Like her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana was a fan of recycling her favorite outfits. But did you know that the Princess of Wales let her friends and family borrow her clothes, too? (The royals, just like us!) While Di’s most famous hand-me-down is the 12-carat sapphire ring that Prince William gave to Kate Middleton in 2010 when they got engaged, the Princess of Wales’s older sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale and sister-in-law, Sarah, Duchess of York, were often seen re-wearing the princess’s maternity dresses and skirt suits over the years.
See here the most stylish outfits Princess Diana shared, and perhaps you’ll be able to finally convince your sister to let you raid her closet, too.
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The Striped Skirt Suit
Just a year after Prince Harry was born, Prince Charles and Princess Diana embarked on their second official tour of Australia in October 1985. Princess Diana wore this striped skirt suit at least twice on the tour to attend events like the Melbourne Marathon, seen here, and on a walkabout to greet local children.
A little over two years later, Princess Diana’s older sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale wore the same suit with a white pussybow blouse underneath to visit their old school in West Health on November 12, 1987.
The Magenta Drop-Waist Dress
In 1986, Princess Diana wore a magenta drop-waist dress with a short strand of pearls to visit the hospice at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in London.
Sarah Ferguson repurposed the colorful dress as maternity wear when she was pregnant with Princess Beatrice. She’s seen here wearing it with black gloves and long gold necklaces on June 8, 1988, presenting Prince Charles with a prize after a polo match at Windsor Castle. (She wore a similar dress in yellow to the Royal Ascot a few days later.)
The Herringbone Tweed Jacket
Shortly before she became pregnant with Prince Harry, Princess Diana attended the opening of the Park Lane Fair in December 1983, wearing a puff-sleeved tweed jacket cinched at the waist with a black belt.
At the funeral of their father, the 8th Earl Spencer, in March 1992, the Princess of Wales opted for an all-black ensemble while Lady Sarah McCorquodale re-wore the gray herringbone jacket, buttoned up to the neck with a broad-brimmed black hat for the somber occasion.
The Purple Power Suit
Skirt suits were basically everyday wear in Princess Diana’s 1990s wardrobe. In the early ’90s, she wore this bold purple suit with a coordinating floral top underneath before giving it away to her sister.
Lady Sarah McCorquodale was later photographed wearing the gold-buttoned purple suit on a walkabout in Nottingham with the Princess of Wales on September 9, 1992. She accessorized the suit with black flats and a black top underneath, while her sister wore a similar suit in cobalt blue.
The Blue Floral Dress
Just before her July 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, then-Lady Diana Spencer attended her first Trooping the Colour on June 13, 1981. She wore a blue and pink floral dress with white gloves, a blouse with a frilled collar underneath, and a blue floral hat to top it all off.
She lent the ensemble to her friend Sarah Ferguson (pictured here behind Princess Anne), who wore it four years later to the Royal Ascot Races in 1985 (where she met her future husband Prince Andrew).
The Blue Skirt Suit
On February 21, 1991, Princess Diana took part in a game of lawn bowling at the opening of the Glasgow Centre for the Deaf. She wore a blue skirt suit with a black collar by Catherine Walker and a white top underneath.
A year later, on March 23, 1992, her sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale borrowed the outfit and styled it similarly while on tour in Hungary.
Red Polka Dots
During a walkabout on April 14, 1983, in Melbourne, Australia, Princes Diana wore a cheerful polka-dot dress underneath a red blazer.
Six years later, her sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale wore a very similar dress (if not the same exact one, just tailored differently and styled with a new collar) to her brother Charles Spencer’s wedding to Victoria Lockwood on September 16, 1989, where Prince Harry was a page boy.
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