Even in a flak jacket, the princess was stylish

Diana’s out­fits on view in sell-out show

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DRIVE past Jel­sum in Hol­land and the road will play you a tune.

Cre­ated by spe­cially laid ‘rum­ble strips’ as a way of liven­ing up jour­neys across the flat land­scape, the nov­elty has worn thin for lo­cals driven mad by the loud dron­ing melody.

The tune, the Fries­land re­gion an­them, is cre­ated when ve­hi­cles drive over the strips at 60km/h.

“Last Satur­day (with all the speed­ing taxis)… the an­them played all night at high speed,” said res­i­dent Ria Jansma.

The au­thor­i­ties agreed to re­move the strips this week, the Leeuwarder Courant re­ported. – Reuters/African News Agency (ANA)

Ruby choco­late hits the mark

NES­TLE will launch a ruby choco­late ver­sion of its KitKat brand in UK next week af­ter its re­cent de­but in Ja­pan and South Ko­rea, the Swiss food group said this week. The pink con­fec­tionery is made from ruby co­coa beans and does not con­tain colour­ing or berries.

The in­no­va­tive move is part of an ef­fort by Nes­tle to push its con­fec­tionery cre­ations up­mar­ket.

This ver­sion of the four-fin­gered KitKat will be avail­able from Bri­tish Tesco stores for 85 pence (about R14.41) a pack, Nes­tle an­nounced. – Reuters/African News Agency (ANA) THE im­age of Diana, Princess of Wales, strolling across a live African mine­field is one of the most iconic pho­to­graphs of her ever taken.

Now the pub­lic will be able to re­call the mo­ment in per­son, as Princes Wil­liam and Harry have lent one of the out­fits from their mother’s trip to An­gola to an ex­hi­bi­tion on her fash­ion legacy.

The Halo- branded flak jacket donned by the princess, a sleeve­less blue shirt and Ar­mani chi­nos worn on the trip are among three out­fits the broth­ers still own and have lent to Diana: Her Fash­ion Story.

The sell- out ex­hi­bi­tion at Kens­ing­ton Palace was launched last year to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of her death.

The princes have sev­eral pieces of cloth­ing of their mother’s in their pos­ses­sion.

The other two out­fits they are al­low­ing to be dis­played are al­most as iconic. One is the pink Bel­lville Sas­soon suit Diana wore to board the train for her hon­ey­moon in 1981, the other a pur­ple Ver­sace evening dress worn to a Chicago fundrais­ing gala in 1996.

The out­fits are an in­ter­est­ing con­trast, one en­cap­su­lat- ing the girl­ish “shy Di” of the early years of her mar­riage, the other a sexy and con­fi­dent post- di­vorce princess. The three en­sem­bles are among eight to go on show at Diana’s for­mer home from April 26 in the ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised by the His­toric Royal Palaces char­ity.

They in­clude the full-length Yuki blue dress she wore on a trip to Ja­pan in 1986, the red and black gown she wore to a Pavarotti char­ity con­cert for the Red Cross in 1995, and a light blue silk day dress worn on a tour to New Zealand in 1983 with Prince Charles and a baby Prince Wil­liam.

Diana loved fash­ion, and while she some­times baulked at be­ing seen as a clothes horse, she fre­quently used her wardrobe to fo­cus me­dia at­ten­tion on the causes she cared so pas­sion­ately about – or to send out a mes­sage about what was go­ing on in her life.

Eleri Lynn, ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor at His­toric Royal Palaces, said: “Diana was one of the most pho­tographed women in the world, and it’s no co­in­ci­dence that so many of her out­fits are now among the most eas­ily recog­nis­able in fash­ion his­tory. Through Diana: Her Fash­ion Story we ex­plore the evo­lu­tion of a young woman who had to first learn the rules of royal and diplo­matic dress­ing, then mas­ter the art of cre­at­ing her own sig­na­ture style.

“We’re de­lighted this year vis­i­tors to Kens­ing­ton Palace will have the chance to see more of the Princess’s show-stop­ping wardrobe.”

Diana vis­ited war- torn An­gola in 1997, seven months be­fore her death, as a guest of the In­ter­na­tional Red Cross. She wanted to see the ef­fects of land­mines and meet some of their vic­tims.

She fa­mously walked through a live mine­field to high­light the work of the Halo Trust, a char­ity work­ing to re­move them. But her ac­tions trig­gered a diplo­matic storm af­ter she was ac­cused of wad­ing into an is­sue that was “too po­lit­i­cal”.

How­ever, her visit fo­cused in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion on to a rel­a­tively un­known hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

The out­fit on dis­play com­prises her Ar­mani trousers and blue sleeve­less denim shirt – in which she was pic­tured talk­ing to chil­dren in­jured by blasts – and the Halo flak jacket

‘Singing’ road to lose its jin­gle

she donned for her mem­o­rable walk across the mine­field

Sas­soon was also com­mis- sioned to cre­ate the princess’s trousseau for her new life as a work­ing royal. –Daily Mail

PIC­TURE: AN­TO­NIO COTRIM

Diana be­ing ac­com­pa­nied through a mine­field in Huambo, An­gola in 1997.

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