Princess Diana at what would be her last attendance at the Order of the Garter Ceremony, 14 June 1993.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honour (after the Victoria Cross and George Cross) in England and of the United Kingdom, and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England’s patron saint.
It is awarded at the Sovereign’s pleasure as a personal gift on recipients from the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 members, or Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g. members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs). New appointments to the Order of the Garter are always announced on St George’s Day, 23 April, as Saint George is the patron saint of England.
The order’s emblem is a garter with the motto “Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense” (originating from Middle French: “Shame on him who thinks evil of it”) in gold lettering. Members of the order wear it on ceremonial occasions.
Diana is wearing a vivid pink wool suit from Catherine Walker. This was her first Garter ceremony since her separation from Prince Charles in 1992, but only weeks before she had not been asked to attend Royal Ascot. It had a short skirt which was a signal of her new independence and is in a bold pink that really stood out with dark gloves and hat by Philip Sommerville.
Diana, Princess of Wales followed in the footsteps of her former husband, Prince Charles and visited a Hindu temple, in Neasden, Northern London on Friday, June 6, 1997. The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple is the largest outside of India and is one of Europe’s biggest Hindu temples. It has become a place of pilgrimage for many followers. Diana, the Princess of Wales, drew crowds wherever she went and her visit to the Hindu temple in London was no exception. She arrived looking cool and relaxed in a classical, Catherine Walker beige double-breasted, pleated summer dress with gold buttons and a wide belt . Before entering the holy building the Princess slipped off her beige and black high-heel shoes, to go barefoot in the temple, and revealed painted toenails in “trendy” rouge-noir. In line with Hindu tradition, the Princess also received a sacred red vermilion mark – or Chandlo – on her forehead to signify respect bestowed on a visitor. After receiving a garland of flowers the Princess walked up the steps into the temple. Inside she was given a tour which included visiting nine shrines, and some time spent inside the inner sanctum where the Princess marvelled at the intricate marble carvings. But Diana did not get to meet any of the monks, because the holy men with shaven heads and saffron robes could not look at her. The eleven Sadhus at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir are dedicated to a “lust-free, life-time of celibacy”, which is all part of their religious observations. Diana also paid a visit to the main prayer hall and was greeted by children in spectacular peacock costumes – an important symbol in the Hindu religion. The Princess, always at ease with young people, found the time to stop and chat with a few of them. A group of young dancers below, performed a Peacock Dance for her. And the adults were also queuing up to meet one of the most popular women in Britain.
Diana chatted comfortably with the women and the men before going on to be presented with some gifts, both for herself and her children, Prince’s Harry and William.
One of India’s wealthiest families sponsored the visit which was arranged after a private charity dinner on May 1, 1997 to raise money for the Leprosy Mission of which the Princess is patron.
Diana accepted the invitation from Srichand Hinduja, 61, the London-based scion who is reputed to be the head of India’s richest family, along with his brother Gopichand, 56.
Princess Diana toured the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza, on May 12, 1992, near Cairo, pronouncing them “breathtaking.”
She asked questions – but no riddles – about the 4,600-year-old limestone statue, which experts are trying to keep from falling apart. Diana’s visit is part of an official five-day tour of Egypt at the invitation of First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.
Earlier, Diana met with President Hosni Mubarak.
She also visited a welfare society for mothers and children as well as the Institution of Polio and Rehabilitation.