The one area of Anne’s 1980s wardrobe which has dated is her eveningwear. For widely-photographed big state occasions, she pulled out the tiaras and the taffeta like the best of them. A red ruffle gown worn with long white gloves, in Paris in July 1980, is my personal favourite example. She looks incredible, and perfectly of the moment, granted, but you can’t help but wonder, was this outfit really representative of her personal taste?
“She does the tiara stuff beautifully,” Richard Ralph, former governor of the Falkland Islands, once observed, ‘but she’s happiest in jeans and a Barbour.’