If you think you're Princess Diana's biggest fan, think again, because we're pretty sure that title belongs to Jo Dobson. In fact, the 78-year-old from Gloucester, England amassed so much Diana memorabilia that her collection will be part of an upcoming exhibition to honor the 20th anniversary of her favorite royal's death.
"I loved Princess Diana from the first moment I saw her on the television," Jo told the Daily Mail. "You were just drawn to her. And my late husband, Ken, was a huge admirer of her."
Looking inside Jo's home, it's no surprise her collection is worthy of the world's adoration. Diana's face is plastered on nearly every surface you could imagine: on plates, in photographs that cover the walls, and on Jo's favorite T-shirt, which solidifies Jo as the founder of the "Diana Circle" fan group. She even has a doll of the late Princess, proudly displayed near a comedy sketch of the royal that Jo and her husband made for the television production Kinickerbockerglory.
Some ornaments were sent by fans and friends, while others—like the photographed flowers the couple left at Diana's grave every year—held deeply personal meaning.
"We followed her over the years, and when she died, it felt like a family member had died," Jo told the Daily Mail. "I remember being up early one morning, and when I heard what had happened, I ran into the bedroom to tell Ken. It broke his heart."
With their deep devotion to Diana, the Dobsons received letters from Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, and maintained a great relationship with her butler, Paul Burrell, over the years.
Sadly, Jo passed away shortly after her husband two years ago, but their memories live on in the collection they leave behind.
'It is not like a traditional exhibition, and that is what makes it so interesting," said Councillor Paul James, the leader of Gloucester City Council. "I would like to thank Mrs. Dobson for the opportunity to see it, and it is great that she is willing to share it with us."
The exhibition will be held at the Gloucester Folk Museum and will be open to the public from August 26.
h/t Daily Mail