Every time the Met Gala rolls around, it never seems to disappoint! Not only does the annual ball get more glamorous as the years go on, but the stars continue to show up in unbelievable ensembles. It isn’t just Hollywood’s favorite actors, singers and comedians who attend, though, as other public figures have stepped out at the event.
Princess Diana was one of several royal family members who have hit the red carpet at the high-end fashion outing, which is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and honorary chair Anna Wintour. In the past, Princess Beatrice, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and other royals have also paid a trip overseas to previous Met Galas in New York City.
The late Princess of Wales attended the ball in 1996, the same year her divorce was finalized from Prince Charles. Lady Diana looked more radiant than ever, showing up to the event in a beautiful navy slip dress with black lace trim from John Galliano‘s first couture collection for Dior.
Queen Elizabeth nor Duchess Kate (née Middleton) have yet to accept an invitation to the Big Apple ball, but other royal attendees include Queen Rania of Jordan, Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. It’s unclear if any monarchy members will be in attendance at this year’s gala, taking place on September 13, but the 2021 event would be the perfect place for the royals to tap into their fashion creativity.
The theme of the Met Gala is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which focuses on U.S.A-made clothing and was inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and “social justice movements,” as Andrew Bolton told Vogue in April 2021.
“I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective,” shared Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in charge of the Costume Institute. “I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance.”
In honor of the annual Met Gala, scroll through the gallery below to see photos of Diana and more royals who have attended in the past!
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