Princess Diana Outfits Up for Auction in June 2019 at Kerry Taylor Auctions, London

Princess Diana’s Jasper Conran brushed red wool suit, 1984. labelled, the loose single breasted jacket with gilt buttons cast with anchors, round neck, gathers to shoulders, the matching skirt with four kick-pleats to the front, chest 97cm, 38in, skirt waist 71cm, 28in (2) Provenance: From the same vendor as lots 21 and 22. The Princess wore this striking scarlet ensemble for the official naming/launch ceremony of the P&O cruise liner ‘Royal Princess’, christened in her honour, on 5th November 1984. She accessorised it with a jaunty red felt beret with black headband, black blouse with bow ties, black tights, leather clutch and shoes. The Princess chose to wear it again 22nd February 1985, on a visit to Cirencester Police Station, Gloucestershire. This time she accessorised with a red felt boater, white blouse with wing collar and black bow-tie, red tights, black leather clutch and shoes. By changing the hat and blouse she managed to achieve a totally new look on each occasion. Mr Jasper Conran has confirmed that this ensemble was a one-off design, made exclusively for the Princess.

The Princess of Wales visiting the police station in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Princess Diana on a royal tour of the Gulf States – Nov 1986

Princess Diana’s Elizabeth Emanuel navy and white damask silk ensemble, 1986. labelled ‘Emanuel Special’, the striped silk over-coat with padded shoulders, the bodice, full sleeves and skirt with box pleats, matching white Bianchini silk under-dress with camisole-like bodice, bust 86cm, 34in (2) Provenance: From the same vendor as lots 20 and 22. Worn in Bahrain on the Royal tour of the Gulf States, November 1986. Elizabeth Emanuel confirms that this was a unique design made only for the Princess. The original Emanuel fashion sketch shows this ensemble with a simple ribbon bow belt.

Princess Diana with Prince Charles flankled either side by soldiers in ceremonial uniform
PRESIDENT OF TURKEY’S STATE VISIT TO BRITAIN – 1988

Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker printed peach silk polka dot coat-dress, 1988. bearing ‘Catherine Walker for Chelsea Design Co.’ label, double-breasted, of loose cut but with slimmer fitting skirt, padded shoulders, lined in white silk, bust 97cm, 38in, waist 76cm, 30in Provenance: From the same vendor as lots 20 and 21. Mr Said Ismail of Catherine Walker recalls making a special order of this dress for Princess Diana. By removing or changing jewellery or adding a hat, this versatile dress could be worn for both formal or semi-formal occasions. Princess Diana wore this dress on four public occasions: 13th June 1988, to attend the Order of the Garter ceremony with Prince Charles, accessorised with a peach sailor bonnet with rear bow and upturned brim and single strand pearl choker. 12th July 1988, to welcome President Evren of Turkey on a State Visit, with Prince Charles, accessorised with a peach sailor bonnet and double strand pearl choker. 12th July 1989, on a visit to The Freeman Hospital, and Percy Hedley School in Newcastle Upon Tyne, accessorised with a simple white clutch bag and court shoes. 15th May 1991, for an International Spinal Research Charity event at the Langham Hilton Hotel, London, with peach leather shoes..

Princess Diana’s Taroni Silk Catherine Walker Cocktail Dress up for auction on June 18, 2018 in London

A Catherine Walker couture beaded blue-grey Taroni silk cocktail dress, similar to the one worn by Princess Diana in 1997, labelled, beaded and embroidered in high relief with roses and scattered petals in silver threads, the motifs at the bodice edge further encrusted with diamanté, bust 86cm, 34in Princess Diana wore a similar cocktail dress to a London gala preview for the auction of her dresses, 2nd June, 1997.

The designer – the late Catherine Walker – described her approach ‘I always try to give my embroidery a three-dimensional quality not only by tilting the image in perspective, but also with the texture itself. Here the bugle beads and diamanté are so dense that they rise from the surface of the fabric like floret’s made of sugar’. Very few of these dresses were produced. Although part of the main collection, Mr Said Cyrus Ismail of Catherine Walker recalls that there may have been just two. The dress goes to auction on 18 June 2018 at Kerry Taylor Auction House in London.


19 JULY 1993: GLITTERING PRINCESS DIANA ATTENDS THE RE-OPENING OF THE SAVOY THEATRE IN LONDON

imagePrincess Diana glitters in a pearl and diamante encrusted petal pink gown with full pleated skirt by Catherine Walker as she unveils the plaque at the re-opening of the Savoy Theatre on Monday, 19 July 1993.
image imageHenry III gave this site to Peter of Savoy who, in 1346, built the Savoy Palace. In 1903-10 the Savoy Hotel was built by Colcutt and Macmurdo. The magnificent Art Deco Savoy Theatre is in the western section. The short road leading to the entrance to the Savoy Hotel is unusual in London in that the traffic drives on the right.  It was the first building in the world to be lit entirely throughout with electric lighting.

This plaque was unveiled by Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales to celebrate the re-opening of the newly restored Savoy Theatre.

This plaque was unveiled by Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales to celebrate the re-opening of the newly restored Savoy Theatre.

imageThe theatre reopened on Monday, 19 July 1993 with a week long production from The English National Ballet. The opening programme, which Diana attended ncluded an especially choreographed piece by her good friend, Wayne Sleep, entitled ‘Savoy Suite’.

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17 MAY 1990 PRINCESS DIANA MAKES A DREAM COME TRUE! EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF HER VISIT TO NOTTINGHAM!

imageNottingham: May 17, 1990, Princess Diana demonstrates her sign language skills, above, at the Nottingham and Notts Society for the Deaf in Forest Road, during their Centenary Celebrations.
imageThey all wanted to say it with flowers when Princess Diana went on a walkabout in Nottingham. The Princess, looking stunning in a primrose yellow and pink two-piece summer suit by Catherine Walker, was showered with them.
imageHundreds had waited hours just to catch a glimpse of Princess Diana on her whistle-stop tour of the city. They were not disappointed. Royal fever spread through crowds from Forest Road to Bulwell.
imageThe busy Princess visited the Raleigh factory, toured a social, residential centre for multi-handicapped adults on Bestwood Road in Bulwell, and officially opened the new indoor tennis complex at Highfields, University Boulevard.
imageimage Diana speaks, above, with Sarah Loosemore, Britain’s number one tennis lady in 1990.
Below, Princess Diana in deep conversation with John Logan, Tennis Development Officer for Children Leisure Services, who was at the moment, in charge of a children’s short tennis game.
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Receiving a Raleigh bicycle as a gift for Prince Harry

Receiving a Raleigh bicycle as a gift for Prince Harry

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Social Residential Centre, Bestwood Road, Bulwell

The Social Residential Centre, Bestwood Road, Bulwell

imageAnd, she even had time to drop in on toddler Rebecca White’s birthday party at the Nottingham and Notts Society for the Deaf Centre, seen above, in the news article.
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The Princess listening to the deaf choir at the Nottinghamshire and Notts Society for the Deaf

The Princess listening to the deaf choir at the Nottinghamshire and Notts Society for the Deaf, during her 17 May 1990 visit for their Centenary Celebrations