This elaborate “lilac wild” gown and its accompanying bolero were worn by Diana on the State Tour of India in 1992. Another piece designed by Catherine Walker, it was described by its maker as “in perfect keeping with India’s cultural standards”.
At a 2011 auction dedicated to the world’s most fashionable princess, it sold for an impressive $350,000, making it the second most expensive Diana dress ever sold at auction.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton—who wrote a much-publicized biography of Princess Diana, revealing details of her private life, as well as biographies of Monica Lewinsky and Tom Cruise—told The Sun on Sunday that he believes Kate and William will name their child, if it’s a girl, Elizabeth Diana Windsor, honoring William’s late mother, of course, with that middle name.
“Close friends to William and Kate have told me that if it is a girl they want to name the baby after Diana,” he said. “They discussed girls’ names before George was born and now they’re hoping the next one is a girl so they can carry out their wish to honour William’s mother. They’re not too thrilled at the thought it will be shortened to Princess Di. But it won’t change their minds.” Morton noted that, if “Diana” was given to the child as a name, William and Kate would no doubt have to deal with agitated family members, considering the “hostility” between Diana and the royals (don’t fret, Will and Kate: we recommend responding to any passive-aggressive texts from family members with a solitary “k”—after a while, they’ll get fatigued and stop).
Now, who exactly are these “close friends”? Would any close friends be privy to such coveted information?! Unclear on both fronts! But it certainly doesn’t seem a completely illogical possibility. Since Morton’s interview, Coral, the “MailOnline’s betting partner,” has seen Elizabeth become the front-runner for the name of the child (at 10:1 odds), with James second (11:1), and Victoria third (12:1).
Nov. 20, 1995: Princess Diana admits, during a TV interview, that she had an affair with her riding instructor.
The infidelity itself was hardly news, but when Princess Diana admitted on British TV that she had been unfaithful to Prince Charles, it “plunged the monarchy into the greatest crisis since the Abdication,” the Daily Mail said, referencing King Edward VIII’s 1936 abandonment of his throne to marry a divorced American socialite.
On this day, Nov. 20, in 1995, the BBC aired Diana’s first solo press interview — a stroke of independence made possible by keeping her meeting with BBC’s Martin Bashir secret from Buckingham Palace. She took the opportunity to address the tensions within her marriage, her struggles with postpartum depression and bulimia, and the fact that she had been intimately involved with a man other than the Prince.
Charles had admitted to his own infidelity on a TV documentary the previous year. His longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles was no secret when Diana told Bashir, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Rumors of her five-year affair with cavalry officer James Hewitt, whom she’d hired as a riding instructor, had already made news as well, partly because he’d profited from the story by collaborating on a tell-all book, Princess in Love. In the interview, Diana said, “Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down.”
Very rare Princess Diana Stick and Lift Doll and Coloring booklet
THESE ARE VERY HARD TO FIND AND THIS ONE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION TOO.
Cottage where Diana and James Hewitt ‘met for trysts’ up for sale
THE COTTAGE where Princess Diana is said to have carried out her affair with James Hewitt is up for sale.
Ebford Cottage is a Grade II listed building
The Grade II listed cottage, which has changed hands since then, is now on the market again for £700,000.
Current owner Emma Nicholls said: “We did not know about the history of the house when we looked at it.
“We had already fallen in love with it when we back for another viewing and the owner dropped the Diana link into conversation.
Princess Diana had a five-year affair with James Hewitt
“There are photos around of Hewitt in the old bathroom but nobody really knows which room Diana stayed in.”
Mum of two Emma, 38, said the history of Diana, Hewitt and the cottage have been well documented in books and the media.
She said: “No-one says much about Hewitt, no-one likes the guy around here but people in Ebford know that Diana definitely came here.”
James Hewitt pictured in his home
People in Ebford know that Diana definitely came here
“Some people say they carried on in the barn but all that has been developed now with houses.”
Author Anna Pasternak in her book Princess in Love said Diana called the cottage her “haven in Devon”.
And Royal commentator Ingrid Seward said: “One of her favourite things was to do the washing up in her marigolds, jeans and jumper – a boring thing for us but she was very meticulous and loved to play house.
“His mother was often at home so I’m not sure how romantic it was with her there.”
Royal fashion enthusiasts will have the chance to bid on several of the late Princess Diana‘s gowns when they go to auction this December at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. And if that slice isn’t enough for you, then maybe a piece of Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s wedding cake—also for sale—will satisfy your appetite. But first, the regal designs (and 3-year-old cake) hit the Today show to offer viewers a quick preview of the drool-worthy duds.
Diana’s beaded, off-the-shoulder Catherine Walker design is expected to fetch a healthy $60,000 to $80,000 during auction. Worn by the princess on two occasions, the delicate blush gown embodies all the elegance that defined Diana’s iconic style.
Also on the market is an ivory Zandra Rhodes dress with a delicate, lacy bodice and beaded embellishments that Di wore back in 1987. A chic color-blocked, black-and-white number will also be up for grabs, along with a merlot Caroline Charles coat-dress with classic ’80s puffed sleeves.
Rounding out the enviable dresses, Diana’s emerald, silk georgette Catherine Walker gown from a 1993 state dinner is expected to bring in a pretty penny for the auctioneers.
And that’s not all, folks—a slice from Will and Kate’s exquisite wedding cake will go to the highest bidder for an estimated $1,000 to $2,000. Crafted for the royal couple’s nuptials back in 2011, the slice may actually be more delectable than ever according to Martin Nolan, executive director for Julien’s Auctions, who weighed in that fruit cakes taste best at around 30-months-old (we’ll just have to take his word for it). Nolan also explained that Kate kept the top three tiers of the cake for herself, serving the top layer during Prince George‘s christening. And now, it seems the second tier will soon be served after royal baby number two arrives!
Last up, bidders will have the chance to take home a blank invitation to Will and Kate’s wedding, printed on Queen Elizabeth II‘s personal stationary.
If you’ve got a spare $1,000 (or $80,000), head down to Julien’s Auctions on Dec. 5 and 6 to get in on the royal goods! EONLINE
Princess Diana’s dresses to be auctioned for up to $100,000 a piece.
A collection of dresses once worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, will go up for auction this December in Beverly Hills, California. The gowns, most of which were designed by Diana’s favorite designer (and personal couturier for years) Catherine Walker, were previously auctioned in 1997 by the Princess herself.
They’ll now return to be bid upon once again, with one particular dress expected to sell for up to $100,000. The dresses will be sold by Julien’s Auctions and while some dresses are valued between $60,000-$80,000, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them fetch much more.
When auctioned in June 1997, the dresses were sold by Christie’s in London just a month before Diana’s tragic passing. Also included in December’s sale are cufflinks from Diana’s wedding to the Prince of Wales, as well as some items from William and Kate’s wedding in 2011. A piece of the Cambridges’ wedding cake (probably NOT one you’ll want to eat) in a commemorative tin, as well as a blank invitation to their wedding is expected to sell for up to $4,000.
Click through the gallery above to see everything that will be auctioned this winter, and how Diana wore the looks herself.
Birthday cards on display at Princess Diana exhibit for public to sign
As the widely celebrated, once-in-a-lifetime exhibit “Diana, A Celebration” comes to a close at the Museum Center next month, it won’t do so without some very special messages from the Tri-State.
“July 1 would have been Princess Diana’s 53rd birthday and so, we are the only stop on this tour that has had the exhibit during her birthday,” Jenna Kehrt, with the Museum Center, said.
And not only Princess Diana’s birthday, but also her wedding anniversary, which would have been July 29. Cincinnati will be home to the exhibit for both dates, which is something the Museum Center staff does not take for granted.
They will celebrate the princess’ birthday with two very large birthday cards on display for the public to sign, as well as some other interactive festivities throughout the day.
“We’re also having a Google hangout to really celebrate her birthday and we’re kind of making this all about Diana for the month of July,” Kehrt said.
And there’s still time to view these rare items, but you’ll need to hurry. If you miss it this time, you won’t have another chance.
“If you don’t see it here, you’ll never see these artifacts together, ever again, so we’re really encouraging people to come in now and get in early, try and beat the rush,” Kehrt said.
The birthday cards will be sent to Princess Diana’s family at the end of the exhibit in mid-August.
Close to 50 000 “indienne” printing blocks, this is the real treasure that propelled SOULEIADO among the monuments of the French textile industry heritage. Its story is a magnificent one: that of the “indiennes”, vividly colored cotton fabrics imported from the Great Indies to the coastal port of Marseille at the end of the 16th century.
Soon, these bright, color-fast fabrics, then unknown, seduce the greater Provence, from Languedoc to the Riviera. The region starts distributing them throughout the country and they become the favorite fabrics for the next centuries, holding strong through several crisis.
As we finish the fashion series on What Diana Wore in AUSTRALIA on the Royal Tour in 1983 we have come across this rare collectible photo booklet on the tour and are pleased to offer it for sale to collectors.
May 18, 1992 marks 25 years since Truro welcomed a very special visitor to the city.
In 1989 Princess Diana was in Cornwall to visit Freshfield drug counselling centre where she was a patron.
Crowds gathered along the streets outside the office, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cornwall.
Dozens of children had a holiday from school to welcome the royal guest and handover handmade posies.
More than 50 Cornish cadets were also in Truro to mark the occasion, as the Princess was also patron of the British Red Cross Youth.
During her visit to Freshfield, the Princess met the Bishop of Truro, Reverend Peter Mumford and other civic dignitaries.
At the end of the hour long visit, Princess Diana signed the visitor’s book and a photograph of herself.
Afterwards staff at Freshfield called the visit a “prestigious event”.
Freshfield administrator, Stephen Large, said at the time: “Having the Princess here has given Freshfields respectability and credibility.”
As well as visiting the capital, Princess Diana opened a disabled centre at Saltash and inspected a housing association development at Torpoint during her five hour trip to the Duchy.
Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring, which originally belonged to Princess Diana, is now valued at 300,000 pounds – a tenfold increase to the valuation of the jewellery.
Vashi Dominguez, jewellery expert said on ITV’s This Morning that it was Duchess’ quiet confidence to lead as a style icon that made the ring featuring 14 diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire so special, Daily Express reported.
The blue sapphire was worth 28,000 pounds when bought in 1981. The ring has topped the world’s top 20 most famous engagement rings followed by Duchess of Cornwall’s an Art Deco design worth 100,000 pounds, and Michelle Obama’s ring given by Barack Obama in 1991.
SYLVIA St Clair has read for royalty, politicians, criminals and judges and now the “psychic to the stars” has moved back to the inner west where her career began many years ago.
The psychic medium and spiritual healer claims to have discovered her gift as a child and has held many psychic fairs, seminars and workshops in positive thinking and healing therapies over the years.
St Clair was dubbed the “psychic to the stars” after reading for countless celebrities including Princess Diana, Count Anton von Faber Castell and many famous actors and film stars from Australia and overseas.
She has also read for criminals, high court judges, politicians and members of the Roman Catholic seminary.
“I have been doing readings for 46 years and I’m still going strong,” she said.
“I am thrilled to be back in Sydney and I love helping people with my abilities. I look forward to hearing from my old clients too.”
St Clair read for Princess Diana when her marriage to Prince Charles was in trouble. Picture: Ted Holliday Source: News Corp Australia
St Clair is perhaps best known for reading for Princess Diana in London, who she described as a “gorgeous, gorgeous creature”.
“It was just after she had found out about Camilla Parker-Bowles,” she said.
“I said to her at the time there would be a conspiracy to get rid of her. On the day of her funeral she visited me, put her hand on my shoulder and said ‘you were right’.”
St Clair predicted that Prince William and wife Kate would “do a lot of good”, as would Prince Harry, who was “bright, cheerful and naughty”.
Rhys’ date with royal couple down under
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Ammanford’s Rhys Morris and colleague Mele Laku with the photograph of Princess Diana they present to Prince William and Princess Kate on their recent trip to Australia.
A former Ammanford youth worker who has made a new life in down under enjoyed a brush with royalty when he met Prince William and Princess Kate on their recent trip to Australia.
Rhys Morris was chosen by Barnardo’s Australia to present the royal couple with a photograph of Princess Diana opening the Barnardos centre in Sydney in 1988.
Rhys – and colleague Mele Laku – met the Royals at an afternoon reception at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Rhys, aged 30, said: “It was a fantastic experience and Kate was really nice.
“She spent time speaking to a few people around our table and she seemed really interested which was nice.”
A Barnardo’s spokesman said: “Rhys was nominated because he has done more work in a year than some people have done in a lifetime.”
Rhys previously worked for the Carmarthenshire Youth Service.
ALICE SPRINGS put its best foot forward that historic day in 1983, when Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Prince William began their six-week Australian tour.
After shaking clammy hands and swatting flies on the tarmac, they were driven to the comfortable, if velure-heavy Gap Hotel, which had been nicknamed the Alice Palace for the occasion.
They checked into rooms 303 and 305, and presumably left William with his two nannies before creeping through a gap in the wire fence to spend the afternoon sunbaking beside a local car dealer’s pool.
Charles and Diana meet Paul Hogan at the Melbourne Concert Hall during the 1983 tour. Source: News Limited
Diana was lobster red for the first day of their official engagements, but she put on a brave face. It was not until the next day, in the stifling heat of Tennant Creek, that she paused to whip off her stockings.
William and Catherine’s 10-day trip might sound luxurious in comparison, but they have their own challenges to deal with, the most difficult being a global audience, celebrity culture and a 24-hour news cycle.
While Diana faced intense media scrutiny in her final years, she never had to contend with the voracious appetite of the internet.
The media hounded Diana but the internet was just developing.
If Catherine had slipped off her stockings or had too much sun, like Diana did, it would have been a global scandal; despite much anticipation at Manly Beach, she didn’t even take off her shoes.
News sites shared around the published pictures of Kate, William and George minutes after they were taken, particularly in America, where the couple is adored without any of the cynicism they face in Britain.
“There was less obsession with celebrity in (1983),” says Rayner. “Now (William and Kate) are celebrities as well as members of the royal family.
This is one of the original T Shirts made for Princess Diana’s trip to New York City in 1989. This is not a reproduction but the original shirt from the tour. These shirts were produced in limited quantities and are today very scarce. The shirt is listed in Charles Noble’s book, Collecting on A Princess, as a rare collectible!