Libby Thompson, Historic Royal Palaces curator, said: ‘Fashion Rules has proved popular with our visitors, and we’re delighted to be able to expand on this theme to celebrate the style evolution of three iconic modern royal women. The new display will delve even deeper into the royal wardrobe, revealing some real surprises that I hope will challenge the way we think of royal style'
Going in alone - the vamp in Versace Atelier Versace, 1997 As Princess of Wales, Diana had adopted the royal tradition of wearing clothes by British designers, and throughout her time as a working princess she stuck faithfully to a trusted coterie of upper-crust couturiers, such as Bruce Oldfield and David Sassoon. But following her separation from Prince Charles, Diana decided to experiment with international labels. It was a small but significant sign of her growing independence.
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation gown. In this photo, you can really see the embroidered thistles, shamrocks, and other emblems of the British Empire at the time of her coronation. Designer Norman Hartnell added a good luck charm to the gown. Amid the floral emblems, he included an extra four-leaf shamrock on the left side of the skirt so that her hand could rest upon it during the ceremony.