The Unconventional Second Wedding Dress of Princess Diana

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Royal wedding dresses are always a topic of conversation, and people around the world love seeing what the royals wear down the aisle—as well as what they change into later in the evening. Many have discussed. Kate Middleton Meghan Markle’s second dresses, but did you know Princess DianaAfter her nuptials, she wore a very unusual outfit.

Princess Diana’s Unique Post-Wedding Outfit

For her 1981 wedding, Diana wore a fairytale-inspired gown with puff sleeves and a 25-foot train. The wedding gown wasn’t exactly suited for traveling, though, so the princess changed into a more casual—and unique—outfit after the ceremony.

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Diana was photographed in light pink, knee-length, with matching short-sleeved jacket, while she left for her honeymoon trip to Gibraltar. Accessorized with a clutch in the same shade as pink and a feathered hat, she wore a matching feathered hat. 

Belville Sassoon custom-made the outfit for Diana. They also offered a longer jacket option. The ensemble was so practical and fashionable that it quickly found a place in the princess’ permanent wardrobe. The outfit was worn by Diana on a 1982 royal tour of Australia and at a hospital opening in 1983. 

Belville Sassoon initially turned her away

However, Diana’s post-wedding look almost didn’t happen. When she went to Belville Sassoon to buy an outfit for her engagement photographs, the princess was refused entry. A sales associate directed her to nearby Harrods’, not recognizing the royal. 

“You can imagine how Belinda [Bellville] and David [Sassoon] felt when they realized the future Princess of Wales had been turned away,” Matthew StoreyThe Curator of Royal Style, Kensington Palace’s Making fashion show.

Diana returned to the shop with her mother, and they developed a close friendship. Belville Sassoon created her outfit for her honeymoon and also the bright blue outfit she wore in her engagement photos. 

Middleton And Markle’s More Traditional Second Dresses

Although Diana was happy to change into a variety of colors after the ceremony, her future daughters chose to keep things more traditional. Middleton swapped out her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, lace-sleeved gown and opted for another designer’s dress. This one was simpler, and made of white satin. Middleton accessorized it with a sparkly sash. 

Markle also chose another white gown. After walking down the aisle, she changed into a Givenchy-designed bateau-neck gown for the reception.

Diana was well-known for her leadership skills during her time in the Royal Family. It looks like she was just as successful after her wedding!

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