On 3rd April 1983 during an official trip in Australia, Prince Charles, accompanied by Princess Diana, travelled to Warwick Farm to play in a polo match, his first for six months. For the Princess, though, there was an ulterior motive. At the match she met Ann Bolton, her flatmate from bachelor-girl days, who was now resident in Australia. The Princess was wearing a pale blue and white stripes dress with a white sailor collar by Catherine Walker.
The Princess of Wales attends a glittering dinner-dance at the Melbourne Hilton Hotel in Australia on 16th April 1983. She wears a one-sleeved dress in cream silk chiffon by the late fashion designer Hachi. The dress was given as a present to Diana by Vogue deputy editor Anna Harvey. It was the Princess’s first slinky and sophisticated evening gown and it is embroidered all over with translucent gold and silver glass beads and crystals and incorporates an elaborate design on the shoulder and waist.
YOU magazine was the high bidder with $75,100 for this dress at the Christie’s auction.
Charles and Diana visited Lauceston, Tasmania on 31st March 1983. Later that day they visited the sleepy town of Kempton, Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town. The final engagement of the trip to Tasmania was a visit to the Australian Maritime College. Jasper Conran designed the two-piece white suit worn by the Princess. The white suit has a long jacket, the skirt is a simple straight cut and it is worn over a blouse with a high mandarin collar. The ivory-coloured hat with silk flowers attached to one side is by John Boyd.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana traveled to Maitland, Australia in March 1983 for a walkabout and official welcome. The Princess wore a pale rose-pink and white striped suit by Catherine Walker that consisted of a short jacket with puffed sleeves over a simple blouse and skirt. The shapely skull cap with a large bow at the back was designed by John Boyd.
In Reading in February 1983 the Princess wears a blue wrapover wool coat dress by Catherine Walker featuring puff sleeves, a high mandarin neckline and cuffs edged in black piping. The sash tie belt and accessories are all in black. A small net-trimmed velvet bowler hat by John Boyd is in a matching shade of blue.