On Monday July 18, 1988 Princess Diana brought her own brand of classical beauty to the aid of the London Festival Ballet School’s season at the London Coliseum, sponsored by The Mail on Sunday.
She was guest of honour when the second week opened that Monday with Natalia Makarova’s staging of the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere. Princess Diana is pictured in the second photo from the top with the Lord Mayor of Westminster.
The Princess is wearing a 1950’s inspired white silk chiffon ballet length gown by the Emanuels with a deep shawl collar and fitted bodice. The iconic sapphire and diamond collar sparkles at her neck.
La Bayadère is an exotic and mesmerising tale of love, murder and vengeful judgment by the Gods of an Indian Prince, set in the perfumed gardens and lavish palaces of India.
Although the complete ballet is seldom seen in the west, there is hardly a company around that can perform the exacting detail of the revered Kingdom of the Shades sequence.