Sold as part of a trio of frocks for a colossal £260,000, the blue and white striped outfit was created by the royal’s wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
Diana, who was 25 at the time, enlisted the husband and wife duo to make four demure ensembles for her tour – including the silk number worn in Bahrain in November 1986.
The dress – along with two more of Diana’s – was sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on Monday.
A designer dress worn by Princess Diana during her visit to the Gulf states in 1986 (pictured) alongside her then-husband Prince Charles has fetched £106,000 at auction
Sold as part of a trio of frocks for a colossal £260,000, the blue and white striped outfit (pictured) was created by the royal’s wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel
A Catherine Walker printed peach, silk, polka dot coat dress, favoured by the Princess of Wales throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, was also included in the sale and fetched almost £93,000.
While a Jasper Conran, brushed red wool suit – worn by the fashionista when she officially named the cruise liner Royal Princess in November 1984 – went for £62,500.
The dresses were tipped to sell for a combined £90,000 but astonishingly, achieved almost three times the estimate.
Princess Diana’s Jasper Conran, brushed red wool suit – which she wore on several occasions including when visiting a police station in Gloucestershire (pictured), in 1985 – was also sold
The dress (pictured) – also worn by the fashionista when she officially named the cruise liner Royal Princess in November 1984 – went for £62,500
Two elegant gowns paraded around by Sarah Ferguson for the much-derided version of It’s a Royal Knockout in 1987 were also sold.
Made by Shirley Davis, the medieval costumes proved an unlikely hit, selling for £1,750, over five times their £300 estimate.
The sale also featured a pair of Smith & Co Liberty printed silk dresses worn by a young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in 1935 which fetched £32,500.
They were originally keepsakes of the Royal nanny Clara Knight who worked in the Royal household from Elizabeth’s birth in 1926.
A Catherine Walker printed peach, silk, polka dot coat dress (pictured right), favoured by the Princess of Wales (pictured left, at the President of Turkey’s state visit to Britain in 1988) throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s was also included in the sale
The dresses were consigned for sale from various different Royal collectors, with the three Diana outfits coming from the same source.
Kerry Taylor, of Kerry Taylor Auctions, said: ‘Diana’s day wear is much rarer than her evening wear which she auctioned a huge tranche off in the late 1990s.
‘Day wear dresses she wore for more formal functions she either gave to friends or charity shops, so they have mostly disappeared.
‘These were very well documented outfits and one of a kind as they were made specifically for her.
Two elegant gowns paraded around by Sarah Ferguson (pictured far-left) for the much-derided version of It’s a Royal Knockout in 1987 were also sold
Made by Shirley Davis, the medieval costumes (pictured) proved an unlikely hit, selling for £1,750, over five times their £300 estimate
‘We were astonished by some of the prices achieved in the auction and are very pleased, as are the vendors.’
She continued: ‘Very few items worn by members of the Royal family – with the exception of Princess Diana – ever come onto the open market.
‘Unlike nanny Clara Knight, nowadays the Royal nanny doesn’t get to keep the clothes once they have been outgrown, as they are often reused.
‘Modern Royal children still wear traditional classics – not too dissimilar to those worn in the 1930s-50s with Peter Pan collars, smocking and floral prints for the girls.
‘Princes George and Louis were recently photographed wearing outfits originally worn by Prince Harry as a toddler in the 1980s, for example.’