An Evening With Richard Dalton, Princess Diana's Hair Stylist and Confidant
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The last date listed for A Decade with Diana: Up Close and Personal with Richard Dalton was Saturday January 26, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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One of the most beloved icons of this or any age, Princess Diana gets her due at a spectacular ne … More
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Wow! is all I can say. And now I'll go on to say a lot more. For any Anglophile, this was a rare and unique event, and everyone lucky enough to be in attendance will never forget it, I am certain. I'm shocked that I saw absolutely no advertising for this except in my regular Goldstar email. Had it not been for Goldstar I would have missed out on this, so I will forever be grateful. I'm actually glad about the lack of publicity since it allowed the event to be a small and intimate affair. It was held in the tea salon of the Queen Mary, a regal liner on par with the Titanic, which was the most perfect and appropriate setting. We were all served delicious pastries and tea while listening to a well-prepared young lady question Mr. Dalton about his extensive years with the magical Princess Diana. Everyone was rapt as he wove his yarns with his yummy soft Scots brogue, surrounded by a display of photos of him with the Princess, thoughtful birthday cards and telegrams she'd sent, Christmas cards from her and Charles and the boys, etc. He is a wonderfully classy man, as befits someone in her confidence since she was 17, and thus although I was hoping for some juicy disclosures, I was gratified that he respected her enough even after all these years to keep any gossip to himself. Poignantly, when a member of the audience asked if he missed her, he replied "every day" with a catch in his throat. She then said "you think of her every day?" And softly he said yes. She was obviously an extraordinary woman, and it was a privilege to share some time with someone close to her, who had known her well. I was told he will do some more appearances, and I will definitely be there for those as well. Because the salon was not all that big and the tables were rather small, the event had the feel of a cozy gathering in someone's charming home in Devonshire or the like. Mr. Dalton was generous with his time and spoke until all questions were exhausted, then was so charming and gentlemanly with everyone in line. I was surprised to discover he lives in Dana Point and has private clients, of whom I'd love to be one if Dana Point weren't two hours away from me. Once his part was done, we had the luxury of wandering through the wonderful exhibit at leisure. Once again, I felt like one of the privileged few because only the people from our event were there at the time so it wasn't crowded at all. Although it's billed as a Diana exhibit, there are so many artifacts from all of the royals from the 20th and 21st centuries. I was so pleasantly surprised at the size of the exhibit and its breadth. No one hurried us and we took our time checking out everything. I especially enjoyed Diana's and Kate's dresses (Diana's were her authentic dresses, Kate's were the ones she wore but purchased off the rack like she purchased hers). All in all, a very enchanted evening which I won't soon forget. I went with my mother who enjoyed it equally and even got a critique of her haircut ("very attractive." She was thrilled). She also bought me a tiara in the gift shop :-). As if all that wasn't enough, we all received a personally autographed photo of Mr. Dalton with the Princess, a copy of beautiful Ceremony magazine, and a gift bag of hair products when leaving. A truly memorable, classy affair. Thank you Mr. Dalton, the Queen Mary, and Goldstar. And please in the future don't advertise his appearances either so we can again have the charming, intimate gathering we had this time.