Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Decades of royal fashion on tour in Australia - From Diana's cheeky Crown jewel headband to Kate's Baywatch moment, November 10, 2015

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and The queen in 1954 in a lemon yellow cape-sleeved dress with a traditional three row pearl necklace and the wattle inspired hat designed to warm the hearts of Australians for their new monarch.


Queen Elizabeth II, in Australia in 1954 in a bottle green chiffon dress with floaty cap sleeves and elbow-length white gloves, has rules of fashion which include five pairs of gloves each day, dresses that are easy to both sit and stand, and handbags with straps which allow for easy handshaking with the public.

As a glamorous 27-year-old monarch, Queen Elizabeth wowed the Australian crowds in this lace one-shouldered dress with dazzling royal jewellery, as she is pictured leaving a banquet with Prince Philip during their inaugural 1954 Australian tour.

Crown jewels: Young and very much in love with her prince, Princess Diana topped off a one-shouldered blue gown with an art deco diamond and emerald choker - originally worn by Queen Mary - and controversially wore it as a headband to burn up the dance floor in Melbourne with Prince Charles in 1985

The other winning accessory: Princess Diana changed the game by taking Prince William to Australia in 1983 and Kate could not leave her lovely little Prince George, pictured in Canberra with the Duchess wearing a navy tweed Michael Kors dress coat and the little prince in red.

Princess Diana pictured with an infant Prince William during her royal tour of Australia in 1983, became the first of the royal family to travel with a young child to the other side of the world

Princess Diana in a cherry red Victor Edelstein dress with a plunging V back teamed with silver shoes and matching clutch

An elegant turn of heel from Princess Diana in a strapless Catherine Walker evening dress pink taffeta dotted with blue blossoms.

Absolute glamour: Stunning in another one-shouldered blue dress, Princess Diana is pictured on her way in to the Victor Change Research Institute Dinner Dance in 1996, her solo last visit to Australia in the year before the much-loved Princess died in a car crash

The Duchess of Cambridge in the 'silver fern - All Blacks' dress which so pleased New Zealand audiences when she attended a state reception at Government House in Wellington last year 2014

For her visit to the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Amberley, Queensland, the Duchess chose to go back to the British high street by wearing a blue poppy-dappled dress by L.K. Bennett. The 'Lasa' dress swiftly sold out online

Dressed elegantly in dove grey for the Easter Sunday church service at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney on her 2014 Australian tour, the Duchess of Cambridge still managed to look effortlessly stylish in this Alexander McQueen suit and Jane Taylor statement hat.

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge elegant in these pretty pale pink Alexander McQueen separates and a set of neat pearl droplet earrings and Asprey's Woodland Pendant to complete spring get-up

That Baywatch moment: After meeting local lifesavers Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, sprints up Manly beach in Sydney last year 2014 in her high-heeled wedge sandals and eyelet dress by Australian designer, Zimmermann, perhaps breaking the rules for royal reserve but winning the hearts of the Australian public
A natural with cameras, Princess Diana chuckles at a seated Prince Charles aboard a plane during their royal flight to Australia during a royal tour of the Pacific

Princess Diana in simple white, with Prince Charles in a neutral safari suit at Uluru in central Australia in 1983 where the royal couple were warmly greeted by indigenous Australians and the traditional owners of the iconic rock

Just over 30 years later, Princess Diana and Prince Charles' son Prince William stands proudly before the same rock at sunset with his wife Kate who is dressed simply but smartly for the Central Australian heat in a Hobbs checked linen dress.

The young Princess Diana manages to dazzle at Government House in Canberra in 1983 in the Spencer family diamond tiara and and a Saudi Arabian star sapphire and diamond necklace.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in a filmy yellow and white dress, meet schoolchildren in Alice Springs in 1983

Australia's love affair with Princess Diana, pictured wearing Belville Sassoon in Hobart in 1983, was partly for her glamour, 'that X factor' says royal book author Juliet Rieden, but also because 'she cared about children and would make a point of going to talk with a child'.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles kiss at a polo match in Melbourne following a game by the prince against an Australian side in 1985

Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1983 at the Hands Oval in Bunbury, Western Australia, the same city which the Prince will visit this coming weekend with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Princess of Wales, dressed by Jan Van Velden, during her trip to Alice springs in 1983, smiles up as Prince Charles makes a speech.

Diana, Princess Of Wales, wearing a Pail Costelloe dress, meets lifeguards at Terrigal Beach on January 30, 1988 in Sydney, Australia on her second royal tour down under

Princess Diana in pale coral pink with a ruffled collar and rakish feathered hat meets children in Canberra in 1983 on her first Australian tour

What a welcome; The crowds flock to the Opera House in Sydney in 1983 to get a glimpse of Princess Diana, dressed in pink, and Prince Charles on the first of their three trips to Australia during their marriage.

Princess Anne, dressed in a sixties-inspired yellow coat with frogging, arrives in Sydney in 1970 at the Royal Easter Show, one of many visits by the royal family to the show where the crowds gathered again last year 2014 to greet Prince William and Kate

Princess Di visits the site of the new Parliament House in Canberra in 1985 dressed in black and white teamed with a hard hat
In 1927, the flapper era, the Duke and Duchess of York - parents to the current Queen - are pictured at the Morphettville racecourse watching the end of the Adelaide Cup

Queen Elizabeth II greets an enthusiastic crowd at Hobart, Tasmania during a royal tour of Australia in 1970

A regal Queen Elizabeth in beaded sage green delivers a speech in Western Australia during her Jubilee tour in 1977

Queen Elizabeth dressed in green satin is pictured with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954 standing beneath the King George V memorial at a gathering of ex-servicemen in Canberra

Queen Elziabeth II wearing a green suit and matching hat adorned with fabric flowers by Simone Mirman on tour in Australia in 1973

With the Duke of Edinburgh in full naval dress whites, the Queen stands alongside him in a monochrome white coat with black chevron appliqued sleeves and matching hat in 1954 in Canberra.

The Queen's parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother en route to Australia and New Zealand in 1927

The Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the parents of the current monarch Queen Elizabeth II, in Melbourne on their 1927 tour of Australia

It's 1970 and the Queen dressed in cream and coral and adhering to all her strict fashion rules waves at the crowds as she and the Duke step our of the plane for their tour to celebrate the bicentenary of Captain Cook's landing in Australia

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