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Princess Diana made her last trip to the United States in 1997, just months before she died.

The occasion was a Christies auction to sell 79 of her dresses. “The sale raised over $4 million for charity and signified a fresh start in her life as she cleared out her closet for the cause,” People magazine writes.


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As part of the “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit at Kensington Palace, opening February 24, many of her famous outfits will be featured, including the dress she wore for her last visit in the U.S.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A member of staff poses with a dress designed by Catherine Walker, which Princess Diana wore to a Christies Auction Gala in New York in 1997, during a preview for the forthcoming 'Diana: Her Fashion Story' exhibition at Kensington Palace on February 16, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. On August 31st this year it will be 20 years since Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris. As part of the events commemorating her life Kensington Palace are showing a number of her dresses in a new exhibition 'Diana: Her Fashion Story' which opens to the public on February 24th. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) A member of staff poses with a dress designed by Catherine Walker, which Princess Diana wore to a Christies Auction Gala in New York in 1997, during a preview for the forthcoming ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace on February 16, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. On August 31st this year it will be 20 years since Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris. As part of the events commemorating her life Kensington Palace are showing a number of her dresses in a new exhibition ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ which opens to the public on February 24th. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The cream floral shift dress is by Catherine Walker and was worn on June 23, 1997.

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“It is embellished with beautiful sequins that give it a lustrous sheen when she walked,” the exhibit’s curator Eleri Lynn tells People. “It’s quite a simple design and that was a conscious effort to focus attention on the very glamorous dresses that were being sold.”

Remembering Princess Diana

This is the last outfit Princess Diana wore in the United States Tim Graham/Getty Images
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