Emma Corrin recreates Princess Diana's 1989 trip to New York City

The Crown season four: Emma Corrin emulates Princess Diana as she recreates the royal’s 1989 trip to New York City (but films in Manchester!)… as she dons a replica of the Victor Edelstein gown she wore to the Brooklyn Academy of Music gala in her honour

  • Diana, Princess of Wales visited New York in 1989, where a charity gala was held in her honour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 3
  • She stunned in a champagne dress with golden beaded detailing by Victor Edelstein, which was replicated for the scenes actress Emma wore for The Crown season four on Sunday night
  • The scenes were shot in Manchester, England, rather than the real New York, with the streets dressed to resemble Brooklyn, where the Academy hosted a Welsh National Opera performance of Falstaff
  • The New York Times wrote of the evening at the time: ‘The royal box was bedecked with swags of purple and red satin and greenery and the guests played musical chairs… with five taking turns sitting next to the princess while nine others rotated around the box’
  • The Crown scenes saw Emma arriving at the event and waving to the crowds outside, swarmed by security and photographers, without Josh O’Connor who plays her on-screen husband Prince Charles 

While Queen Elizabeth II actress Olivia Colman hit Hollywood on Sunday night to present the Best Actor gong at the 92nd Academy Awards, her The Crown co-star Emma Corrin was busy shooting New York City scenes for the Netflix show’s fourth season.

But Emma remained on home turf to recreate the moment Princess Diana visited the Big Apple in 1989, as the scenes were shot on the streets of Manchester, dressed to replicate Brooklyn. 

Emma, 24, looked sensational in a champagne dress with golden beaded detailing – a replica of the Victor Edelstein gown the Princess Of Wales wore to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music on her visit on February 3 of that year.


Regal: The Crown star Emma Corrin [L] was busy shooting New York City scenes for the Netflix show’s fourth season on Sunday, emulating Princess Diana’s visit in the late 1980s [R]

The top of the gown featured a corset design and the satin skirt swept dramatically to the ground.

Emma’s blonde locks were styled slightly longer than when Diana – who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 – made the visit in 1989.

She sported the same delicate touches of make-up, however, and wore a pair of pearl drop earrings, as Diana did when she attended the Welsh National Opera Gala production of Falstaff.

The Crown scenes saw Emma arriving at the event and waving to the crowds outside, swarmed by security and photographers. 

On location: Emma remained on home turf to recreate the moment Princess Diana visited the Big Apple in 1989, as the scenes were shot on the streets of Manchester, dressed to replicate Brooklyn


Chic: Emma, 24, looked sensational in a champagne dress with golden beaded detailing [R] – a replica of the Victor Edelstein gown the Princess Of Wales wore to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music on her visit in 1989 [L]



Royal wave: Emma smiled and waved to the crowds in the streets as part of the scenes


Like for like: The top of the gown featured a corset design and the satin skirt swept dramatically to the ground

Meet and greet: Diana attended the Welsh National Opera Gala production of Falstaff during her visit to New York City

In the scenes, Diana seemed to be lapping up the attention, twirling around, waving and shooting kind smiles at the adoring public.

Prince Charles – who is played in The Crown currently by Josh O’Connor – was not present for the visit, but the pair were still married at the time. They did not split until 1992, and divorced in 1996.

The night at the opera was a charity gala held in Diana’s honour, which drew a black-tie crowd of 860 guests, among them scores of notable New Yorkers.

The princess sat in the royal box, which the New York Time wrote at the time ‘was bedecked with swags of purple and red satin and greenery’.


Emulating: Emma’s blonde locks were styled slightly longer than when Diana – who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 – made the visit in 1989. She sported the same delicate touches of make-up, however, and wore a pair of pearl drop earrings, as Diana did

Centre of attention: The Crown scenes saw Emma arriving at the event and waving to the crowds outside, swarmed by security and photographers

The guests in the box ‘played musical chairs… with five taking turns sitting next to the princess while nine others rotated around the box’ and the audience stood when the orchestra played God Save The Queen.   

The gala was a $1,000-a-ticket affair, which benefited the Brooklyn Academy, and saw luminaries from society, business, publishing and politics in attendance. Donald and then-wife Ivana Trump were in attendance.

It was reported at the time that, due to royal protocol requiring the audience to be seated prior to the arrival of the princess, many of the guests arrived at 5PM, paranoid about not getting to their seats before the curtain was due to go up at 6PM.

As the event took place, hundreds of protesters took to the streets outside. The crowd protested British rule in Northern Ireland. The demonstrators played bagpipes and chanted ‘Princess Di go home’.

The New York Times also reported: ‘During the opera’s intermissions, 200 corporate patrons were invited to one of two receptions and rewarded with a sip of champagne and a closer look at the Princess. Later, they were bombarded with questions from other guests.

”’Nothing much happened,” Mrs. Farkas said as she drifted out of the reception munching an almond. ”It was basically Princess Diana walking around, looking gorgeous and being welcomed.”’

Following the performance, Diana went to the World Financial Center for supper in the vaulted glass Winter Garden where she dined on mixed hors d’oeuvres, breast of capon and tricolored sherbet crowned with spun sugar.

Across the pond: Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II actress Olivia Colman hit Hollywood on Sunday night to present the Best Actor gong at the 92nd Academy Awards

The princess’ trip to NYC was a three-day stay, and on Saturday Emma had portrayed the moment the Princess of Wales visited the Henry Street Settlement.

In 1987, two years before Diana visited, Henry Street was designated the official provider of AIDS Mental Health Services for the Lower East Side by the Department of Mental Health.

After Diana’s night at the opera, she visited the pediatric AIDS unit at Harlem Hospital the next day, before flying home to London.

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