On This Day in 1994: Diana in her 'revenge dress'

Twenty-five years ago, the Princess of Wales stepped out in her "revenge dress".

It was June 29 1994 and the night the Prince of Wales, in a television interview, admitted he had been unfaithful to Diana.

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The Princess of Wales in her little black Christina Stambolian dress in 1994 (Martin Keene/PA)

The same evening, Diana appeared at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park in what was dubbed her "revenge dress" – a figure-hugging, low-cut, off-the-shoulder little black dress, paired with a choker and pearl earrings.

Greek fashion designer Christina Stambolian revealed that the princess initially thought it was "too daring" and only opted for it at the last minute.

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The princess at the Serpentine Gallery (Martin Keene/PA)

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex's mother – who died in a car crash in 1997 – was at the star-studded gala dinner as patron of the gallery and joined guests including actress Joan Collins and American actor Steve Martin.

She breezed in, full of confidence in the summer sunshine, smiling broadly as she greeted guests.

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File photo dated 29/6/1994 of the Princess of Wales arriving at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park to attend a gala dinner as its patron. Twenty-five years ago, the Princess of Wales stepped out in her "revenge dress".
Diana and the Queen snapped in good spirits.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales rides in the passenger seat of a vintage Mercedes-Benz.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles at William's first day at Eton.
circa 1965: A young Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, 7th March 1981.
Prince Charles  and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales kissing his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage.
Princess Diana on her wedding day.
(FILE PHOTO) The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara.
A pregnant Princess of Wales joins the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, June 1982. The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy are among the group. 
(FILE PHOTO) The Princess of Wales attends a dinner held by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in Islamabad during her official visit to Pakistan, September 1991.
Princess Diana pictured in a tiara.

Diana looks deep in thought on her wedding day.

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Princess Diana in a stylish evening gown.
Princess Diana and Prince Philip at a polo match in Windsor on July 26th , 1987.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with Prince Harry on September 16, 1984.
Princess Diana with her sons William and Harry in 1995.
Princess Diana pictured in a stylish beret.
Princess Diana is snapped in India.
Princess Diana doing charity work.
Princess Diana holding Harry as a baby.
Princess Diana meeting members of the public.
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Princess Diana is seen holding hands with her two young sons William and Harry.
Princess Diana with William and Harry.
Diana with her sons in December 1995.
Diana pictured with Charles.

An adorable Prince William and Prince Harry can be seen standing beside their mother, Princess Diana, as a little girl gives flowers to the Queen Mother in 1991.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kissing Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, at a polo match.
Diana gets involved in a parents' day race.

Diana dazzles in a green frock.

Diana and Charles pictured at a glamorous evening event.
Diana and Charles pose for a formal picture.
Charles and Diana boarding a flight.
Charles and Diana as newlyweds.
Diana sporting a casual look.

Diana wears a tartan outfit to match Charles' kilt for a trip to Scotland.

A young Diana shows off sapphire sparkler.
Diana dazzles in white frock and tiara during trip to the Middle East.
Diana pictured with baby Harry.
Diana poses for pictures with members of the public during a walkabout.
Diana and Charles enjoy a family day out.
Diana pictured alongside a stern-faced Queen.
Diana pictured alongside Princess Anne.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, 20 million viewers watched as Charles, in Jonathan Dimbleby's documentary Charles, The Private Man, The Public Role, told of his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

He said he had been faithful to Diana "until (their relationship) became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried".

He continued: "Mrs Parker Bowles is a great friend of mine ... a friend for a very long time."

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Charles and Jonathan Dimbleby at Highgrove during the filming of the television documentary (PA)

The interview was aired just two days before Charles was due to mark the 25th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales.

The heir to the throne is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his investiture on Monday.

Diana and Charles separated in 1992, but finally divorced in 1996, a year before the princess was killed in a crash in Paris.

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