In honor of Princess Diana’s birthday, FN looks back at some of her most classic looks. Diana, known as the “people’s princess,” died in a car crash in Paris nearly 18 years ago. The global icon, who would have been 55 today, left behind a legacy of compassion, charity work and fearless style, during a time when all eyes were on her.
She was also known as the most photographed woman in the world, and according to a longtime Hunter employee, Princess Diana single-handedly increased the boot company’s business with just one picture after she was photographed in the original green wellies in 1981 at the Balmoral estate with Prince Charles.
In what seems to be a nod to Prince Williams’ mother, Kensington Palace announced that Mario Testino, who famously snapped Princess Diana for Vanity Fair shortly before her death, will capture Princess Charlotte’s royal christening. Testino also photographed the official engagement photo for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Princess Diana’s now daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, has become her own fashion icon as part of the royal family. Whether she steps out in Stuart Weitzman pumps or L.K. Bennett sandals, her styles almost immediately sell out. Princess Diana had a similar effect. During her nuptials to Prince Charles, 750 million people tuned into the royal wedding, and since that day, she’s been a major style icon.
Her ivory wedding shoes, which have been on display in museums around the world, were made with 150 pearls, more than 500 sequins, a very slight heel and a heart-shaped appliqué on the toes. Designed by Clive Shilton, they also included a hand-painted motif of flowers, gold hearts and leaves on the soles.
Below is a selection of candid shots of the Princess, all highlighting her now iconic style.