18 JULY 1988 PRINCESS DIANA IS A CLASSIC BEAUTY AT THE PERFORMANCE OF “LA BAYADERE” AT THE LONDON COLISEUM

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imageOn 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.
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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.
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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.

The Princess chatting with Wayne Sleep

The Princess chatting with Wayne Sleep

Natalia Makarova in 2013

Natalia Makarova in 2013

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.
imageAlthough 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.

The Kingdom of the Shades Sequence

The Kingdom of the Shades Sequence

Mail On Sunday Editor Stewart Stevens And His Wife With Princess Diana.

Mail On Sunday Editor Stewart Stevens and his wife with Princess Diana.

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