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Stay With Princess Di on the Queen Mary (and Get Some Kate Middleton)

SAN DIEGO ( TheStreet) -- There are few people who symbolized all that is luxurious more than Princess Diana, with a seemingly endless stream of fabulous dresses worn amid palaces, glamorous parties and a jet-setting lifestyle.

But Diana was also a dedicated mother, humanitarian, lifelong devotee of psychics and prolific letter writer, and in one handwritten private letter after another, the words of this princess are both eloquent and touchingly revealing.

As part of the Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit, all these facets of her personality are on display on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif.

What more appropriate way to showcase the life of such a glamorous and fascinating icon than on a ship that was the most luxurious of its time when built in the 1930s?

The Queen Mary was given five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. Docked in Long Beach since 1967, the storied Queen Mary was converted into a hotel in 1972.

The ship is offering a special Princess Diana Package that includes a one-night stay in an authentic 1930s Art Deco stateroom, two tickets to the exhibit and a $20 credit at the exhibit gift shop.

The exhibit has many highlights, but clearly the biggest draw here is the display of dresses worn by Diana. From those she famously wore to public events, creating forever memorable fashion moments, to those from her private life, the dress display is one of many up-close looks this exhibit offers of the larger-than-life princess.

"I think the dresses are certainly the most attention grabbing and the biggest wow of the exhibit," says Steve Sheldon, the Queen Mary's director of entertainment events. "These dresses were sold by Princess Diana in June 1997, prior to her passing -- and she passed in August of 1997. So within two months these dresses became enormously more valuable. She sold these dresses to raise money for charity, and now these dresses are being used to raise money again for one of her causes."

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