‘THE ENGAGEMENT THAT REASSURES ENGLAND!’
Nearly two decades after Princess Diana’s tragic passing, fans continue to look to the sophisticated royal for style inspiration– even during the dreaded winter months. The “People’s Princess,” who was considered a great fashion icon of her time, drew admiration from around the world for her elegant ensembles, and was particularly adept at looking chic and polished in cold weather.
Whether she was skiing the Swiss alps with her boys, Princes William and Harry, or attending official engagements outdoors, the princess was always camera-ready and often brightened a dreary day with a jolly pop of colour. Some of her best winter outfits – like a below-the-knee red coat paired with a jaunty red hat or a purple wool suit paired with chic gloves – have even inspired the Duchess of Cambridge née Kate Middleton, who is also famously fond of bold, bright outerwear and seems to embrace Diana’s winter colour palette.
Other times, the Princess of Wales added intrigue to an oversized ensemble with a well-chosen accessory, like statement earrings, or with a timeless print, like red tartan. She was especially fond of trendy tailoring (she could work a shoulder pad like no other).
And despite her fashion-icon status, the mother of two nonetheless valued practicality, leaving her dainty fascinators at home and donning warm wool toques when the weather deemed it necessary.
As Canadians brace themselves for cold temperatures ahead, we look to Princess Diana for some winter wardrobe inspiration. JANUARY 2015. Hello! Canada!
Robert Spencer on the left
Col. Robert “Bobby” Spencer was the featured speaker at a luncheon and lecture hosted by the English-Speaking Union.
The event took place Jan. 8 at The Beach Club.
Spencer’s topic was his famous cousin. In “Diana, Princess of Wales,” Spencer spoke of her early years at Park House at Sandringham, where she was a playmate of Prince Andrew, and of her teenage years at Althorp, the 19,000-acre Spencer family seat.
He also offered some bits of family history, noting that Diana was the first English woman in 300 years to marry an heir to the British throne, that she was an accomplished pianist and dancer, and that she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously for her efforts to ban land mines.
More than 125 people attended.