Countdown’s Rachel Riley wows in outfit inspired by Princess Diana in glam snap

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Rachel Riley was busy channelling her inner princess for Christmas Jumper Day, as she donned an outfit inspired by Princess Diana.

The Countdown beauty, who is reportedly locked in a feud with co-star Anne Robinson, was getting fully into the festive spirit as she posed beside her Christmas tree, already decked out with lights, baubles and tinsel.

Rachel tugged her brunette hair into a sleek ponytail which trailed over her shoulder, donning a pair of red-and-white striped candy-cane hoop earrings to commemorate the occasion.

The star’s scarlet lipstick and bright eyeshadow only added to her festive look, which really brought out the bright red in the jumper she wore.

The sweet knitwear featured rows upon rows of white reindeer, with a single black deer in the centre.

It clearly resembles the very sweater Princess Diana wore over a white blouse with black ties, which was decorated with sheep instead of reindeer.

The jumper was created by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir back in 1979, and Diana decided to wear it while attending various polo matches with her husband Prince Charles in the 80s and 90s.

The sweet garment came to be viewed as a symbol of Diana’s view of herself within the Royal Family – as the black sheep, the odd one out. It now resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Rachel explained the meaning behind her own Christmas jumper was even more poignant, as proceeds are donated to charity.

Captioning her cheeky selfie, Rachel wrote: "Happy #ChristmasJumperDay everyone!!! Just gave my £2 to @savechildrenuk for the pleasure of wearing this year’s festive number!

"And thanks to @notjustclothing for sending my funky Princess Diana inspired reindeer jumper. Another great brand whose new recycled knitted jumpers are made ethically and sustainably in the UK, with 50% of profits donated to charities supporting mental health and the environment."

However, not all of Rachel’s fans instantly recognised the jumper, as one confused fan penned: "Genuine question and not a criticism… how is it Princess Diana inspired?"

Thankfully, another one of the Countdown star’s loyal followers was there to help out, as they replied: “Google image search Princess Diana sheep jumper and you’ll see!”

Others simply wanted to show Rachel some love, as one penned: "Cracking pic!"

"You look absolutely stunning, hope you have a lovely Christmas!" someone else posted.

As a third fan followed up: "Great jumper, great cause!"

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  • Princess Diana
  • Rachel Riley
  • Countdown

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