Diana's second wedding dress revealed

Sarah Carty

Princess Diana’s dress may have been the talk of the world when she walked down at the aisle on her wedding day.

But it turns out things could have been a lot different in 1981, because Diana had another dress on standby acting as a back-up dress on the day.

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The Princess had a dress hidden away from prying eyes, just in case her actual wedding gown was leaked to the press before the day.

Princess Diana had a second back-up dress on her wedding day to Prince Charles. Photo: Getty Images
It was created in case her actual dress design was leaked to the press. Photo: Getty Images
This is a sketch of Diana's back-up gown. Photo: REX USA

“It was only three-quarters finished — we simply didn’t have time to make it in its entirety, so none of the embroidery or finishing touches were done,” Elizabeth Emanuel of Elizabeth and David Emanuel designs told The Daily Mail.

However rather astonishingly, the dress has vanished and nobody knows where it is.

“It was hanging up in the studio for a long time, and then it disappeared. I don’t know if we sold it or put it into storage.”

The deisnger said it was for their “own piece of mind” that they created another dress for Diana to wear, just in case something went wrong at the last minute.

Elizabeth says she’s hopefully that they’ll find it some day, but for now, all we have to go by are her sketches of the gown.

Diana and Charles were married in a lavish ceremony in 1981. Photo: Getty Images
There was also a replica made of Diana's dress which is now in Madame Tussauds. Photo: Getty Images

The gown had the same ruffles around the neck as the one Diana ended up wearing, however it had embroidery down the front and on the train.

There was also a replica dress of Diana’s gown made, which was donated to Madame Tussauds.

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