ROYAL TEA SOCIETY
A tribute to Princess Diana on what would have been her 50th Birthday Celebration.
The guests were elegant, interesting and loved their tea and sweets.
Our special guest speaker was Joan Greene who is hailed as one of the top doll designers in the world.
With her as our speaker we knew it would be a special treat to listen to the process she worked through in designing the official Ashton Drake Princess Diana Doll.
Her story was an emotional one as she described her private tour of Princess Diana gowns.
After the collection was purchased from a private buyer at Christies Auction House they were tucked away on life size mannequins in a vault for private viewing only by invitation from the new owner.
When Joan toured the vault and saw the gowns on the life size mannequins she was brought to tears when she stood in front of one of the velvet gowns and could still smell the perfume of Diana on the dress and saw a stain on the velvet of a toddlers hand.
We could only imagine this was from one of the many photos we had all seen over the years of baby Prince William straddled on Princess Dianas hip.
It seems that before she was leaving for a public engagement she would pick up her child and kiss Prince William good-bye.
After talking to the owner of the collection it was apparent that on this occasion Prince William had been into the chocolate box and left his mark on the gown his mother was wearing.
After meeting Joan, sipping Hibiscus tea and enjoying the gourmet sweets we were treated to a private tour of the Princess Diana Miniature Dress Museum.
Every gown in the collection was displayed in miniature with so much attention to detail it was inspiring as to the patience craftsmen who work with miniatures have in their artistic and realistic abilities.
A wonderful day had by all thanks to the Royal Tea Society.