The 2016 Diplomatic Reception - *The Queen hosted the annual Diplomatic Reception for ambassadors at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall...
04 November 2015
Royal Flashback of the Day: November 4
A little more costume-y goodness before we finish off our Halloween candy, yes?
The Princess of Wales took things back a century or four when she attended a 1987 charity gala event for Birthright held at Garrard. Her rich purple Catherine Walker gown in satin and velvet had a striking low basque waistline with a full skirt and - to take give it that extra fancy dress touch - a tall Elizabethan collar and contrasting ruffles on the cuffs.
She went further into costume territory with her choice of accessories: on a long strand of pearls, she hung a large amethyst and diamond cross she borrowed from Garrard for the evening. Diana also wore the diamond and pearl earrings she received as a wedding gift from the Emir of Qatar.
This whole ensemble looks like it was fun to put together, which goes a long way to making it one of the Diana evening gowns I find memorable. Then again, it doesn't hurt to start that I love a royal in costume (and in purple) (and in special jewels) (and in special amethyst jewels).