I don’t know if I can think of a more perfect picture of elegance and grace than Princess Diana.
not to mention her 51st birthday would have been July 1st
and the 16th anniversary of her death on August 31st,
I’ve been reminded of just how much I love the Princess of Wales.
She was timeless.
“She was a naturally beautiful woman inside and out and a lady of great warmth, humility and compassion.” // Jimmy Choo
With effortless style.
“The fashion world takes itself so seriously, but I saw Diana as above all that.” // Catherine Walker
And a beautiful soul.
“I’d like people to think of me as someone who cares about them.” // Diana
She fell in love with the Prince of Wales.
Taken the day after Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana Frances Spencer.
Does this image look familiar?
How about now?
What about these?
She married Prince Charles at the early age of 20…
While wearing the longest veil in Royal Wedding history made of 3 different fabrics.
Honeymooners — she was so beautiful.
This is one of my most favorite pictures I’ve ever seen of her.
Taken in Australia in 1983 when Diana accompanied Charles on a tour of Australia + New Zealand along with the newborn Prince William.
“I have a woman’s instinct and it’s always a good one.” // Diana
She wasn’t perfect — but she was great.
She had so much thrown at her so early in life.
And so much life left to live when hers was so abruptly ended.
//tell me she doesn’t resemble like Blake Lively in the above picture//
She was genuine.
And not your typical Royal.
Above: wearing a necklace, given to her by the Queen as a wedding gift, in the form of a headband
with a one-shouldered dress to a movie premier.
I imagine Queen Elizabeth pictured the jewel encrusted piece being worn in a more conventional style.
Some of my favorites:
Prince Charles + Princess Diana + First Lady Nancy Reagan + POTUS Ronald Reagan
I love both Lady Di’s & the First Lady’s gowns in this picture — two legendary women.
The Princess took to the White House’s dance floor with John Travolta that night.
This navy Victor Edelstein dress is now known as the “Travolta Dress.”
“She was undoubtedly one of the best ambassadors of Great Britain.” // Nelson Mandela
Quite the compliment.
A Royal in purple…imagine that.
& to contrast all of the gowns:
Out at the polo fields,
just to show that “she could do what she wanted.”
Leopard + Wayfarers — I don’t find it a coincidence that these are still staples today.
Just ask J.Crew…
I don’t think her boys ever had to wonder if she loved them. What an incredible mother.
“Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.” // Diana
Diana + Harry peep around a corner while hiding from the paparazzi.
She put so much effort into keeping her children’s lives as normal and private as possible;
all the while helping them find their role as members of the Royal Family.
She was The People’s Princess.
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” // Diana
A humanitarian with a heart for those in need.
“HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug; Heaven knows they need it.” // Diana
“I don’t rule by the book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” // Diana
She will always hold a place in hearts + her memory will live on.
“When you are happy, you can forgive a great deal.” // Diana
Vanity Fair: 1997
by: Mario Testino
(three images above)
Just a little FYI: Diana is covering the September issue of Vanity Fair — picked it up last night!!
The issue hit stands this week! Go. Pick. It. Up.
“She was a remarkable woman. She was complicated, strong, intelligent and vulnerable.” //Naomi Watts
p.s. my apologies for such a long post, but it’s hard to fit such a life in a little blog.