An exquisite collection of Royal dresses which belonged to the Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana is set to go on auction for as much as £3,000 a piece.
The outfits which span seven decades include understated dresses worn by Elizabeth and Margaret in their early years which would not look out of place on young Princess Charlotte today.
The sale also features exotic dresses worn by the Queen’s sister in the 1960s and 1970s, notably several ensembles made by famous French designer Christian Dior.
And there is a selection of fashion sketches of iconic Diana dresses by Victor Edelstein as well as a letter of thanks to him.
Elizabeth and Margaret’s childhood clothes were gifted to the Royal nanny Clara Knight who looked after them both and many of these feature in the sale.
A selection of exquisite royal dresses worn by Princess Diana, Margaret and the Queen are set to go on auction next month
The marquee lot in the sale is a pink silk coat worn by Elizabeth as a baby in 1927 which is valued at £3,000.
A pair of matching Liberty print floral cotton dresses worn by Elizabeth and Margaret around 1936 also carry an estimate of £3,000.
A pair of knitted wool nightdresses belonging to Elizabeth and Margaret in 1935 are tipped to sell for £1,500, while matching knitted sweaters from 1932 are valued at £600.
Maragaret’s bright ensembles are set to go on sale including a Drsicoll silk kaftan from 1965 (left) and an orange wool dress worn to the Opera Sadlers wells in 1971
Owner Kerry Taylor says Margaret’s dresses really show her glamorous and rebellious side, with the African prints and the kaftans which became a signature look
The sale also boasts 10 dresses and other accessories Margaret gave her Italian maid Maria Roattino who worked for her for several decades.
Margaret was known for her adventurous sartorial choices and regularly broke the Royal protocol of the time by wearing outfits which were not British.
She was particularly fond of kaftans which could be worn with ease at a gala dinner on the island of Mustique where she loved to holiday.
Margaret’s evening dress, which was fashioned by Thea Porter in 1978, is valued at £2,500.
A pair of matching Liberty print floral cotton dresses worn by Elizabeth and Margaret around 1936 also carry an estimate of £3,000
The two young princesses (pictured in February 1939) were often dressed in identical outfits
A bright orange Japanese style dress she wore in 1971 is tipped to sell for £1,000.
Her psychedelic palazzo pants jumpsuit from her late 1960s wardrobe carries an estimate of £600.
A silk kaftan dress from the same period is expected to fetch £600.
Her traditionally embroidered Filipino evening gown dating from 1980 is set to sell for £600.
A Catherine Walker blue-grey cocktail dress (right) which is similar to the one worn by Diana to a gala preview for her dress auction at Kensington Palace (left) is tipped to sell for £3,000
The marquee lot in the sale is a pink silk coat worn by Elizabeth as a baby in 1927 which is valued at £3,000
Royal Nanny Clara Knight with Queen Elizabeth wearing the pink silk baby coat from 1927
A pair of knitted wool nightdresses belonging to Elizabeth and Margaret in 1935 are tipped to sell for £1,500
Margaret’s 1970 Christian Dior cocktail dress is valued at £1,000, while her silk personalised Christian Dior scarf carries an estimate of £600.
Margaret made regular visits to Dior in Paris and also attended Dior fashion shows at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxon, in 1952, 1954 and 1958.
They had a mutual admiration and he described her as a ‘real fairy-tale princess, delicate, graceful and exquisite’.
There are seven sketches of Diana dresses by Edelstein in the collection.
They include a sketch of Diana’s ivory and gold Hurel beaded satin ball gown dated Autumn 1988, which is valued at £600.
A Catherine Walker blue-grey Taroni silk cocktail dress which is similar to the one worn by Diana to a gala preview for her dress auction at Kensignton Palace in London on June 2, 1997, is tipped to sell for £3,000.
The original dress Diana wore for the event held months before her death would cost £100,000.
The collection, which has an overall estimate of £25,000, will be sold in individual lots by London-based Kerry Taylor auctions.
Princess Margaret’s 1960’s Psychedelic palazzo jumpsuit (left) is estimated to fetch £600 while her 1970 Christian Dior silk cocktail dress is marked at £1,000
Margaret’s Christian Dior dress worn to open the 1975 Ideal Home Exhibition is likely to sell for around £600
Her exquisite 1978 Thea Porter chiffon evening dress is predicted to fetch £2,500
Owner Kerry Taylor said: ‘It is interesting to see royalty through the generations.
‘When you look at the little dresses of the Queen and Princess Margaret and compare them to what Princess Charlotte wears today, they are not too dissimilar.
‘Charlotte has her little dresses and Prince George has his Peter Pan collars. It is sweet how the Royal tradition has carried on.
‘I think Margaret’s dresses really show her glamorous and rebellious side, with the African prints and the kaftans which became a signature look.
A hand written thank you note sent by Princess Diana to Victor Edelstein in February 1993 will also go under the hammer
Victor Edelstein’s designs sent for approval to Princess Diana in 1986 will also feature in the sale
The sketches from one of her favourite designers, were sent to her ahead of their production
‘After the sartorial restraint of her childhood, and the privations and restrictions of the war, she was keen to explore the world of fashion which included romantic creations by Christian Dior.
‘It was against Royal protocol at the time to wear fashions that were not made in Britain or by British designers, but she broke this rule straight away, choosing to wear a beautiful Dior white ballgown for her 21st birthday.
‘These are unique, rare and historically important royalty related pieces.’
The auction takes place on June 18.