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  • Prince Philip's will to be kept private for 90 years

    The late Duke of Edinburgh's will is remaining sealed to "maintain the dignity" of the Queen and the royal family.

  • Royal expert claims Prince William's birthday post for Harry was intentionally 'curt'

    I mean, it is a pretty different vibe from last year....

  • All the times the royal family killed it in plaid

    Kate sported a houndstooth plaid dress during a visit to Bradford, where she and Prince William made milkshakes. In a photograph released to celebrate her fourth birthday, the young princess sported a very fashionable plaid skirt. A plaid skirt, jacket and head scarf is Queen Elizabeth II's go-to casual outfit.

  • Kate Middleton's back-to-work wardrobe includes one of this year's biggest trends

    It's the Duchess' first public appearance since Wimbledon.

  • Kate Middleton reveals her kids are 'very interested' in one of Prince William's hobbies

    The Duchess of Cambridge shared the tidbit on Wednesday as she exchanged stories with British heroes who helped evacuate thousands from Afghanistan in recent weeks

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People

    "In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle," writes José Andrés about the couple.

  • Prince William suits up in a velvet tux jacket with matching loafers

    Prince William stepped out to honor health heroes, including members of the National Health Service

  • Kate Middleton loves these Superga sneakers — and so do we

    There's a reason why Kate Middleton wears these affordable sneakers time and time again.

  • James Middleton's officiant spills top-secret wedding details, says royals 'didn't want to steal the show'

    Kate Middleton wore light green as she, Prince William and the Cambridge kids attended her little brother's intimate nuptials to Alizée Thevenet in the south of France on Saturday

  • Prince Andrew challenges sexual assault lawsuit's jurisdiction hours before first hearing

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre says she is "holding Prince Andrew accountable" for alleged unwilling sexual encounters when she was under the age of consent

  • Prince Harry and Prince William share personal memories of Philip in new tribute

    Queen Elizabeth opened up her collection of intimate home videos to reveal cherished moments between Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward

  • The story behind Princess Diana's 'revenge' Met Gala look

    By Erin Donnelly On Monday, Sept. 13, after 16 months of pandemic-forced cancellations and postponements, the famed Met Gala will at last return, with throngs of A-listers descending upon New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art in their most inventive fashions. Though this year's long-awaited event — often referred to as fashion prom — is being billed as more intimate in scale this go-around, rumors are already running rampant about who might be on the star-studded guest list, notoriously vetted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. As the 2021 co-chairs, Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka alone are guaranteed to be gracing the most thrilling red carpet in the world, with this year's theme devoted to American fashion. But it's the legacy of a Brit that carries special significance, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana's visit to fashion's big night out. (In a stroke of symmetry, 2021 also marked what would have been the late royal's 60th birthday, on July 1, and 40 years since her July 29, 1981, wedding to Prince Charles.) Princess Diana's appearance on Dec. 9, 1996, remains noteworthy on several counts: her daring, lingerie-inspired dress, designed by a visionary young John Galliano in his first season at Dior; the rarity of a British royal attending the gala (although Wintour herself is a dame); and the moment's encapsulation of her transition, as Eloise Moran of Lady Di Revenge Looks puts it, "from royal to international celebrity." Moran, whose popular Instagram account chronicles Diana's "sassiest post-divorce looks" and will release The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through Her Clothes in June 2022, says the then-35-year-old royal's attendance came as she was finding new footing among New York City's fashion crowd in the months since her scandalous split from Prince Charles. The former couple finalized their divorce on Aug. 28, 1996 — a year and three days before Diana would die from injuries sustained in a Paris car crash, and just three months before the Met Gala. Was Diana's dress a "revenge" look? "One hundred percent," says Moran. For its theme that year, the gala — which started in 1948 as a more staid fundraising dinner for the Met's Costume Institute, until the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland came on as a consultant in the early 1970s and transformed it into the splashy, starry spectacle it is now — had chosen the work of Christian Dior. Though the eponymous French designer died in 1957, his fashion house remains one of the leading luxury labels. In 1996, all eyes were on the young British-Gibraltarian man who had just taken over as head designer, John Galliano. In his first couture collection for Dior, Galliano included a slinky midnight-blue silk slip dress reminiscent of a negligee, black lace trim emphasizing the boudoir-chic effect. It's this dress that Diana chose to wear. The princess reportedly had her reservations about the provocative look, however. According to the royal biographer Katie Nicholl, author of 2010's William and Harry, Diana worried that the dress might embarrass her then-14-year-old son William, who was struggling with his parents' split. Ultimately, the urge to make a bold sartorial statement as a newly single woman won out. Diana paired the Dior dress with a matching navy silk robe-style cover up — perfect for fending off the December chill — but didn't shy from adding some ice in the form of her sapphire and diamond cluster drop earrings. The jewels perfectly complemented her sapphire engagement ring — which, along with the earrings, has since been passed down to her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton — and the pearl and sapphire choker necklace made famous for its appearance during her 1985 dance with John Travolta. Diana also carried her go-to quilted Dior handbag, a style now known as the Lady Dior in her honor. Dressed to the nines, the princess arrived in the company of her friend Liz Tilberis, then the editor of Harper's Bazaar and a co-chair for that year's gala. (In a rare absence since becoming chairwoman of the Costume Institute — now part of the Anna Wintour Costume Center — in 1995, Wintour did not co-chair the 1996 event, though another princess, Marie-Chantal of Greece, stepped in.) Tilberis, wearing a velvet turtleneck dress with matching opera-length gloves in the same shade of midnight blue as her royal pal, was at the time undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, and would die from the disease in 1999. Galliano himself also stayed close to Diana's side throughout the evening, reportedly introducing the princess to fashion's own version of royalty. By all accounts the mother of two was the "belle of the ball," though Moran notes that her dress — now considered an iconic look that's been displayed at London's Victoria and Albert Museum — fell flat with some more conservative royal-watchers. "That was one of her most shocking dresses, and it got slated because they said it didn't suit her figure because she obviously had quite broad shoulders," Moran says. "But I thought she looked fabulous. She just looks so happy and confident." The dress's shock value may have been the appeal, Moran adds, noting that Diana was well aware of the reaction her outfits received. What better place to push the envelope than at the Met Gala? "I think she was embracing it and enjoying it," Moran says. "She knew she could never get rid of the attention and the spotlight on her, but I think she was positioning it in a different way, as a kind of international megastar, Marilyn Monroe-type icon rather than a member of the royal family. And I think the dress really reflected that." Read more from Yahoo Life: Dwyane Wade wears Princess Diana's famous 'I'm a Luxury' sweater Prince Harry says Meghan Markle was the reason he started therapy: 'She could tell that I was hurting' 10 years after Alexander McQueen’s death by suicide, a look at mental health in the fashion world Want lifestyle and wellness news delivered to your inbox? Sign up here for Yahoo Life’s newsletter.

  • James Middleton is married — and his dog photobombed the newlyweds!

    Kate Middleton's brother popped the question to French financial analyst Alizee Thevenet in September 2019

  • Queen Elizabeth 'easily' supports Black Lives Matter, aide says

    The Queen's representative in London says the royal family "cares passionately" about unity in the U.K.

  • Do Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis use royal titles at school?

    The last name Prince William and Kate's kids use isn't what you'd expect

  • Prince William, Prince Harry will appear in documentary honouring Prince Philip

    The two brothers will join more than a dozen members of the royal family

  • 30 thoughts I had while watching 'Harry & Meghan: Escaping The Palace'

    A deep dive into the third installment of the Harry & Meghan series, fictionalizing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

  • The Queen's jacket: These Barbour jackets are beloved by the royals

    From Princess Diana to Kate Middleton, Barbour jackets are in every royal's fall wardrobe.