Looking Back At Princess Diana's Wimbledon Wardrobe

BY Olivia Blair / Jul 3 2018 / 14:05 PM

The royal could often be spotted on Centre Court

Looking Back At Princess Diana's Wimbledon Wardrobe

The British royals have a long-term connection to Wimbledon. The Duchess of Cambridge is a patron for the All England Lawn Tennis Association, the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Kent, is president and members of the family can often be spotted in the royal box each summer.

Another royal who had a passion for the SW19 tournament was Diana, Princess of Wales.

She first attended in the first week of July in 1981, less than a month before she married Prince Charles on 29 July.

Lady Diana Spencer, as she was then known, attended the men's singles final along with two foreign royals: Princess Stephanie and Prince Albert of Monaco.

In the initial stages of cementing herself as the fashion icon she would soon become, Lady Diana wore a blue floral blouse and skirt layered over a white collared shirt which she paired with her signature pearl necklace. All eyes of the crowd were on the soon-to-be royal bride as she stood to applaud John McEnroe when he defeated Bjorn Borg.

Princess Diana at Wimbledon

In 1984, Diana returned to the royal box. Three years into her marriage, the princess was pregnant with her second son Prince Harry when she watched the men's singles semi-finals between Jimmy Connors and Andy Murray's former coach Ivan Lendl.

Princess Diana at Wimbledon

Diana was seen at Centre Court again in 1991, when she was joined by her eldest son Prince William. She wore an eye-catching purple jacket with small white floral detailing and a chunky belt layered over a pleated skirt. Nine-year-old William looked both adorable and dapper in a suit and tie as he watched Steffi Graf win the women's singles final with his mother. William has gone on to attend the tournament on several occasions with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Diana at Wimbledon

In July 1993, Diana attended Wimbledon the year after her very public separation from the Prince of Wales. She continued to keep up public appearances including charity work and royal and state events, regardless of her marriage dissolving.

Diana took her mother Frances Shand Kydd to the men's singles final, when they witnessed Pete Sampras beating Jim Courier. She looked collected and happy and wore pearl jewellery, a peach skirt and blazer suit with a peach silk blouse and round sunglasses.

Princess Diana at Wimbledon

A year later, Diana returned with William again. Both dressed smartly for the occasion and Diana demonstrated her continuing incumbency as a fashion guru by opting for a monochrome, double-breasted nautical-style dress.

Princess Diana at Wimbledon

The last time Diana attended Wimbledon was two years before her untimely death in 1997. In July, 1995 - just a few months before she partook in a bombshell interview with Martin Bashir revealing insights into her marriage and personal life - Diana headed to Wimbledon wearing a cream skirt suit accessorised with her beloved pearl necklace and earrings combination. She chatted to the Queen's first cousin, the Prince of Kent, and watched Pete Sampras continue his men's singles title reign over Germany's Boris Becker.

Princess Diana at Wimbledon

Following the match, Sampras bowed in the direction of Diana, the New York Times reported.

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