my journey from Finchley to Fort Wayne (oops maybe not) then onto to Illinois.
I was discovered in a box in an auction house in Finchley by lady called Diana Fox. I was lying next to three elegant Edwardian lady figurines all made by Coalport, all in perfect condition, all ready for sale. I of course was the star item, in my iconic wedding dress, with my beautiful bouquet and perfect peach complexion. Diana Fox was particularly excited to see me as she knew her friend, Jacalyn flax, would be only too happy to bid for me, as she had spent the last 16 years, dragging her up to KensingtonPalace in memory of my passing. she had held the camera, and filmed Jacalyn as she regularly posted, the annual tribute to me on 31 August on YouTube.
They discussed intently, how much they were prepared to spend, then once decided Diana went off to bid and Jacalyn waited for a phone call. Several hours later a somber Diana was on the phone ‘we didn’t get it’
" I knew we wouldn’t, what did it go for?"
‘Yeah, we did!’ Diana couldn’t contain herself,’ there was one guy, I knew he really wanted it but we beat him! I’m so pleased, we’re really going to make a killing!(No pun intended). Jacalyn wasn’t sure that now was a good time to tell her, she didn’t think she could resell me. ‘I don’t think I can, let me see her first. You can take the other three and sell them.’
‘Thanks for nothing, all profit is in the Princess Diana.’
‘Let me look at her, then I’ll make a decision.’
Several days later, Diana, her husband Alistair, Jacalyn and her mother sat looking at me the porcelain figurine on her mother’s coffee table.
‘I think you should keep her’ Alastair suggested.
‘You can’t keep her here,’ Jacalyn’s mother added firmly,’ there’s no room. We could put her in a cupboard’
‘you are not putting Princess Diana in a cupboard!’ But as, she looked round the apartment, Jacalyn had to admit that wasn’t an inch of space to put the some what large iconic figurine in a wedding gown.’
Diana narrowed eyes ‘well, what are you going to do?’
‘I’m going to take her where I know she’ll be appreciated, she’s coming back with me to the US’
How exactly she was going to get me there was another issue.
“wrap her up in plenty of bubble wrap, I’ll take her with me’
So they packed me in the centre of a suitcase surrounded by everything soft and spongey, in the other case, they packed all the shoes and boots. When we arrived at the airport, we discovered that the case I was in was a good 10 lbs lighter than the case with the shoes. So they opened both cases and started throwing all the shoes into my case. Suddenly, I heard a scream ‘Diana!!!! No!!’ I was swiftly yanked out the case, ‘I’ll take her on the plane with me.’
So I was placed in the centre of a carry on bag and taken through customs. Almost through, after the final x-ray, I was abruptly pulled to one side. Jacalyn started to panic as all the items were pulled one by one from the case and examined ‘what are you looking for?’, ‘liquids’ came the reply, although the inspector didn’t even raise his eyes, ‘there is no liquids in that!’ Jacalyn, yelled as the man picked me up and placed me in a tray;
‘There are no liquids in that bubble wrap! What are you doing? This is ridiculous!’
.’Treating this passenger as hostile!!!!’ called the customs agent to his superior.
‘I’ll give you bloody hostile! Treating me like a terrorist and pulling a porcelain figure to one side, telling me your looking for liquids.’
The superior approached and warned her if she didn’t calm down she might miss her plane, the man was only doing his job.
Apparently, at one stage in her life, Jacalyn was quite a fine actress, so when all else fails, she turned on the waterworks and started to cry. The superior began to placate her, ‘please calm down,(sobs) look you don’t have to cry, (heavy sobs) just stop,(more sobbing) can’t you stop? (desperate wail) O K, let me sort this out’ He disappeared for a moment and returned with the offending item.
‘It was this’ he showed her a can of hairspray. ‘this is why they pulled you over’
‘Thank you’ she sobbed ‘Does that mean I can go? And you can put everything back?’ her biggest fear, that I would be removed and damaged, seemed to be retreating.
I was stowed in a very roomy cupboard on the plane by a very sweet hostess, and I arrived in the U.S. as I left London.
And now I am home in Illinois with Danielle, where I will be loved and admired, looked at on Facebook whenever Danielle decides to put me up.
But definitely, no more journeys, thankfully.
When Jacalyn told me about finding Diana at the Auction I was very excited since the idea was to orignally sell her to raise money for this website. I knew I would have to keep my distance and stick with the plan to sell her when she arrived in my home. Then Jac told me She wanted me to keep her my response was "Are you sure" ? " yes" she told me "I want you to have her ." Since then I knew that I was blessed with a special gift from a very special friend. So with that Diana is home and safe and i am very lucky to be able to give her a permenant home.
It is that time of year again and you wonder what to get that Royalty fan in your life for Christmas.Since I have some family members who often find myself
hard to buy for I thought I would create a list of some items that would be a great ideas.Starting with our our favorite collectible company Hamilton Collections they have really catered to the Royalty fans this year with the release of their Diana and William Figurine Kate and George and Her Majesty in her Coronation Robes.
Ashton Drake also has The Queen for sale but because she is new she may not be available in time for the Holidays so here is a tip print out a photo of the doll paste it in a Christmas card and include a message that she is on her way.
The Danbury Mint also has their version of baby Cambridge
And High fashion Kate Doll
If Dolls are are not your person's thing you can also look for the Kate Middleton 2014 Calendar
Available From Amazon
Another great gift is a year Subscription of Royalty magazine for the US customers it is 70.00 for the year
Check Out Where's Olivia
Well there you go these are just a few ideas I am sure you can always find something that will make a awesome gift for that Royal fan in your life.
I want to wish all the Diana's legacy readers and Visitors a Happy Thanksgiving
Last night was the premiere of the Lifetime movie The House of Versace. The film is based on the life of Donatella Versace and her family after the death of Gianni Versace in 1997. I expected to see Diana make some sort of appearance but she was every where in this film it really makes you think about how much influnce she had on the brand at the time.Who knew at the time of her divorce that the Versace's was really trying to help Diana break free of the royal restraints in her wardrobe. In this film she was mentioned at least seven times and shown on screen via real footage through out the film. . Many would wonder why she was such a major influnce in this movie one reason is because she helped put VERSACE on the map, she also was a friend of the family.The way Diana was put in this film was very tastful and there wasn't any cheesy actress portraying her.
::Photos from the Film::
::A look at Diana's Versace Wardrobe::
These gowns are also made for Diana by Versace
there were made for foreign tours and private functions
they are currently on display in the Diana a Celebration exhibit
DESIGNED BY VERSACE IN THE 1990'S, FOR A FOREIGN VISIT TO AN ARAB COUNTRY.
::Diana at Her Friend Gianni's Funeral::
This is the last time Diana ever wore Versace a few months later we would lose Diana.
It was at Gianni's funeral that Diana and Elton John made up after a silly rift between them over the book
Rock and Royalty.
Diana was asked by Elton to write the Foreword to Gianni's book and when she found
out that it had featured nude photos she refused to be a part of it.
This led to Diana and Elton not speaking for awhile.
Thank god they were able to make up before the tragic ending to Diana's life.
Naomi Watts paid tribute to Diana by wearing Versace to the Premier of her movie DIANA
Here are the names of the next gowns that will appear on the Queen Elizabeth Figurines.
Queen Elizabeth A Royal Bride: This is suppose to be No 2 in the series.
No4 Queen Elizabeth II Meets The Kennedys
No5The Queen's Maple Leaf of Canada Dress
No6 The Queen's Night Out In New Zealand
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She is here and boy do I love this one! I have to say that Hamilton Collections has come a long way with their people figurines. I started with thier Diana figurines way back in 2007 and since then they have really perfected their sculpturing of these little faces.Every once in awhile you get one that is a little off but the latest ones have been much better. Their attention to details are better too. This Queen figurine has to be one of the best they have done of the Royal ladies to date. Let's get to her photos...
Now this photo large because in order to see how gorgeous she is we need the large photo !
She is huge there is alot of resin in this grand lady.The gown is spectaular and glitters in the light.
Close up on the detail work on her gown
Lovely face sculpt and detailed crown
She is worth every penny and if you saw the photo from the 3rd issue released today you know this is going to be one fabulous series to collect. There is so much to see on this piece ,I will probably be looking at her for days just to see every detail
To order one for your self use the graphic on the right hand side of the site.
Many thanks to Hamilton Collections for this awesome figurine.
Thanks to Hamilton Collections here is a sneak peek of the 3rd issue in the Royal Style of Queen Elizabeth series.
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I do not have all these but I found the photos on Ebay and thought I would share them incase any one was looking for the whole series.