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“To use my dresses and treasures to bring succor and support to those in need.”
The dream lives on…through our fund raising initiative “An Invitation to Kensington Palace.”
Beyond what money, power or fame can buy… Imagine the ultimate opportunity to host your own private evening at London's historic State Apartments, Kensington Palace, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity!
Whether you wish to create the most opulent dinner for up to 170 guests, spoil 10 of your closest friends, or whisk away your beloved for the most sublimely captivating night for two, this rare enchanted evening will undoubtedly become one of the most magical of your life.
Diana, Princess of Wales Dress Collection Following the storybook wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles in 1981, the late Princess Diana became the most celebrated model of British clothing since Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. The Princess commissioned scores of elegant dresses once worn to events that ranged from London movie premieres to official tours of the Commonwealth.
The Foundation In 1997, just months prior to her death, Princess Diana had a number of gowns in her royal dress collection auctioned by world-famous Christie's to raise money for her favorite humanitarian causes. Fourteen of the dresses were anonymously acquired by a philanthropist from Florida.
It is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected. What originated with the purchase of the collection of a Princess led to the creation of a Foundation dedicated to acquire, maintain, preserve, and display to the public items of historical and cultural interest relating to Diana, the Princess of Wales; And, to conduct both directly and through grants to other charitable organizations, activities in furtherance of the charitable and educational purposes supported or endorsed by Princess Diana during her lifetime…
“Dresses For Humanity” Under the guidance of the Smithsonian Institution an exhibit of the Dresses of the Princess of Wales traveled the globe with the proceeds benefiting various charities along the tour until with approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Charles, the dresses were “put to rest” at Kensington Palace, her former home, for the enjoyment and education of the public and for the close proximity of her two sons.
Kensington Palace In appreciation of the Historical Royal Palaces' long-term use of the Princess Diana Dress Collection, access to a number of the historic rooms within the State Apartments has been granted to The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. to assist with its fund raising initiative. As part of that exchange, select rooms that are typically unavailable to non-royals and only available to the highest ranking members of the royal family may be utilized for private dinners and/or parties.
Historic Rooms Cupola Room: As the principal stateroom of the Palace, it was here that the young Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1819. The lavish decoration in this room was executed by William Kent. The ceiling is painted with octagonal coffers (ornamental sunken panels) in blue and gold. Furnishings in this room include a magnificent 18th-century musical clock that once played tunes by Handel, Corelli and Geminiani and an impressive bas-relief by Michael Rysbrack depicting a Roman marriage.
Historic Rooms King’s Drawing Room:This room was the focal point of court life where, on public days, the king would meet members of the court, dressed in their finery. Like the Cupola Room, the King's Drawing Room was lit by four carved, gilt chandeliers made by Gumley and Moore. The room is hung with mainly 17th-century paintings including two by Benedetto Gennari painted for King Charles II in 1676. Opposite the fireplace is Venus and Cupid by Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) after Michelangelo. The over door portraits of Venetian Dogs are by Odoardo Fialetti and were acquired by Sir Henry Wotton, a former ambassador to Venice, and bequeathed by him to Charles I.
Historic Rooms The King's Gallery:Built for King William III in 1695, the room was intended as a gallery for some of the finest portraits in the Royal Collection, a function it still serves today.In 1725, the King commissioned William Kent to design and decorate a new gallery. The remarkable wind dial above the chimneypiece was made for King William by Robert Morden in 1694. The art displayed in the gallery includes important masterpieces by Bassano, Bonifazio and Tintoretto that hung in the gallery during the reign of King George II. The ceiling paintings depict scenes from the story of Ulysses and were executed by William Kent and an assistant in 1725.
Historic Rooms Queen Mary’s Gallery:When this gallery was first built, the paneled walls were hung with white silk chosen by the Queen. The large mahogany cabinet was originally made as an organ case for Queen Caroline in 1735 but was converted into a cabinet by William Vile in 1763 on the orders of Queen Charlotte. A concealed entrance in the paneling of the room led to the apartments of the Maids of Honor.The splendid full-length portrait of Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, which hangs on the south wall was painted for King William III by Sir Godfrey Kneller during the Tsar's visit to London in 1698. The west wall is hung mainly with family portraits, including one of King William III and Queen Mary by William Wissing painted in 1685, and a portrait of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, first wife of King James II and mother of Queen Mary painted by Sir Peter Lely circa 1662.
Reservations • Dinner: Offering a superb menu selection, your uniquely private dinner may take place in either the magnificent King'sDrawing Room which can accommodate up to 90 guests, the opulent Cupola Room which can accommodate 80, or both rooms may be utilized together for up to 170 guests. Alternatively, you may wish an intimate dinner party for your closest friends, or as the ultimate private dining experience for two as the most romantically intimate evening imaginable. • Cocktails: Available in the Cupola Room or surrounding the Princess Diana Dress Collection with close of evening champagne toast in the elegant Queen Mary's Gallery. • Entertainment: The entertainment of your choice may be selected as approved by the Palace, or a private concert with revered members of the London Symphony Orchestra is available for a cocktail reception in the King's Gallery.
Reservations • Weddings: Without question, this is the perfect location for the ultimate, paparazzi-free, no fly zone, private celebrity wedding! • Palace Tour: A private tour of Kensington Palace and the State Apartments including a viewing of the acclaimed Princess Diana Dress Collection may also be arranged. Alongside the dress collection, a stunning new exhibit of Mario Testino's images originally taken for Vanity Fair magazine is now running. Unknown at the time, these images were to be the last official portraits taken of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Charitable Deduction As a bona fide 501c3 registered charity, the donation for the evening is 100% tax deductible through The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. where your dollars continue to serve the dream… ….of a Princess. Reserve this rare opportunity to host your own royal evening at Kensington Palace now. Contact the exclusive representative: Kaya Morgan, and Team: Lucia Kaiser &Thomas Fetzek IMAGINE MediaWorks, Las Vegas, NV E-mail: MediaLasVegas@aol.com; Tel: 702-242-3247