Kensington Palace will be showcasing some of the most famous fashion pieces of the late Princess Diana. The exhibition started on the 24 of February and will last throughout all of 2017.
Princess Diana was a fashion icon in her own right, twisting the Royal dress code just enough so that she can leave her own stamp on it and be remembered as one of the best-dressed to ever come from the Royal Family.
The official announcement of the Royal Kensington Palace is as follows:
“Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life.”
In light of the exhibition, I wanted to visually exemplify the many times in which her son, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, the Duchess made an homage to the fashion choices of Princess Diana.
Prince William and Kate Middleton looked exactly the same on their engagement day as The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer did when they announced their engagement on 24 February 1981. Prince William gave Kate Middleton his late mother’s oval blue engagement ring.
Princess Diana wore an ivory taffeta and antique lace gown with puffed sleeves, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel on her wedding day. The Dutchess of Cambridge wore an ivory and white satin gazar with French Chantilly lace by Sarah Burton, chief designer for Alexander McQueen. The father and the son also looked scarily alike.
Princess Diana wore a Spencer Tiara, given to her by her grandmother in 1919. Kate Middleton wore a Cartier “halo” tiara that belongs to Queen Elizabeth.
The upper photo pictures Prince Charles and Princess Diana posing with their newborn son Prince William on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital in London on June 22, 1982. In the lower photo we find The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, showing off her newborn Prince wearing a custom-made, light blue polka-dot dress by British designer Jenny Packham.
Here we have little Prince George pictured attending the christening of his younger sister Princess Charlotte. This outfit echoes the outfit his father wore visiting his newborn brother Prince Harry on September 16, 1984 over at St. Mary’s Hospital.
The same blue romper that Prince George wears in the upper right picture was worn by his father at Trooping of the Colours in 1984, observing the ceremony over from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Images of Diana’s solo venture of the 1992 Taj Mahal trip splashed across the front pages of newspapers globally. It was later seen as an indicator that the marriage was in trouble.
However, the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge decided to forego their tribute to history this one more time. They sent a strong message of harmony and well-being taking a photo of the two sitting at the exact same bench in front of the Taj Mahal during their India-Bhutan royal tour in 2016.