Princess Diana’s Bahrain outfit sells at auction

Princess Diana and Prince Charles stayed for six-day in the Gulf for an official visit in 1986. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 24 June 2019

Princess Diana’s Bahrain outfit sells at auction

  • The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel
  • Diana’s day wear is harder to fetch than her evening wear

DUBAI: A dress worn by Princess Diana during her visit to Gulf states in 1986 fetched $135,000 at an auction last week.

Sold as part of a trio of outfits at for a staggering $331,292, the blue-and-white dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and went under the hammer at Kerry Taylor Auctions.

“Diana’s day wear is much rarer than her evening wear, which she auctioned a huge tranche off in the late 1990s,” the auction house’s founder, Kerry Taylor, told the Daily Mail. “Day wear dresses she wore for more formal functions she either gave to friends or charity shops, so they have mostly disappeared.”

In November 1986, Princess Diana and Prince Charles paid a six-day visit to the Gulf states.


Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker, Clean Bandit added to Diriyah line-up

American pop rock band Imagine Dragons will perform on Nov. 22. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2019

Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker, Clean Bandit added to Diriyah line-up

DUBAI: American pop rock band Imagine Dragons, British-Norwegian DJ Alan Walker and British electronic music band Clean Bandit have been added to the line-up of performances for Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Music Festival on Nov. 22.

Last week, the organizers announced that Latin American music giant Maluma will be part of the Diriyah Season. The Colombian singer songwriter will perform for fans on Nov. 23 after the Diriyah E-Prix.

First on stage on Nov. 23 will be Lebanese-Canadian R&B singer Massari, whose music combines Middle Eastern and Western culture, especially with hits such as “Shisha” and “Ya Nour El-Ein.” He has collaborated with the likes of Shaggy, Beenie Man and Afrojack.

Tickets to the concerts are free for those attending the opening two races of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.