The Princess of Wales meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 29 April 1985. At this occasion the Princess is required to adhere to the demands of protocol and wears a calf-length black lace dress by Catherine Walker. The Victorian style dress with a dropped V-shaped skirt is worn with a lace veil in the same fabric. The back view reveals some exquisite button detailing. Protocol also demanded that the Princess wear gloves, an accessory not much used in her working wardrobe.
The Princess arrives in Melbourne, Australia in October 1985 and she wears a new pinstripe coat dress in a light coffee colour and white stripes by Catherine Walker. The double-breasted bodice is buttoned to one side and has a plain round neckline and the skirt features pleats at the front and at the back. A round turned-brimmed hat is worn in matching shades of white and beige.
Diana purchased this off-the-peg gown in Knightsbridge in 1985. It is a cocktail Ballerina-length dress designed by Jacques Azagury with padded shoulders, a long fitted black velvet bodice embroidered with glimmering blue stars and shapes. The drop-waisted skirt is a double-layer of royal blue organza tied on the hip with a bow. The Princess of Wales first wore this dress in Florence in April,1985 at a banquet given by the mayor.
The Princess paid a one-day visit to Northern Ireland in October 1985. Her busy schedule included planting a tree at Hillsborough Castle and visiting a Dr Barnado’s child care unit near Stormont. She wears a beige wool suit. The short jacket has wide puff sleeves and is worn over a cream pie crust collar blouse and a pencil skirt.