After years of legal tug-of-war, a lavish gown worn by DIANA, Princess Of Wales has gone on display at London's Victoria And Albert Museum.

The high collar, pearl-encrusted gown known as the ''Elvis dress' was donated to the museum by a US memorabilia firm in 2005 and was put on show on Friday (13JAN06).

Franklin Mint purchased the floor-length white gown - worn by the late princess during an unofficial visit to Hong Kong in November 1989 - at a fundraising auction in 1997.

The firm later fought an ongoing legal battle against the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, who tried to prevent the firm from selling Diana dolls wearing the dress by British designer CATHERINE WALKER. Mint filed suit against the charity in 2002, claiming $25 million (GBP14 million) in damages.

Critics argued that millions of pounds of the fund's money had been wasted after a $7 million (GBP4 million) legal bill led the organisation to freeze its donations in 2003.

Following an out of court settlement between the respective parties, the fund resumed awarding grants to causes supported by Diana in November 2004.