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Princess Diana slid her hat off and donned a head scarf known as a "hijab" in observance of Islamic law while touring a Muslim community center.

The princess arrived Wednesday at the Husaini Shia Islamic Center in west London dressed in a red and black suit and matching red pillbox hat. She was told the hat would do as head covering when she visited the men's section, but she asked to borrow a head scarf instead.

She chose a tasseled black silk scarf owned by Farida Fazal. "The princess asked me what the scarf was called and said she would like to wear one," Fazal said. "I gave her a scarf I had and told her she could keep it."

Islamic law requires all women past puberty to cover their heads in the presence of men who are not close relatives.

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