12 Times Princess Diana Turned Royal Dressing into an Art

To mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, we look at 12 of her memorable looks, including what she wore on a visit to the Gulf States.

It’s been 20 years since Diana, Princess of Wales, died after that heartbreaking car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris, but she continues to reign in the minds and hearts of millions across the globe. As one of most revered members of the British royal family and the most photographed woman in the world, she became aware of the power her wardrobe choices gave her. And Diana cleverly used her status as one of the world’s most iconic fashion figures to send key messages, whether she was representing her country or on one of her philanthropic missions.

From Shy Di to smart power suits and more relaxed looks, have a scroll through to see how she blossomed during her time in the public spotlight. 

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After officially announcing their engagement, a fresh-faced Lady Diana Spencer stood beside Prince Charles in a sapphire-hued suit. It was a perfect match for that stunning engagement ring.

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Not one of her most famous looks, but even before her wedding, Diana started fashion trends. This picture of her wearing wellington boots with a striped novelty jumper in Scotland inspired women across the planet to make room in their closets for some utilitarian footwear.

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During the first part of her honeymoon and the beginning of her venture into becoming one of the world’s biggest fashion icons, Diana put a stamp on the timeless appeal of florals.

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While hanging out with Nancy Regan, one of the chicest first ladies America has been blessed with, England’s own style star had to pull out all the stops. The added touches of burgundy are just perfect for the white suit.

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Attending a military parade warrants some ceremonial dressing. Diana goes all the way in this 80s white and gold suit. Isn’t the simple yet striking hat the icing on the cake?

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Diana looked effortlessly cool as she walked the grounds of the Guards Polo Club. All she needed was jeans, cowboy boots, a sweatshirt and a blazer to make an impression.

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Having to dress demurely during a tour of the Gulf States didn’t dampen the blue-eyed beauty’s sense of style. Note to keep in mind: flaunt some millinery chic when combining red and pink.

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In Abu Dhabi Diana demonstrated the power of colour blocking and what a fresh mix white and blue makes while wearing this Catherine Walker suit. What’s more, the Philip Somerville turban hat with standout arrows lends some serious style inspiration for any woman who prefers to cover her hair.

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The ever-stylish Princess of Wales chose this eye-catching white and green outfit for her arrival to Madrid. Diana, who often recycled outfits, was kicking off a royal tour of Spain.

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A newly separated Diana wore this merry hot pink wool frock coat, along with a matching skirt and hat, to the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle. The pearl necklace and navy accessories polished off the look perfectly.

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After her separation, Diana wasn’t required to wear British designers, giving her the opportunity to don outfits like this Jackie O-inspired one by Gianni Versace. Her pillbox hat, however, was by English milliner Philip Somerville.

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During the same year of her untimely death, Diana, Princess of Wales, as she was officially known after her divorce, visited patients at an Angola orthopedic hospital. While doing what she did best, touching people’s hearts, she wore a classic sleeveless chambray shirt and trim chinos.

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