous dress in the world for the moment,” announced handler Graeme Murton, thinking ahead to the as-yet-unseen nuptial gown that Kate Middleton will wear this spring.
Murton and his partner, Nick Grossmark, have reverence for their work but they also have a sense of humor. Murton referred to the equipment that moved the crate as “the most famous dolly in the world.”
The 1981 wedding dress is the centerpiece of “Diana, A Celebration,” an exhibit that opens at Union Station on Friday and runs through June 12.
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