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Royal Wedding Viewing Party to be Held Amongst Last U.S. Exhibit of 14 of Princess Diana's Gowns

Release Date: Apr 15,2011

For More Information Contact:
Erica Murphy (603) 641-0057 or Erica@thecman.com
David Christensen (603) 536-2551 or davidfm@thecman.com

A Flickr album of Princess Diana's gowns can be found by clicking here.

PLYMOUTH, NH -  As the world wakes early to witness the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, more than 400 virtual guests will be watching a broadcast of the ceremony amidst 14 of Princess Diana’s royal gowns and items paying tribute to her memory.

The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth, N.H. will open its doors at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29 for a Royal Wedding Viewing Party surrounded by “Diana: The People’s Princess,” a special exhibit featuring the world’s largest private collection of dresses worn by the late mother of the groom. The New Hampshire exhibit is the last U.S. public viewing of the gowns, which will be sold at auction in Canada this summer.

“The Royal Wedding has captured the hearts of an international audience,” said Maureen Dunkel, owner of the collection of royal gowns. “To witness that special day for Princess Diana’s first-born son, among her beautiful gowns and stories paying tribute to her, is going to be a touching experience those in attendance won’t soon forget.”

Guests attending the international wedding event at The Flying Monkey will watch the ceremony on a large movie screen, and are invited to wear their best formal wedding attire, including the traditional large and stylish hats donned by women. Guests can vote on the best wedding hats and will enjoy teatime and finger pastries, among other breakfast items.

The gowns will be featured for a limited engagement at The Flying Monkey from Monday, April 25 – Sunday, May 8.  “Diana — The People’s Princess” is a fascinating exhibition that gives an intimate glimpse into the life of Princess Diana as told through her own personal gown collection, videos and story boards.  Dunkel selected New Hampshire as the place to bid a bittersweet goodbye to the collection she has owned since 1997 because she has vacationed there since childhood.

Diana – The People’s Princess” is an impressive collection of Diana’s most well-known dresses, which she auctioned for charity just weeks before her untimely death. The gowns include the ink blue silk velvet dress worn to a White House State Dinner in 1985 where the Princess took to the dance floor with actor John Travolta; the dramatic black silk velvet dress worn in her official royal portrait; and the exquisite pink “India” dress which Diana wore during her 1992 State Tour of India. The 11 other dresses range in time period from 1985 to 1997, and chronicle Princess Diana’s style evolution.

Influenced both by the outpouring of public grief following the Princess’ tragic death and Diana’s dedication to global humanitarian activities, Dunkel played a key role in the decision to share the dresses with the public for their sentimental enjoyment and appreciation of their historical importance.

In keeping with Princess Diana’s wish to “do beautiful things with beautiful things” when she originally auctioned these gowns for charity, Dunkel and The Flying Monkey are donating a portion of the exhibit’s ticket sales to The Cinderella Project of New Hampshire. The non-profit organization gives formal gowns and accessories, free of charge, to young women facing financial hardship. Since its inception in 2002, The Cinderella Project of New Hampshire has assisted more than 6,000 young women.

Tickets for the Royal Wedding Viewing Party are free of charge but limited. Those interested in attending the Royal fete must reserve a seat by calling The Flying Monkey box office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday – Friday at (603) 536-2551. The breakfast is an additional fee.

Tickets to the full exhibit of “Diana – The People’s Princess” from April 25 – May 8 are $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors or groups of 10 or more, and $14.95 for children age 13 and under. Programs run every hour. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com or call The Flying Monkey box office at (603) 536-2551. Group tickets must be purchased by phone.

The Flying Monkey is located at 39 South Main Street in Plymouth, NH and is part of The Common Man family. Founded in 1971 by owner Alex Ray, the Common Man family is made up of 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, a Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center. Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack, Windham and Portsmouth; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; Common Man Express and the Common Man Company Store, both in Ashland. For more information, visit thecman.com or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thecommonmannh.

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