UK palaces charity buys back Diana's dresses

A Catherine Walker Mughal inspired embroidered pink silk evening gown made for Princess Diana's State visit to India in 1992, is seen displayed with other dresses worn by the princess, at Kerry Taylor auction rooms in London, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The dress estimated to realise between 80,000-120,000 pounds (124,000- 186,000 US Dollars) will be sold in the Fit For a Princess auction in London on March 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

March 20, 2013 1:01:59 PM PDT
Two dresses worn by Princess Diana will finally return to Britain's palaces after years of being in private ownership abroad.

Historic Royal Palaces, a charity that runs Diana's former residence, Kensington Palace, bought the two gowns on Tuesday at a London auction of the princess's dresses.

The charity said Wednesday the dresses will remain in Britain and will be shown to the public in exhibitions. It hopes to show at least one of the gowns at a display of royal dresses this summer.

The gowns are a Bruce Oldfield black velvet evening gown Diana wore in 1985 and an ivory and pink sequined crepe dress by Catherine Walker worn on a state visit to Brazil in 1991.

The two combined were sold for more than 107,000 pounds ($162,266.)