PRINCESS DIANA’S BACKUP WEDDING DRESS SHOES SELL AT AUCTION

An exact replica wedding dress and

slippers made for Princess Diana in case

anything went wrong with the original

items have sold for £84,000.

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The gown was specially commissioned by Diana as an identical match for her lavish bridal gown and was made by the same designer, David Emanuel.

The shoes – that were never paid for by Diana’s mother Frances Shand-Kidd after she had a row with the royal cobbler – were an identical match to the ones she wore down the aisle.

An exact replica wedding dress and slippers made for Princess Diana in case anything went wrong with the original items have sold for 84,000 pounds
Diana dress

The gown was specially commissioned by Diana as an identical match for her lavish bridal gown and was made by the same designer, David Emanuel

Made by Clive Shilton, the 6.5 size shoes were intended to be worn at the 1981 Royal wedding in the event of her original pair breaking or being stained.

They were so exact either the left or right could have been swapped at any time, leaving viewers and well-wishers none the wiser.

They even have the initials C and D joined together with a delicate heart on the soles.

Her late mother never paid for the spare pair because she was unhappy with the final bill.

The shoes were retained by designer Mr Shilton until he sold them at auction yesterday for £36,000 pounds to a private buyer.

The replica shoes were so exact either the left or right could have been swapped at any time, leaving viewers and well-wishers none the wiserThe replica shoes were so exact either the left or right could have been swapped at any time, leaving viewers and well-wishers none the wiser

 

Shoes
Charles and Diana's initials were etched on the sole

The slippers had Charles and Diana’s initials joined together with a delicate heart on the soles

Charles and DianaDiana and Prince Charles in the original dress at their wedding in 1981

The dress went on show on Diana’s glamorous waxwork at Madame Tussauds at the time of the Royal wedding.

The ivory taffeta dress was bought from Madam Tussauds several years ago by a private American collector, who also sold it yesterday for £48,000 pounds.

It was bought by a fashion museum in Chile.

Auctioneer Kerry Taylor said: ‘Historically these items are very important and they have been hidden away in private collections for years.

‘The dress and the shoes are beautiful, really exquisite.

‘The dress was made for Madame Tussauds as a replica of Princess Diana’s gown, and was on show there for tourists to see.

‘It was sold to a private collector some years ago, who has now decided to sell it.

‘The shoes are being sold by Clive Shilton, who made them.

‘They are identical to the ones Diana wore for her wedding – absolutely the same.

‘She could have changed the left or the right and you wouldn’t notice the difference.

‘They were made in case her first pair got stained or damaged, or something happened to them on the day – these were kept just in case.

‘This sale demonstrates that even in these difficult economic times that the appetite for fine haute couture is undiminished and we are already looking forward to our next auction in February.’

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New Diana Movie to to highlight Hasnat Khan affair

Jessica Chastain to play Diana in emotional drama

painting princess as lovestruck stalker

By DEBORAH ARTHURS

To those who loved her, she could do no wrong. But to her detractors, Princess Diana was an adultress who tore apart a family.

There’s no doubt that 14 years since the tragic accident that took her life, Diana’s legacy continues to fascinate, enthrall, and offend in equal measures.

Now, a controversial new film that paints Diana in an unflattering light is set to get tongues wagging once again.

American actress Jessica Chastain is said to be in line for the role of Diana in the new movie
Reports suggested that Diana visited Pakistan with Dr Hasnat Khan in order to meet his family ahead of a possible wedding

American actress Jessica Chastain is said to be in line for the role of Diana in the new film, which charts Diana’s obsession with lover Dr Hasnat Khan. The film will suggest Diana, pictured right on a trip to Pakistan, planned to marry Dr Khan.

In an emotional drama to be released next year, the erstwhile People’s Princess will be seen following her alleged one-time lover after their relationship breaks down.

Caught in Flight tells the story of Diana’s secret affair with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, telling the story of their love – and painting a vivid picture of Diana’s psychological demise after Khan calls time on their relationship.

With early descriptions of the film saying Diana is painted as ‘a lovestruck stalker,’ It is likely to be the most critical appraisal of Diana yet, and one that will be fiercely opposed by those in Diana’s inner circle.

Dr Khan had a two year relationship with Diana until a few months before her death. She thought the two would marry, according to Paul BurrellDr Khan had a two year relationship with Diana until a few months before her death. She thought the two would marry, according to Paul Burrell

Last night, Hollywood insider Anne Thompson said of the film: ‘The late Princess is not cast in a particularly favourable light.

‘She is shown as a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair.

American actress Jessica Chastain – who recently starred in Oscar-tipped drama The Help and alongside Brad Pitt in The Tree Of Life has already agreed to play the Princess in the movie.

The 30-year-old redhead will have to work on her English accent, something that American actors find notoriously difficult – just ask Anne Hathaway, who was lambasted for her roaming accent in One Day that veered wildly around the globe.

Executives are describing the film as a ‘love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.’

Last night, an insider revealed: ‘We’re expecting a lot of people will not be happy with this movie.

Back in 2002, the Daily Mail reported that Paul Burrell suggested Diana had wanted to marry her lover, Dr Hasnat KhanHow the Daily Mail reported that Paul Burrell suggested Diana had wanted to marry her lover

‘But it is a fabulous story and one which needs to be told.’

The film will go into pre-production in March 2012 by UK-based company ‘Ecosse Films’ – whose credits include ‘Nowhere Boy’ and ‘Mrs. Brown.’

German film-maker Oliver Hirshbiegel will take charge of the £9m movie – which will be shot in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris.

Hirshbiegel previously made ‘Downfall’ – the critically acclaimed movie which chronicled Hitler’s last days.

The princess met Dr. Hasnat Khan at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend who was recovering from heart surgery.

The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair. Dr. Khan – whom she named ‘Mr. Wonderful’ – maintained an eleven-year silence over the relationship, until he spoke about the affair in 2008.

The relationship was described as being so serious that Diana was thinking of converting to Islam.

She wore traditional dress to meet his family on a visit to Pakistan and was reportedly ‘heartbroken’ when the doctor decided to end the relationship.

The production of the film follows on from an earlier production of another Royal drama, William & Kate: The movie, the widely panned film that emerged from an American production company ahead of the Royal Wedding.