- Stores Where Princess Diana Liked to Shop
- For further details on Princess Diana's shopping at these stores and at many other firms for which I was unable to find internet sites, see: The Definitive Diana by Sally Moore, The Princess and the Duchess by Josephine Fairley, Diana's Diary by Andrew Morton, The Royal Shopping Guide
- by Nina Grunfeld, Diana: Her Life in Fashion by Georgina Howell, Princess by Ann Morrow, and A Walk Through Princess Diana's London by Paul Garner.
- Return home to Princess Diana Shopping Arcade.
Amanda Wakeley--designer. Many items in her collection can be viewed online, and a biography of her is included. 80 Fulham Rd SW3 6HR - Tel: +44 020 7590 9105
Asprey and Garrard --At the time of the royal wedding these were separate jewelers who had both supplied jewelry to The Firm. Prince Charles got Diana's ring at Garrard's, and both jewelers issued some fairly costly royal wedding memorabilia in sterling. As Asprey and Garrard, this jeweler provided the gold cigar cutter which she gave to Dodi Al-Fayed. After the separation from Prince Charles, she also bought three lizard clutch purses there. Until the summer of 2002, Diana's friend Rosa Monckton worked for the company in an executive capacity. 167 New Bond Street, London W1S 4AR - Tel: +44 020 7493 6767 (Note: Unless you install the latest Flash player on your computer, the site won't work.)
--Italian based chain store which provided mmany casual clothes for herself
and the boys.
"The Princess of Wales liked their cropped trousers, of which she bought several pairs with their matching T-shirts. The Princess also bought bikinis from Benetton. 'She popped in when in pleased her, but she bought with great discrimination'." From The Royal Shopping Guide, p. 70.
129-131 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SU - Tel: +44 020 7937 3034
The Body Shop --Favorite products included its Milk Bath, Strawberry Body Shampoo and Body Gel, Elder flower Water, Elder flower Under eye Gel, Rich Night Cream with Vitamin E, Chamomile Shampoo, Banana Conditioner, and Peppermint Foot Lotion. 137 Kensington High Street, London W8 6BA - Tel: +44 020 7376 0771/b>
and Wilson --Princess Diana owned the
spider set and lizard pin on sale at this upscale costume jewelry store.
"Buying a huge spidery clip and earrings, she came back the next day saying,
'I liked them so much I want to give them as presents ' and bought lots
more. 'My friends will think they are a great joke,' she said." (Morrow,
Princess, p. 277.) 189 Fulham Road,
London SW3 6JN Tel: +44 020 7352 3045
Caroline Charles-- Lady Diana Spencer was one of her customers before the engagement, and Diana continued to purchase her designs due to the influence of Vogue Magazine when she was assembling her trousseau. A notable outfit was the plaid dress she wore to the Braemar games which had the white collar and cuffs and was topped off with a black velvet beret. In order to view this site, you will need to install a Flash Player if it is not already installed. (The Royal Shopping Guide, p. 79.) 56-57 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 +44 020 7589 5850
Book Centre --The bookshelves in the nursery were replenished with
book and videos from this Kensington bookstore, which stocks over 15,000
titles for children aged 1-15.
237 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SA
Clarins --Cosmetics firm which provided Sensitive Skkin day and night creams, Alpine Herb Cleanser, and Yellow Toner. Princess Diana also had a full beauty treatment on one of her trips to Paris.
Collingwood and Company--Jeweler to the Royal Family since 1817, this firm supplied the necklace that Charles gave to Diana after the birth of Prince William, which is made of gold, diamonds, and pearls and has a heart in the center. She is wearing it in the picture of the three of them taken shortly after William's birth that was used for the 1982 Christmas card. (The Royal Shopping Guide, p. 94.) 171 New Bond Street, London W1Y 9PB Tel: +44 020 7734 2656
& Evelyn --Purchases here included the store's own brand of
honey, corgi shaped soaps for the Queen, and the Tom Kitten bath products.
6 Kensington Church Street, London
Tel: +44 020 7937 9335
--Herbal teas were purchased here, but this shop also has many nice spices,
condiments, and aromatherapy oils among its products. 8, The Market,
Covent Garden, London WC2E
Tel: +44 020 7379 6698
Damart --For those chilly walkabouts in Wales and tthose freezing cold holidays at Balmoral, Princess Diana bought thermal underwear here.
Daniel Galvin --Hairdresser who colored Diana's hair during the nineties. The site is currently undergoing an overhaul, and for the moment just contains the number to call the shop.
Dragons of Walton Street --Hand painted furniture for the royal nursery at Highgrove was purchased here. 23 Walton Street, London SW3 2HX - Tel: +44 020 7589 3795
Eximious of London--Supplier of her nylon garment bags. Their mail-order catalog also includes luggage and travel accessories, beautiful objets d'art for the home, ladies' and men's fashion accessories, jewelry, items for the garden and for children, gourmet foods, and six pages of limoges boxes.
--Princess Diana bought her tights (panty hoose) here: the company makes
them in 82 colors and you can buy 60 of their most popular products online.
3A Sloane Street, London
Tel: +44 020 7235 3115
Trading Company --The usual stop for household goods among the
Sloane Rangers newlywed set; both Princess Diana and the Duchess of York
had their bridal registry here. (In earlier editions of this page I had
said it was at Peter Jones, but I have since run across two sources which
state it was this store, so I am correcting it.) According to Ralph Martin's
Charles and Diana (1985), some of the 300 items on the registry
included "fireplace bellows, two dozen champagne glasses, a dark green
tablecloth, Royal Worcester china, a chicken fryer, two shocking pink lamps,
two large beehive honey pots, a pair of Crown Staffordshire white cockatoos,
a spice rack, six pairs of quilted table mats, a small George III mahogany
throatier what-not, two sun loungers with cushions, and a croquet set".
(Pp. 171-172) 2 Symons Street, Sloane Square, London
SW3 2TJ Tel: +44 020 7730 0411
Gottex-- manufacturer of swimsuits and matching sarongs, towels and wraps. Richard Kay's book Diana: the Untold Story contains a charming anecdote from the owner of the firm, who flew from Israel to London when her branch there informed her that Princess Diana had made an appointment to come to the shop, where she purchased several suits including the leopard-print suit which she wore on the cruise with Dodi.
store from which she bought silk waistcoats to wear with her tuxedos.
137 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9AY Tel: +44 020 7730 3331
Days --Princess Diana had an extensive collection of their copper
enamel boxes and owned some of their carriage clocks. She liked to give
the boxes as gifts, and when married to Prince Charles, they commissioned
small editions of the boxes to give on royal tours. She also
commissioned boxes to be given on her own tours, as evidenced by seven which were sold by the Cheffins Auction House on March 19, 2003, from a collection of royal memorabilia that were part of the estate of a royal servant. The listing is as follows: "H.R.H. The Princess of Wales. Seven Halcyon Days enamel gift boxes, 6 with printed inscription inside lid “Presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales”, commemorating tours to Nepal, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Tokyo, Hungary, and Lille and Paris, all in original blue box with crowned “D” monogram on upper cover; and one gift box with printed inscription inside lid “A Royal Fashion Gala, The Ritz, Madrid 22nd April 1987”, 3cm, all in original blue boxes decorated with The Prince of Wales's feathers (7)." The sale price was 2,100 pounds.
Harrods --One of her favorite department stores,, whhich is now open for online shopping.
It contains a wide variety of goods, including non perishables from the Food Halls, and
other features include greetings from Mohammed Al-Fayed, a map of the store, little stories
about its history, and services such as banqueting, food, wedding and shopping advice.
The store is also the only department store with a branch at sea on Cunard's liner Queen
Elizabeth II. 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1 - Tel: +44 020 7730 1234
other major department store in London, which has been reported to be Princess
Diana's favorite store. The web site offers both Flash and HTML versions,
but is only a "glimpse" of the store. Potential customers are advised to
go to the store itself.
109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1 - Tel: +44 020 7235 5000
Hobbs Limited --Founder Marilyn Anselm designs all the clothes and shoes sold here. Princess Diana visited the branch at 47 South Molton Street during their 1982 winter sale and bought three pairs of boots. (The Royal Shopping Guide, p. 99.) No online shopping is available yet, for the site only allows you to apply for a job at the store, find a list of all the stores, or contact customer service.
Boots -- makers of the green Wellington boots worn by Diana in those
pictures of her at Balmoral where she is wearing the brown velvet pants
and colorful Peruvian sweater from Inca.
(The only other picture I have seen of her wearing wellies was taken about ten years later when she was walking on a beach near Sandringham in mid-winter and so bundled up as to be almost unrecognizable.) I have no idea where she might have bought them, but they are stocked by many stores in the UK, including The Welly Shop, whose owner first asked me if I could find out what brand she wore on behalf of an American customer.
Reger --Much of her lingerie was purchased here. The site now gives
information about the company, displays selected items from their luxury,
impulse, and cashmere collections, as well as giving directions on how
to care for it . 2 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NG Tel: +44 020
Jantzen --Swim wear company where she bought some off her swimsuits in the early 90s, including an ocelot print one that became very fashionable.
Jasper Conran --designer. 6 Burnsall Street SW3 3ST Tel: +44 020 7352 3572
Jimmy Choo --maker of the glamorous high heels she wore during the last couple years of her life. 50 Motcomb St., London, SW1 - Tel: +44 020 7235 0242
Kiki McDonough --A late 1980s Royalty Magazine story about Diana's and Sarah's jewelry mentioned this shop, which offers 27 pages of their wares online as well as through their catalog, which you can also request there. Prices range from below 100 pounds for sterling silver trinkets like tape measures, yo-yos and penknives to almost 12,000 pounds for a string of South Sea pearls with a diamond ball clasp. There are also cufflinks and shirt studs for men.
Jean Machine -- Diana bought a 15.95 pair of blue jeans at their King's Road store during the engagement, the shop photocopied the check and placed it in the window. This web site is for the Canadian and US branches of the store. (Note: if you don't already have shockwave on your computer, the site will direct your computer to the site to get the plug-in before you can view it.)
Laura Ashley Limited -- It was widely reported that Lady Diana Spencer wore their clothes before she was married. What is not so well known is that their fabrics were also used in the interior decoration of her homes. "Two small, round cushions were seen on the pink sofa in the otherwise classical room at Kensington Palace when The Prince and Princess of Wales held a photo call for the then nine-month-old Prince William on the eve of their Australian tour. The two cushions were covered in a plum-coloured Wild Cherry Laura Ashley print and piped in plum with a ruffled edge." (The Royal Shopping Guide, p. 26.)
Margaret Howell --designer of both women's and men's fashions. She made the brown corduroy trousers that Diana wore at Balmoral with the Inca sweater and the green Hunter Wellington boots. "The white tuxedo, black trousers, white silk shirt and bow tie that The Princess of Wales wore to a Genesis concert in March 1984 was one of her designs." (The Royal Shopping Guide, p. 82.) 34 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2RS Tel: + 44 207 009 9009
and Spencer --Their food hall was a source for muffins, as well
as white bread for the bacon sandwiches she loved. This site has an excellent
page for assisting with wine selection.
113 Kensington High Street, W8 5SQ Tel: +44 020 7938 3711
Nicky Clarke -- Another London hairdresser occasionally used by Princess Diana. Bookings can be made online, but a haircut costs 45 pounds. 130 Mount Street, Mayfair Tel: +44 020 7491 4700
Nordica --This ski wear company made Princess Diana''s ski boots. It has a series of questions to about level of experience, terrain, speed, and other factors to help you select the right boots for you. It works better on Explorer than it does on Netscape.
Peter Jones --Store for household goods. The store has also issued its own royal commemoratives over the years which are very beautiful and make excellent additions to any royal memorabilia collection. Sloane Square, London SW1 W8EL - Tel: +44 020 7730 3434
a Terre --Women's
shoes and boots. You can view their latest collection and get information
on store locations, foot and shoe care, and hosiery. Online shopping will
be available "soon", and if you register at the site, they will notify
you when it commences. 31 Old Bond Street, London W9
Tel: +44 020 7629 0686
Repossi --The jeweler which provided the ring which Dodi intended to give her. They finally have a site with the history of their store, photos of their clients (including Diana), and some items from their collections. Before entering the store, you can choose the language of the text. They hold a warrant from the Royal Family of Monaco.
Rigby & Peller --Custom-fitted lingerie at a site which carries royal warrants from both the Queen and the Queen Mother! You can also register for news of special events, promotions, etc.
Sainsbury's --Princess Diana could frequently be seen whheeling her own cart around to purchase food for the boys such as cookies, cakes, and cereal. A Safeway located near Kensington Palace was also used for quick trips to the grocery.
Theo Fennell --Costume and fine jewelry. You can buy anything on their site online, but some items are so expensive that you must call to find out availability. Among the cheapest items I saw were a gold chain priced at 160 pounds and a platinum ankle chain for 480 pounds, while other pieces were over 10,000 pounds.
Turnbull and Asser --Store where she bought shirts for herself at 55 pounds each after Charles grew tired of her taking his shirts. She also bought shirts for James Hewitt here. Online shopping is now available, and you can register at their site for news. The site displays the Prince of Wales' warrant. 71 & 72 Jermyn Street, St. James, London SW1Y 6PF Tel: +44 020 7808 3000
--A branch near the palace was a convenient place for getting videos and
light novels. Pictures and an account of her shopping here can be found
on pages 143-145 in Dicing with Di.
132-136 Kensington High Street, London W8 7RP Tel: +44 020 7937 0236
Saint Laurent --Before her separation from Charles, the clothes
of foreign designers were worn only on private occasions or on trips to
the designer's country, since she felt obligated to wear the clothes of
British designers on domestic official events. 137 New Bond Street,
Tel: +44 020 7235 6706
Rhodes --One of this British designer's gowns was sold at the Christie's
auction of Princess Diana's dresses, and she wrote the introduction to
the book Diana, Queen of Style. Her site includes a link to the
the Fashion and Textile Museum, which just opened in London in May, 2003,
which concentrates on the work on British fashion since 1950 and contains
3,000 of her own designs. 79-85 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
- Tel: +44 020 7403 5333/b>