Diana wore the German designed Escada tie with matching blazer and belt when she visited St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington to see her new-born baby nephew Louis Frederick, Viscount Althorp, son of her brother, Charles Spencer and his first wife, Victoria Lockwood. The tie went up for auction in June 2013.
‘After she visited Earl Spencer’s new-born son at St Mary’s, she sent the elephant tie to a friend’s daughter so their father could wear it at a job interview.’
The tie, which had an estimate of between £2,000 and £3,000, was being sold with an original photograph showing the Princess wearing it on her hospital visit.
She also wore a matching black jacket and belt by the same German designer Escada with gold elephants around each cuff.