LONDON - A desk, family photos and music tapes that belonged to Princess Diana have been put on display at Buckingham Palace to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.
Staff at the London home of Queen Elizabeth II recreated Diana's working space in Kensington Palace, where she undertook tasks including writing letters and reading briefings. The exhibition, in one of the palace’s state rooms, pays tribute to Diana’s love of music and dance.
“It was chosen to reflect an aspect of Diana, Princess of Wales’ official duties. So the work that she would undertake at her desk before and after engagements,” curator Sally Goodsir told the Associated Press.
“So, we’ve really tried to recreate her desk as it was in her sitting room at Kensington Palace. And using objects that she had upon her desk and from memories that her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have of her.”
The display includes Diana's treasured belongings including photos of family and friends. Many of the items were selected by her sons, princes William and Harry.
“Some of the pieces on display really reflect the princess’ personal interests,” said Goodsir. “These include her ballet shoes, she was well-known as a lover of dance, and then also her set of cassette tapes, popular music such as Elton John and George Michael, but also pieces from classical repertoire, including Pavarotti.”
The exhibition is part of Buckingham Palace’s 25th annual summer opening, which runs until Oct. 1.
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