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15 Times Diana, Princess Of Wales Aced The Wimbledon Dress Code

30/06/2020

Wimbledon might be cancelled this year, another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean one can’t indulge in a little flit through classic spectator style hits through the years while counting down the days till next year. For while there is no official dress code for guests of the Grand Slam tournament, everyone is encouraged to dress smartly, particularly those lucky enough to frequent Centre Court or Court Number One (those in the Royal Box must wear a jacket and tie), which means the fashion stakes are high.

As for the undisputed master of Centre Court dressing? No one pulled it off quite like Diana, Princess of Wales. An avid sports fan and a mainstay at the famed tennis tournament throughout the ’80s and ’90s, cheery summer prints, oversized ’80s belts, power shoulders and retro shades comprised key features of her Wimbledon looks. Her colourful courtside style was only matched in exuberance by her zealous applause and the enthusiastic facial expressions that she displayed at the height of match play. Here, Vogue looks back at some of Diana, Princess of Wales’s defining Wimbledon spectator moments.

1981
Princess Diana was the epitome of summer in a bright blue floral wrap coord and crisp white shirt as she stood to applaud John McEnroe when he defeated Björn Borg.
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1994
Princess Diana and Princess Michael of Kent joined a centre court standing ovation as Pete Sampras was crowned champion at the Wimbledon men’s finals.
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1984
Diana wore jolly stripes for the semi-final between Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
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1986
A cinched-waist sunny dress was the outfit of choice for the fourth round of men’s singles between Pat Cash and Mats Wilander
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1987
Diana accessorised her game face with statement aviator sunglasses for the men’s final in 1987.
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1987
Nail-biting moments at the Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert match.
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1987
The princess’s courtside dress that she wore to watch Ivan Lendl and Henri Leconte was not dissimilar to the polka-dot look that she debuted after she gave birth to Prince William.
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1989
Princess Diana applauds Boris Becker at the end of the men’s singles semi-final on the Centre Court.
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1989
Baby blue hues and statement earrings comprised Diana’s courtside look as she watched McEnroe beat Mats Wilander.
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1990
Power shoulders for the men’s singles finals between Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker.
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1991
Diana avidly looks on at the men’s final between Michael Stich and Boris Becker.
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1991
The princess pays tribute to on-court dress in a white pleated tennis skirt and patterned purple shirt.
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1993
A jubilant moment as Pete Sampras won the men’s singles final in 1993.
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1994
The princess stunned in a sharp black and white dress for the ladies’ singles final when Conchita Martínez defeated Martina Navratilova.
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1995
Statement gold and pearl earrings from Chanel were the perfect accessory for Diana’s pastel tailoring at the men’s final between Boris Becker and Pete Sampras in 1995.
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From British Vogue

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