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Originally posted 03/19/2013 03:00PM
When Princess Diana danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House dinner, the world was awestruck.
Now one very lucky Englishwoman gets to have all that glamor to herself. An anonymous bidder purchased the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein evening gown – the one that prompted Travolta to call Diana "the most beautiful woman in the room" – for more than $362,000 Tuesday at London's Kerry Taylor Auctions.
Part of the "Fit for a Princess" lot, "It sold to a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor in a statement. And while the late Princess would divorce Prince Charles 11 years after that magical moment, the dress's new owner just made a grand bid for romance.
– Suzanne Zuckerman
Originally posted 03/07/2013 08:30AM
On his recent mission to Africa, Prince Harry said he hoped his late mother Princess Diana would be proud of his charity work there.
He's now added another reason to live up to that wish – by assuming the leading role in a campaign to raise funds that will mark the 25th anniversary of the Halo Trust, the landmine clearance charity that Diana was linked with at her death.
In the January before her fatal August 1997 car accident, Diana highlighted Halo's work when she walked through the minefields of the African country of Angola, and was famously photographed with a group of landmine victims as they sat under a tree.
Originally posted 02/27/2013 04:15PM
Prince Harry spoke about his charity work Wednesday night in South Africa – and of hoping that his mother, Princess Diana, would be proud of his efforts.
Diana worked to help those with HIV/Aids and Harry, 28, is doing the same in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that he has been visiting this week.
The Prince spoke after a whirlwind visit to the kingdom. There, he checked up on the work of the charity Sentebale that he set up with friend Prince Seeiso in memory of their late mothers.
Addressing a gala dinner in Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa, Harry said he hoped both mothers would be looking down with pride. "I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name," he said of Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. "I hope that my mother will be proud, too."
Originally posted 02/20/2013 11:40AM
Some of the gorgeous and historic dresses worn by Princess Diana are headed for auction – again!
The most famous of the 10 dresses, which were originally sold by Diana in New York a few months before her death in 1997, is the midnight blue gown that Diana wore as she twirled around the dance floor at the White House with John Travolta in 1985. Diana graced the Victor Edelstein-designed velvet dress for the state dinner given by President Ronald and Nancy Reagan in honor of the princess's then-husband, Prince Charles.
London-based auctioneer Kerry Taylor is selling the gowns, with the collection including some of the princess's favorite designers: Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker and Bruce Oldfield.
Originally posted 01/25/2013 11:50AM
That mysterious photo that surfaced earlier this month of the young, pre-princess Diana Spencer has, it turns out, an equally mysterious buyer.
A real estate investor from San Diego, Calif., who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the photo for $18,000, according to the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction.
The black-and-white image shows a young Diana lounging with her friend Adam Russell, described by Diana biographer Andrew Morton as the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin and now a deer farmer in Dorset.
Originally posted 01/04/2013 05:00PM
Leave it to royal reporter and Diana biographer Andrew Morton to reveal the "unknown male" in the 1980s photo of the late princess making the rounds Friday as it heads to auction.
Morton, who wrote Diana, Her True Story, was familiar with the image from when he was originally "given the task of trying to identify the boy in the picture."
"The young man was Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and now a deer farmer in Dorset," Morton tells the U.K.'s Guardian of when he conducted interviews for his book.
Originally posted 01/04/2013 10:30AM
She was one of the world's most photographed women, but now a new and unseen photo of the late Princess Diana is causing a stir nearly 16 years after her death as it goes to public auction.
The black-and-white photo shows a teenage Diana on a Swiss ski holiday lounging on the lap of a young man, who has been identified as Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin. He is reading a book and resting it on Diana's shoulder.
A bottle of liquor rests on a window ledge above her head, creating an image that was certain to be unfit for a future princess, and is one that was marked "not to be published," according to Britain's Daily Mirror, which purchased the picture in Feb. 26, 1981 – just two days after the then-Diana Spencer was engaged to Prince Charles.
The photo was kept hidden in the paper's archives until it was purchased seven years ago by the private Caren Archive. It is now set for auction by RR Auctions in New Hampshire, and is being described as a "salacious teenage image of the future princess."
Originally posted 09/14/2012 07:30PM
While visiting the Assyakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge followed religious protocol and donned a headscarf while entering the house of worship.
But she's hardly the first royal woman to do so while visiting an Asian nation.
During a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, in 2007, the Duchess of Cornwall followed custom, wearing a gray headscarf to enter the Eyüp Sultan Mosque while visiting with Prince Charles.
Originally posted 09/11/2012 08:20AM
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Singapore, the first stop on their official tour to Southeast Asia to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
In a nod to her hosts, Kate, 30, wore a pink kimono-style dress with an orchid pattern by British designer Jenny Packham as they arrived Tuesday.
One of their first stops was at the city's Botanic Gardens to view their famed orchids, including one named for the couple and one named after William's late mother, Princess Diana.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 10:30AM
Princess Diana's legacy lives on – thanks to her brother, Earl Spencer.
Spencer, 47, and his wife Countess Spencer, 39, have welcomed their first child together, a healthy 8 lb., 14 oz. baby girl whom they have named Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer – after his beloved late sister.
"She's adorable," the proud (seven-time) father told London's Daily Mail.
Although the couple hadn't settled on a name before the birth, Spencer had the newborn's late aunt Diana in mind. "I very much wanted her commemorated in the naming of our daughter," he said.
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