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Princess Superstar

Exhibit pays tribute to the only royalty Americans ever cared about.

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Since her death a decade ago, Princess Diana’s legacy has swelled. Diana: A Celebration, which opens today at the Western Reserve Historical Society, pays tribute to Charles’ ex with an exhibit that includes more than 150 items. “This puts her life into context,” says John Norman, president of Arts & Exhibitions International, which organized the traveling exhibition. “When you understand where her family heritage came from, you understand more about her as a human being.”

The memorabilia and photos go a long way toward cementing Diana Spencer’s status as the people’s princess. In addition to her famous wedding dress and a gold tiara that’s been in the Spencer family since the early 1800s, Diana: A Celebration includes pre-princess curios like a stuffed animal from her childhood and the dictionary she used in school. “She was just like an ordinary kid,” says Norman. “She touched so many people. She had some normal situations, with divorce and eating disorders. She wasn’t just a princess.”
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 25, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through June 1

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