Though it's been 17 years since her death, Princess Diana—and her flawless style—is as beloved as ever. Which is exactly why Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills will be selling some of her chicest styles on Dec. 5 and 6—but first, a Big Apple stop!
Courtesy of the Today show on Wednesday, Nov. 12, viewers got a sneak peek at Her Royal Highness' auction dresses. The collection includes a petal pink dress by Catherine Walker, worn by the Princess when she attended a performance of La Boheme at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1993 (estimated to be $60,000 to $80,000). Also up for grabs is a Zandra Rhodes evening gown, worn by Prince William's mum to the Birthright benefit at the London Palladium in 1987. (This is one estimated to be worth between $80,000 to $100,000.)
So what should one do with a Princess Diana dress once he’s won? "In a case like this, you don't want to wear it. It's for a museum, or someone who's going to appreciate these is going to buy these in the auction," said Darren Julien, the President of Julien's Auctions, while visiting the morning show.
Not only will Princess Diana's dresses be sold to the highest bidder, a slice of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake is also for sale, sealed in a presentation tin. (The house is expecting to get $1,000 to $2,000 for the royal dessert.) Interesting fact: According to Martin Nolan, the auction house's Executive Director, a fruit cake like the prince and princess' is at its best 30 months in, so it's actually the perfect time to snack on it.
The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the memory of his mother Princess Diana by naming his daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The Princess of Wales, a tireless charity worker, died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997, when William was just 15.
In 2009 Prince William described the sense off loss he felt in the wake of his much-loved mother’s death. He said: "Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost." The name Diana has its roots in the Latin Diviana or Divus, meaning Divine.
Diana was the 358th most popular baby name in the UK in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available. Earl Spencer, the late Princess' brother, is pleased with the name. The history author tweeted: "Perfect names. My 2-year old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing. "Is at an age where thinks world revolves around her!"
On Saturday outspoken celebrity Katie Hopkins posted a bizarre message about the name of the Royal baby on Twitter. The controversial columnist told her half a million followers: "Fingers crossed for a Charlotte Diana. "Prince William - vengeance is sweet my son xx." Many of her followers were left scratching their head as to what the Celebrity Big Brother runner-up, who recently came under fire for calling migrants who died in the Mediterranean Sea - including children - "cockroaches, was referring to.
Today's Kensington Palace statement said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. "The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge." Speculation had been rife about the new princess's name since her birth on Saturday morning. The Princess of Cambridge came into the world at the Lindo Wing with Prince William by her side at 8.34am.
The royal family's Australia-New Zealand tour has not only given us the opportunity to melt over baby George's chubby cheeks, drool over two weeks' worth of Kate's wardrobe, and revel in the threesome's overall adorableness, it's also provided us with the chance to see the littlest prince for the first time since his christening, aside from that one fam photo the palace put out pre-trip.
And the first thing we noticed after George appeared in Kate's arms as they got off the plane in New Zealand—aside from the aforementioned cheeks—was just how much the wee royal looks like his dad. George has the same strawberry blond hair, cherub face, and little button nose William had when he was a baby. Will has already said that George doesn't appear to have inherited his hairline, but everything else is pretty much a royal carbon copy. Below see the overwhelming evidence of the father-son twin factor:
Speaking at a banquet in honor of the 21st anniversary of Child Bereavement UK, which Princess Diana helped to launch, the Duke of Cambridge honored his late mom. Prince William spoke candidly about the great loss he suffered when he was just 15 years old. "What my mother recognized back then–and what I understand now–is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure."
Prince William, who has a special connection to the organization, added: "Twenty one years ago last month, my mother attended the launch of the Child Bereavement Charity." "Fifteen years later, I was honored to be invited to become Patron of Child Bereavement UK to continue my mother's commitment to a charity which is very dear to me."