The Princess of Wales challenged prejudice towards HIV in April 1987 when she famously held hands with an AIDS patient for the cameras when opening the first purpose-built AIDS ward at Middlesex Hospital in London. A breakthrough gesture at the time, after shaking hands with nine victims, the Princess helped dispelling fears that the disease can be caught by normal social contact. It also showed her compassion and commitment to her charities. For the occasion, Diana wore a discreet tight-fitting royal blue dress by Victor Edelstein.
For the Easter Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in April 1987, Diana wears a double-breasted summer coat in a lightweight pastel-blue wool with pearlized buttons and cream trimming by Catherine Walker. The designer made identical coats for Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince William is dressed in the coat that day.