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Princess Diana Was the Ultimate Royal Style Icon

Princess Diana Was the Ultimate Royal Style Icon

Before Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, there was Princess Diana. Here, a look back at our favorite style moments from the late Princess.

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1969

Lady Diana Spencer wore an adorable red dress with a matching headband as a young girl in the '60s.

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1971

The future Princess of Wales wore a black wide-brimmed hat during a summer holiday in Itchenor, West Sussex.

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September 17, 1980

Lady Diana wore a sheer skirt with a purple sweater vest while working as a nursery school assistant at the Young England Kindergarten.

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December 1980

Lady Di wore a white cardigan with a blue collared shirt while outside her flat in Coleherne Court, London.

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February 24, 1981

A blue and white ensemble while in the gardens of Buckingham Palace announcing her engagement to the public.

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January 1, 1981

Diana in her iconic red wool black sheep sweater at a polo match.

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March 27, 1981

The Princess-to-be wore a navy-inspired look from Bellville Sassoon.

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May 6, 1981

The engaged couple posed for a photo at Balmoral, with Diana wearing a particularly colorful sweater and a pair of rain boots.

More: Princess Diana's Top 10 Statement Sweaters

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May 9, 1981

Lady Diana Spencer in a deep green colored blouse while on a walkabout at Broadlands, the former home of Earl Mountbatten, during her engagement.

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July 12, 1981

Diana wore light yellow overalls while attending a polo match at Windsor Great Park.

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July 29, 1981

Princess Diana wore a stunning gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel on her wedding day at St Paul's Cathedral.

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November 4, 1981

Princess Diana wore a sheer purple gown while at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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December 11, 1981

Diana in a blue velvet dress while attending the National Film Institute dinner.

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March 1982

Diana wore a red David Sassoon maternity dress at Barbican Centre in March of 1982.

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April 1982

For a visit to Liverpool, the Princess paired a Bellville Sassoon maternity coat with a hat by John Boyd.

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June 4, 1982

Diana in a loosely fitted pink dress at Polo in Windsor.

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September 4, 1982

Princess Diana wore a festive plaid ensemble while at the Braemar Games Highland Gathering in Scotland.

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December 8, 1982

Princess Diana at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital wearing an outfit by Donald Campbell.

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December 8, 1982

Princess Diana arrived in a sparkly red dress at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to watch the ballet.

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October 26, 1982

Princess Diana attended a charity concert at the Barbican in a green gown by Graham Wren which she accessorized with an emerald and diamond choker.

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November 9, 1982

Diana at the Guildhall in London wearing a patterned blue Bruce Oldfield design.

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March 1983

Diana wore a stylish yellow dress to visit a school in Alice Springs during her and Prince Charles's royal tour of Australia.

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March 25, 1983

Diana wore a striped dress while visiting victims of bushfires during the royal tour of Australia.

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April 18, 1983

Princess Diana arrived with Prince Charles in a light purple dress to watch a performance of Coppelia at St. James Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand.

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June 14, 1983

Princess Diana wore a sheer skirt designed by Jasper Conran during an official visit in Ottawa, Canada.

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June 15, 1983

Princess Diana in a white dress by Gina Fratini while attending a banquet during her official tour of Canada.

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June 18, 1983

Diana wore a pale blue evening dress accessorized with a silver belt, clutch, and the Spencer Tiara while at a dinner in New Brunswick.

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June 28, 1983

Princess Diana wore a blue and yellow dress with a matching feathered hat while on a walkabout in Canada with Prince Charles.

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June 29, 1983

Princess Diana dressed in a traditional Klondike outfit for a barbecue at Fort Edmonton in Canada.

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June 1983

Princess Diana wore a glamorous red dress while attending a farewell banquet with Prince Charles in Edmonton, Canada.

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August 9, 1983

Princess Diana in a white and black patterned shirt while watching a polo match in Cirencester.

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May 14, 1984

While Princess Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry, she wore this "empire line" maternity dress with the Spencer Tiara while attending an event at the Royal Academy.

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June 11, 1984

Diana wore a pale blue Catherine Walker gown while attending the film premiere of Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom in Leicester Square just weeks before Prince Harry's birth.

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November 08, 1984

Diana arrived for a visit to the Barnados Children's Charity wearing a herringbone coat complete with a velvet collar and bow tie.

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December 1984

Princess Diana looked posh in light pink while making an appearance at the musical Starlight Express.

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April 28, 1985

Diana wore another Catherine Walker dress paired with a Freddie Fox hat during a visit to the Anzio cemetery in Anzio, Italy.

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April 29, 1985

Princess Diana sported a striking hot pink ensemble during a visit to Rome, Italy.

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April or May 1985

She looked chic in a white ensemble and classy bow tie while visiting Italy with Prince Charles.

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June 15, 1985

Princess Diana chose a shiny long sleeved gown to wear to the film premiere of A View To a Kill at Odeon Leicester Square.

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July 1985

Diana stepped out in a lace pink dress while attending the Torvill and Dean ice show in Britain.

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August 16, 1985

Princess Diana looked rather poised in plaid while leaving the Royal Yacht Britannia with Prince William.

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October 19, 1985

Princess Diana opted for an athletic look while visiting the Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Hampshire Regiment in West Berlin, Germany.

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October 28, 1985

Diana donned a red Bruce Oldfield gown for an event at the National Galley in Melbourne.

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November 4, 1985

The Princess of Wales wore a perfectly purple suit by fashion designer Bruce Oldfield while attending a rock concert in Melbourne, Australia.

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November 11, 1985

The Princess of Wales looked flawless in a crystal-beaded silk chiffon gown by Japanese designer Hachi while making an appearance at a gala dinner at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

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March 5, 1986

Princess Diana wore an embroidered purple outfit with a matching hat during a visit to Hull.

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May 5, 1986

Princess Diana chose a blue and black evening dress designed by Jacques Azagury while attending a performance by the Vancouver Symphony in Vancouver, Canada.

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August 15, 1986

Diana wore a cheerful sweater and sleek looking skirt while arriving at the Aberdeen Airport with a young Prince Harry.

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October 1986

Princess Diana looked regal in a purple gown while attending an event at Fishmongers Hall.

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November 1986

Princess Diana chose a simple purple and white ensemble while departing from Saudi Arabia.

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February 4, 1987

Princess Diana wore a black evening skirt, an orange jacket, and a black bow tie during an official visit to Lisbon, Portugal.

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April 1987

The Princess of Wales wore a suit by Catherine Walker and a hat by Graham Smith of Kangol during a visit to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey.

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April 1987

Diana wore a blue and white outfit designed by Rifat Ozbek while attending a fashion show in Madrid, Spain.

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May 15, 1987

Princess Diana looked glamorous in a light blue gown while attending the Cannes Film Festival in France.

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June 1987

The Princess of Wales wore a bold yellow print while attending an Ascot race meeting with the Duchess of York.

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June 1987

Diana looked gorgeous in a white and gold dress while attending the world premiere of the James Bond Film The Living Daylights in London.

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November 4, 1987

Princess Diana wore a purple dress while attending an event at the Munich Opera House with Prince Charles.

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January 1988

The Princess of Wales wore a yellow Paul Costelloe dress while meeting lifeguards at Terrigal Beach during her visit to Australia.

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January 27, 1988

Diana chose a patterned Catherine Walker dress while attending a bicentennial dinner-dance during her royal tour of Australia.

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January 1988

The Princess of Wales wore a red suit and tights with a decorative bow at the ankle during a visit to parliament in Camberra.

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February 1988

Diana accessorized with floral details and purple eyeshadow while on an official visit to Bangkok, Thailand.

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February 5, 1988

Princess Diana wore a white pencil skirt with a patterned blouse and white sunglasses while in Bangkok with Prince Charles.

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1988

Princess Diana wore a black lace dress with matching shoes and a long pearl necklace.

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November 1988

The Princess of Wales wore a cream silk dress by Victor Edelstein while arriving for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

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March 1, 1989

Diana wore a gold embroidered bedouin gown that was presented to her with a silver tea set to mark the occasion of her visit at the museum in Kuwait City.

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March 14, 1989

Diana wore a Catherine Walker suit and a Philip Somerville hat while visiting the Islamic Museum during her official tour of the Gulf States.

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April 1989

Diana wore a red Catherine Walker dress and Philip Somerville hat to the passing out parade at Dartmouth Royal Naval College.

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April 25, 1989

Princess Diana dressed rather casually to drop off her sons at Wetherby School.

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May 1, 1989

The Princess of Wales wore a sparkly blue Catherine Walker gown to a charity ball at Osterley House.

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May 11, 1989

Diana was seen outside of Claridges in another Catherine Walker dress paired with a stunning tiara after attending a banquet.

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August 14, 1989

Princess Diana wore a plaid skirt suit while at the Aberdeen Airport with Prince William and Prince Harry.

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November 8, 1989

Princess Diana wore what she referred to as the "Elvis dress" during a visit to the Culture Centre in Hong Kong.

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June 21, 1989

Diana wore a turquoise dress, the Spencer diamond tiara, and Queen Mary's emerald and diamond necklace while attending a banquet at Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of London.

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July 20, 1989

Diana opted for a bright red gown and matching pumps while attending a banquet at Claridge's Hotel in London.

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December 25, 1989

Princess Diana stood out in a bright purple ensemble and a feathered hat during a Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church.

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February 1990

Diana wore a mess jacket from Gieves and Hawkes while attending a dinner of the Royal Hampshire Regiment in Winchester.

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April 11, 1990

Princess Diana wore a leopard swimsuit with a matching sarong while on holiday in Necker Island in the Caribbean.

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April 17, 1990

Diana wore a shiny green dress while attending the premiere of The Hunt for Red October in London's West End.

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June 5, 1990

Diana wore an outfit by Bruce Oldfield while arriving at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London.

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July 1990

Diana looked fresh in a white lace blouse and sleek looking slacks at Courtaulds in London.

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August 4, 1990

Princess Diana wore a pink patterned ensemble with matching pink pumps while arriving at Clarence House.

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October 18, 1990

Diana wore a black and white off-the-shoulder top with a skirt and kitten heels while attending a gala concert at the Saddlers Wells Theatre.

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November 12, 1990

Princess Diana wore a chic white outfit paired with a coordinating headpiece while at the coronation ceremony of Emperor Aki Hito in Tokyo, Japan.

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April 26, 1991

Princess Diana in a white chiffon dress designed by Gina Fratini while attending a charity gala ballet performance in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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May 1991

Diana chose to wear a red jacket, a red and white striped skirt, and matching shoes while leaving a detoxification center in Lambeth.

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May 23, 1991

Princess Diana looked lovely in a textured navy blue dress while arriving at the Aldwych Theatre in London.

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July 3, 1991

Princess Diana wore a stunning red dress by Victor Edelstein while attending a recital in London which raised funds for a hospice charity.

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July 17, 1991

Princess Diana wore a floral dress and pink heels while visiting patients at the Middlesex Hospital in London with First Lady Barbara Bush.

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May 6, 1992

Diana arrived at Spencer House in London in a stunning sleeveless, halter neck top and full length flowing silk chiffon skirt.

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May 1992

The Princess of Wales wore a tan and white button down dress by Catherine Walker while visiting the Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt.

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May 15, 1992

Princess Diana wore a blue and white Catherine Walker suit with a hat by Philip Somerville on a visit to the Heliopolis War Cemetery in Cairo.

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June 8, 1992

Diana opted for a laid-back look during a school run with Prince William.

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July 7, 1992

The Princess of Wales wore a classy white and pink dress with matching satin heels while attending a ballet performance at the London Coliseum.

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July 18, 1992

Princess Diana wore a bright green ensemble with a coordinating hat and pair of heels while attending the wedding of Lady Helen Windsor to Tim Taylor at St. George's Chapel.

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November 2, 1992

The Princess of Wales wore a colorful ensemble while on a tour with a guide during her visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra.

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November 15, 1992

Diana wore a red velvet dress while arriving at the Lille Congress Hall for the opening of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio album.

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March 17, 1993

Diana wore a charming pink button down dress and dark blue heels while in Manchester.

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March 26, 1993

Diana wore a light green plaid blazer and black pants while arriving with Prince William at the Zurich Airport.

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March 30, 1993

Princess Diana wore denim from head to toe while on her ski trip in Lech, Austria, with Prince William and Prince Harry.

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April 15, 1993

Princess Diana attended the premiere of Accidental Hero in London while styled in a green and white striped dress with a matching clutch and heels.

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June 1993

Princess Diana wore a black and white belted dress with classic heels while outside of Spencer House in London.

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October 12, 1993

Princess Diana wore a pleated off-the-shoulder dress while attending a performance of the La bohème opera at the London Coliseum.

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November 11, 1993

Diana wore a bright green dress designed by Catherine Walker while at an evening function at the Dorchester Hotel.

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March 15, 1994

Princess Diana wore a simple black suit with a patterned tie while visiting her brother's new baby at St Mary's Hospital in West London.

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April 17, 1994

Princess Diana wore a green and light gray letterman's jacket while visiting the Alton Towers Theme Park with Prince William and Prince Harry.

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June 1994

Princess Diana arrived at the Serpentine Gallery in style in a black gown by Christina Stambolian, later known as the Revenge Dress.

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July 10, 1994

Princess Diana wore a cream colored skirt with a belted white blouse and pearl earrings while attending the British Grand Prix.

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October 15, 1994

Diana looked street chic in white pants, a cream colored shirt, and an olive green blazer while shopping in Knightsbridge, London.

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January 31, 1995

Princess Diana attended the Council of Fashion Designers of America Ball in New York wearing a fitted navy blue gown.

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May 1995

Princess Diana wore a pink Versace suit and a hat by Philip Somerville during a visit to the Howe Barracks in Canterbury.

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May 8, 1995

Princess Diana wore a red and black military style evening dress by Catherine Walker while attending a Pavarotti concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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June 1, 1995

Princess Diana wore a grey, beaded, halter-neck dress by Catherine Walker while arriving at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

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June 9, 1995

The Princess of Wales stepped out in highlighter green ensemble while visiting Venice as a patron of the Serpentine Gallery.

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August 19, 1995

Diana chose a crisp white ensemble with a coordinating hat while attending the VJ Day 50th anniversary celebration in London with Prince William and Prince Harry.

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October 26, 1995

The Princess of Wales wore a dark blue dress while attending the Haunted premiere in London.

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November 7, 1995

Princess Diana wore a bright orange suit by Versace and carried a black handbag by Dior while visiting Liverpool.

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November 20, 1995

Diana left her London health club in an oversized sweatshirt and orange biker shorts.

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June 5, 1996

Diana wore a purple Versace gown with matching Jimmy Choo shoes while arriving for a gala dinner at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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October 31, 1996

Diana attended the Victor Chang Research Institute dinner dance during her visit to Sydney, Australia while wearing a silk blue gown with matching accessories.

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December 9, 1996

Diana wore a navy blue and black lace ensemble while attending a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a benefit ball in New York City.

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January 5, 1997

The Princess of Wales wore a crisp white button down with khaki pants during a visit to Huambo, Angola.

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January 13, 1997

Diana looked sophisticated in a black and white double-breasted blazer dress while meeting Ana Paula dos Santos, the First Lady of Angola.

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February 12, 1997

Diana wore a tightly fitted blue lace dress while arriving at the premiere of the film In Love and War in Leicester Square.

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March 10, 1997

Diana wore all black while leaving St. George's Church after attending the memorial service for photographer Terence Donovan.

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March 28, 1997

Diana wore a classy gray suit while heading out to lunch with her stepmother, Raine Spencer, at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair.

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April 15, 1997

Diana wore a matching blazer and skirt in baby blue during a visit to the Royal Brompton Hospital.

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May 22, 1997

While in Pakistan, Diana wore a traditional Shalwar Kameez in blue and green.

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June 3, 1997

Princess Diana arrived in short light blue dress at the Royal Albert Hall for a performance of Swan Lake by the English National Ballet.

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June 23, 1997

Diana arrived at a party in New York wearing a champagne colored dress by Catherine Walker and gold shoes by Jimmy Choo.

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July 21, 1997

Diana looked red hot in a crimson midi dress by Catherine Walker at Northwick Park & St. Mark's Hospital.

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August 9, 1997

Diana kept her look low-key in a white button down and jeans with a brown belt and matching loafers during a three-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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August 10, 1997

Diana wore a light pink button down with black pants and matching loafers during her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Here are our favorite style moments from the late Princess Diana.