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Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer: One of my favorite photos of Diana is one that I took of her and Harry on VJ Day in 1995 - it shows how much she loved her boys. When I talked to her about tours, I realized that being a mother was her biggest role. The young men they grew up are proof of the upbringing they started giving them and of course their father. I think she would have been very nice as a grandmother. & # 39;

A look of love for Harry

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Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer: One of my favorite photos of Diana is one that I took of her and Harry on VJ Day in 1995 - it shows how much she loved her boys. When I talked to her about tours, I realized that being a mother was her biggest role. The young men they grew up are proof of the upbringing they started giving them and of course their father. I think she would have been very nice as a grandmother. & # 39;

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer: One of my favorite photos of Diana is one that I took of her and Harry on VJ Day in 1995 – it shows how much she loved her boys. When I talked to her about tours, I realized that being a mother was her biggest role. The young men they grew up are proof of the upbringing they started giving them and of course their father. I think she would have been very nice as a grandmother. & # 39;

Diana & # 39; s first bold black dress

Richard Young, photographer: & # 39; This is one of my favorite photos. Diana had just been engaged to Prince Charles and she arrived at a charity dinner in a banquet hall in the city where Princess Grace of Monaco was present in 1981. I still knew the trade, especially with regard to the royal family. The pavement was not that wide and there were many photographers, so I was pushed further and further to the sidewalk and the road. But I was lucky. & # 39; When she got out of the car, I stood in front of her. The black taffeta dress belonged to Elizabeth and David Emanuel, who were going to design her wedding dress. She had to lean forward to get out and this was the first and last time she exposed so much meat. After that, the palace always made sure she had a handbag to hide. & # 39;

Richard Young, photographer: & # 39; This is one of my favorite photos. Diana had just been engaged to Prince Charles and she arrived at a charity dinner in a banquet hall in the city where Princess Grace of Monaco was present in 1981. I still knew the trade, especially with regard to the royal family. The pavement was not that wide and there were many photographers, so I was pushed further and further to the sidewalk and the road. But I was lucky. & # 39; When she got out of the car, I stood in front of her. The black taffeta dress belonged to Elizabeth and David Emanuel, who were going to design her wedding dress. She had to lean forward to get out and this was the first and last time she exposed so much meat. After that, the palace always made sure she had a handbag to hide. & # 39;

Richard Young, photographer: & # 39; This is one of my favorite photos. Diana had just been engaged to Prince Charles and she arrived at a charity dinner in a banquet hall in the city where Princess Grace of Monaco was present in 1981. I still knew the trade, especially with regard to the royal family. The pavement was not that wide and there were many photographers, so I was pushed further and further to the sidewalk and the road. But I was lucky. & # 39; When she got out of the car, I stood in front of her. The black taffeta dress belonged to Elizabeth and David Emanuel, who were going to design her wedding dress. She had to lean forward to get out and this was the first and last time she exposed so much meat. After that, the palace always made sure she had a handbag to hide. & # 39;

Elton keeps it by his bed

Richard Young, photographer: & # 39; This is the only photo there is of Diana and Elton John together, except at the funeral of Gianni Versace. He tells me he keeps it by his bed. & # 39; It was taken backstage at the compound from Elton John to Earl & # 39; s Court before he performed there in 1993, after I received a phone call that he had someone very important to meet him that night. I waited backstage and then she suddenly came. I was alone, so I encouraged him to come a little closer and put his arm around her shoulder. Then she was led away to sit in the audience. & # 39;
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Richard Young, photographer: & # 39; This is the only photo there is of Diana and Elton John together, except at the funeral of Gianni Versace. He tells me he keeps it by his bed. & # 39; It was taken backstage at the compound from Elton John to Earl & # 39; s Court before he performed there in 1993, after I received a phone call that he had someone very important to meet him that night. I waited backstage and then she suddenly came. I was alone, so I encouraged him to come a little closer and put his arm around her shoulder. Then she was led away to sit in the audience. & # 39;

Richard Young, photographer: & # 39; This is the only photo there is of Diana and Elton John together, except at the funeral of Gianni Versace. He tells me he keeps it by his bed. & # 39; It was taken backstage at the compound from Elton John to Earl & # 39; s Court before he performed there in 1993, after I received a phone call that he had someone very important to meet him that night. I waited backstage and then she suddenly came. I was alone, so I encouraged him to come a little closer and put his arm around her shoulder. Then she was led away to sit in the audience. & # 39;

Tipped after Andrew Morton's book

Ken Lennox, former royal photographer: & # 39; A few days after Andrew Morton's biography was published in 1992, I received a phone call that I, if I am around 9 o'clock & # 39; Evening came to the house of Diana & # 39; s former roommate Caroline, the princess would leave the house. I parked and the security officer said I could work from the other side of the street. Then Caroline came with her husband and little boy and Diana, there were kisses and then Diana walked away. In one of the frames you can see that the little boy saw me, so everyone must have that, but they pretended I wasn't there. Caroline got a lot of patience because she was mentioned in parts of the story, so everyone assumed that she had spoken to Andrew Morton, and this was Diana who visited her to say that everything was fine. & # 39;

Ken Lennox, former royal photographer: & # 39; A few days after Andrew Morton's biography was published in 1992, I received a phone call that I, if I am around 9 o'clock & # 39; Evening came to the house of Diana & # 39; s former roommate Caroline, the princess would leave the house. I parked and the security officer said I could work from the other side of the street. Then Caroline came with her husband and little boy and Diana, there were kisses and then Diana walked away. In one of the frames you can see that the little boy saw me, so everyone must have that, but they pretended I wasn't there. Caroline got a lot of patience because she was mentioned in parts of the story, so everyone assumed that she had spoken to Andrew Morton, and this was Diana who visited her to say that everything was fine. & # 39;

Ken Lennox, former royal photographer: & # 39; A few days after Andrew Morton's biography was published in 1992, I received a phone call that I, if I am around 9 o'clock & # 39; Evening came to the house of Diana & # 39; s former roommate Caroline, the princess would leave the house. I parked and the security officer said I could work from the other side of the street. Then Caroline came with her husband and little boy and Diana, there were kisses and then Diana walked away. In one of the frames you can see that the little boy saw me, so everyone must have that, but they pretended I wasn't there. Caroline got a lot of patience because she was mentioned in parts of the story, so everyone assumed that she had spoken to Andrew Morton, and this was Diana who visited her to say that everything was fine. & # 39;

How we played a joke on her

Mark Stewart, royal photographer: & # 39; A photo of her that I really like is that she played the piano in an orphanage in the Czech Republic in 1991. Sometimes she was troubling us, so we decided to get our back back that day, we woke her up completely. We knew that the children were going to do a little concert for her, so we told them that Diana really liked playing the piano and that if she asked, she would come and play for them. So when they were done, one of the little children marched over to her and said, "We just played for you, do you want to play for us?" She sat down and played Greensleeves absolutely beautiful for them. But when she left the room, looks could kill! She knew exactly what we had done

Mark Stewart, royal photographer: & # 39; A photo of her that I really like is that she played the piano in an orphanage in the Czech Republic in 1991. Sometimes she was troubling us, so we decided to get our back back that day, we woke her up completely. We knew that the children were going to do a little concert for her, so we told them that Diana really liked playing the piano and that if she asked, she would come and play for them. So when they were done, one of the little children marched over to her and said, "We just played for you, do you want to play for us?" She sat down and played Greensleeves absolutely beautiful for them. But when she left the room, looks could kill! She knew exactly what we had done

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Mark Stewart, royal photographer: & # 39; A photo of her that I really like is that she played the piano in an orphanage in the Czech Republic in 1991. Sometimes she was troubling us, so we decided to get our back back that day, we woke her up completely. We knew that the children were going to do a little concert for her, so we told them that Diana really liked playing the piano and that if she asked, she would come and play for them. So when they were done, one of the little children marched over to her and said, "We just played for you, do you want to play for us?" She sat down and played Greensleeves absolutely beautiful for them. But when she left the room, looks could kill! She knew exactly what we had done

Hot and bothered on that last vacation

Charles Rae, former royal correspondent: & # 39; In July 1997, Diana arrived with William, then 15, and Harry, 12, in Parc de St Tropez, southern France. She stayed with the then Harrods boss Mohammed Al-Fayed and his wife Heini in their holiday home, Castle de St Therese. & # 39; The house has only one access point that gives a good view - from the sea. With colleagues from other newspapers we rented a boat and left. We came to our usual agreement with Diana's assistants that they would be largely left alone in exchange for a photo opportunity. Diana, in a swimsuit with a leopard print, and the boys quickly ran around on jet skis. I was very happy with the show. William and Harry made sharp turns so that we would get soaked. It was all very good-humored. & # 39; After 30 minutes they all disappeared and then I saw Diana on the balcony. She was on her phone and gave someone a roast, a hand waving around like a windmill. She ended the call, threw the cellphone down on a sunbed and marched to a speedboat, climbed up with her bodyguard and roared at us. Diana was not happy. She asked why the three other boats that were scattered were there. I told her they were photographers from European stores, and one boat was full of tourists. I said she was criticized for being with Al-Fayed, who was at the center of the Tory's cash-for-questions scandal. But she replied: "Mr Al-Fayed was my father's best friend. Strictly speaking, I am on vacation with his wife. I hoped to keep the vacation quiet." We asked her why then to St Tropez, a hotbed for the paparazzi? I said, "You must have known that you would be seen." Diana said, "I know I have a role to play, but I have to protect my boys." "Before she left, she dropped a bomb." You get a big surprise with the next thing I do, "she said. We tried to work her out, but she shrugged and roared away. Those 14 words haunt me to this day and try to find out what she meant. & # 39;

Charles Rae, former royal correspondent: & # 39; In July 1997, Diana arrived with William, then 15, and Harry, 12, in Parc de St Tropez, southern France. She stayed with the then Harrods boss Mohammed Al-Fayed and his wife Heini in their holiday home, Castle de St Therese. & # 39; The house has only one access point that gives a good view - from the sea. With colleagues from other newspapers we rented a boat and left. We came to our usual agreement with Diana's assistants that they would be largely left alone in exchange for a photo opportunity. Diana, in a swimsuit with a leopard print, and the boys quickly ran around on jet skis. I was very happy with the show. William and Harry made sharp turns so that we would get soaked. It was all very good-humored. & # 39; After 30 minutes they all disappeared and then I saw Diana on the balcony. She was on her phone and gave someone a roast, a hand waving around like a windmill. She ended the call, threw the cellphone down on a sunbed and marched to a speedboat, climbed up with her bodyguard and roared at us. Diana was not happy. She asked why the three other boats that were scattered were there. I told her they were photographers from European stores, and one boat was full of tourists. I said she was criticized for being with Al-Fayed, who was at the center of the Tory's cash-for-questions scandal. But she replied: "Mr Al-Fayed was my father's best friend. Strictly speaking, I am on vacation with his wife. I hoped to keep the vacation quiet." We asked her why then to St Tropez, a hotbed for the paparazzi? I said, "You must have known that you would be seen." Diana said, "I know I have a role to play, but I have to protect my boys." "Before she left, she dropped a bomb." You get a big surprise with the next thing I do, "she said. We tried to work her out, but she shrugged and roared away. Those 14 words haunt me to this day and try to find out what she meant. & # 39;

Charles Rae, former royal correspondent: & # 39; In July 1997, Diana arrived with William, then 15, and Harry, 12, in Parc de St Tropez, southern France. She stayed with the then Harrods boss Mohammed Al-Fayed and his wife Heini in their holiday home, Castle de St Therese. & # 39; The house has only one access point that gives a good view – from the sea. With colleagues from other newspapers we rented a boat and left. We came to our usual agreement with Diana's assistants that they would be largely left alone in exchange for a photo opportunity. Diana, in a swimsuit with a leopard print, and the boys quickly ran around on jet skis. I was very happy with the show. William and Harry made sharp turns so that we would get soaked. It was all very good-humored. & # 39; After 30 minutes they all disappeared and then I saw Diana on the balcony. She was on her phone and gave someone a roast, a hand waving around like a windmill. She ended the call, threw the cellphone down on a sunbed and marched to a speedboat, climbed up with her bodyguard and roared at us. Diana was not happy. She asked why the three other boats that were scattered were there. I told her they were photographers from European stores, and one boat was full of tourists. I said she was criticized for being with Al-Fayed, who was at the center of the Tory's cash-for-questions scandal. But she replied: "Mr Al-Fayed was my father's best friend. Strictly speaking, I am on vacation with his wife. I hoped to keep the vacation quiet." We asked her why then to St Tropez, a hotbed for the paparazzi? I said, "You must have known that you would be seen." Diana said, "I know I have a role to play, but I have to protect my boys." "Before she left, she dropped a bomb." You get a big surprise with the next thing I do, "she said. We tried to work her out, but she shrugged and roared away. Those 14 words haunt me to this day and try to find out what she meant. & # 39;

A new way to show off

Ken Lennox, former royal photographer: & # 39; I got a tip in 1983 that Diana had a new geometric hairstyle. The palace had a new press secretary, Vic Chapman, a Canadian who had a fresh nose in what had been a hidden role, but when I told him, he said there was no chance of an early photo of her. Two days later he called me to tell me she was going to an event in the Red Cross and he made sure I could be in the front row. & # 39; She was on stage and focused on the speaker, so I didn't take any photos at first. But she could hear that the camera didn't work, so after a few minutes she looked at me and said, "What now?" I put the camera down, looked at her, and turned my head to the left, then to the center and to the right, depicting how I wanted her to show her hair. She copied me and by the time she moved her head to the right she giggled because she realized that despite having been to this great event, she had had her portrait made. She resembles a classical Greek sculpture in those shots. & # 39;
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Ken Lennox, former royal photographer: & # 39; I got a tip in 1983 that Diana had a new geometric hairstyle. The palace had a new press secretary, Vic Chapman, a Canadian who had a fresh nose in what had been a hidden role, but when I told him, he said there was no chance of an early photo of her. Two days later he called me to tell me she was going to an event in the Red Cross and he made sure I could be in the front row. & # 39; She was on stage and focused on the speaker, so I didn't take any photos at first. But she could hear that the camera didn't work, so after a few minutes she looked at me and said, "What now?" I put the camera down, looked at her, and turned my head to the left, then to the center and to the right, depicting how I wanted her to show her hair. She copied me and by the time she moved her head to the right she giggled because she realized that despite having been to this great event, she had had her portrait made. She resembles a classical Greek sculpture in those shots. & # 39;

Ken Lennox, former royal photographer: & # 39; I got a tip in 1983 that Diana had a new geometric hairstyle. The palace had a new press secretary, Vic Chapman, a Canadian who had a fresh nose in what had been a hidden role, but when I told him, he said there was no chance of an early photo of her. Two days later he called me to tell me she was going to an event in the Red Cross and he made sure I could be in the front row. & # 39; She was on stage and focused on the speaker, so I didn't take any photos at first. But she could hear that the camera didn't work, so after a few minutes she looked at me and said, "What now?" I put the camera down, looked at her, and turned my head to the left, then to the center and to the right, depicting how I wanted her to show her hair. She copied me and by the time she moved her head to the right she giggled because she realized that despite having been to this great event, she had had her portrait made. She resembles a classical Greek sculpture in those shots. & # 39;

& # 39; Get off my car & # 39 ;, Charles roared

Sitting on Charles & Aston Martin at a polo competition in Windsor in 1987: & # 39; Charles roared against her, & # 39; get out of my car! & # 39; So she slid down and stopped and covered her mouth because she laughed so much. & # 39;

Sitting on Charles & Aston Martin at a polo competition in Windsor in 1987: & # 39; Charles roared against her, & # 39; get out of my car! & # 39; So she slid down and stopped and covered her mouth because she laughed so much. & # 39;

Sitting on Charles & Aston Martin at a polo competition in Windsor in 1987: & # 39; Charles roared against her, & # 39; get out of my car! & # 39; So she slid down and stopped and covered her mouth because she laughed so much. & # 39;

Sitting on Charles & Aston Martin at a polo competition in Windsor in 1987: & # 39; Charles roared against her, & # 39; get out of my car! & # 39; So she slid down and stopped and covered her mouth because she laughed so much. & # 39;

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Sitting on Charles & Aston Martin at a polo competition in Windsor in 1987: & # 39; Charles roared against her, & # 39; get out of my car! & # 39; So she slid down and stopped and covered her mouth because she laughed so much. & # 39;

This girl knew what she was doing

Ken Lennox, photographer: & # 39; I was in Scotland to discuss the Braemar Gathering in 1980. Prince Charles would always try to & # 39; go fishing in the morning before the Highland Games started. & # 39; One side of the river is public with a road next to it and the other side is royal. I went looking for him and he had a young woman with him. When she saw me, the blonde girl walked away and stood behind a tree. I thought she was an employee who avoided. But then a hand came from behind the tree with a compact mirror, looking to see where we were. She used it to walk away and always keep a tree between her and us. This girl knew what she was doing. I took a few lists, including one of her in silhouette in a hut on the river bank. When I asked who she was, they said: & # 39; She's Jane's sister. & # 39; So I rejected her as a family friend. But one of the royal entourage told me not to. I knew her father Johnnie Spencer, who was an avid photographer himself, so I asked what was going on between his daughter and Charles. Not a word. I asked if there was a romance. Not a word. The last thing I said was that he had some idea where I could catch up with her. Then he gave me her address at Coleherne Court. He was a smart man and he knew that if something happened, we had to get background information about her. That was the start. & # 39;

Ken Lennox, photographer: & # 39; I was in Scotland to discuss the Braemar Gathering in 1980. Prince Charles would always try to & # 39; go fishing in the morning before the Highland Games started. & # 39; One side of the river is public with a road next to it and the other side is royal. I went looking for him and he had a young woman with him. When she saw me, the blonde girl walked away and stood behind a tree. I thought she was an employee who avoided. But then a hand came from behind the tree with a compact mirror, looking to see where we were. She used it to walk away and always keep a tree between her and us. This girl knew what she was doing. I took a few lists, including one of her in silhouette in a hut on the river bank. When I asked who she was, they said: & # 39; She's Jane's sister. & # 39; So I rejected her as a family friend. But one of the royal entourage told me not to. I knew her father Johnnie Spencer, who was an avid photographer himself, so I asked what was going on between his daughter and Charles. Not a word. I asked if there was a romance. Not a word. The last thing I said was that he had some idea where I could catch up with her. Then he gave me her address at Coleherne Court. He was a smart man and he knew that if something happened, we had to get background information about her. That was the start. & # 39;

Ken Lennox, photographer: & # 39; I was in Scotland to discuss the Braemar Gathering in 1980. Prince Charles would always try to & # 39; go fishing in the morning before the Highland Games started. & # 39; One side of the river is public with a road next to it and the other side is royal. I went looking for him and he had a young woman with him. When she saw me, the blonde girl walked away and stood behind a tree. I thought she was an employee who avoided. But then a hand came from behind the tree with a compact mirror, looking to see where we were. She used it to walk away and always keep a tree between her and us. This girl knew what she was doing. I took a few lists, including one of her in silhouette in a hut on the river bank. When I asked who she was, they said: & # 39; She's Jane's sister. & # 39; So I rejected her as a family friend. But one of the royal entourage told me not to. I knew her father Johnnie Spencer, who was an avid photographer himself, so I asked what was going on between his daughter and Charles. Not a word. I asked if there was a romance. Not a word. The last thing I said was that he had some idea where I could catch up with her. Then he gave me her address at Coleherne Court. He was a smart man and he knew that if something happened, we had to get background information about her. That was the start. & # 39;

Startled from a wool flute

Ken Lennox, photographer: & # 39; All kinds of things have made her laugh. We were on the stairs of the White House in 1985 and Diana appeared in an off-the-shoulder white sequin dress, I called it her Marilyn Monroe dress, she looked fantastic. When she got there, I took a picture, and then one of the American photographers whistled her, and instead of ignoring it as royals would, she turned around and looked back and I took the second one. & # 39;
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Ken Lennox, photographer: & # 39; All kinds of things have made her laugh. We were on the stairs of the White House in 1985 and Diana appeared in an off-the-shoulder white sequin dress, I called it her Marilyn Monroe dress, she looked fantastic. When she got there, I took a picture, and then one of the American photographers whistled her, and instead of ignoring it as royals would, she turned around and looked back and I took the second one. & # 39;

Ken Lennox, photographer: & # 39; All kinds of things have made her laugh. We were on the stairs of the White House in 1985 and Diana appeared in an off-the-shoulder white sequin dress, I called it her Marilyn Monroe dress, she looked fantastic. When she got there, I took a picture, and then one of the American photographers whistled her, and instead of ignoring it as royals would, she turned around and looked back and I took the second one. & # 39;

How she became everyone's princess: Enchanting, compassionate and blessed with most naughty sense of humor, Diana hugged her quickly new role. Those who were charmed tell their stories along the way

The nation wanted a fairy tale. And when 20-year-old Diana stepped out of the glass carriage, walked down the aisle in wavy ivory silk, pulled her prince into a kiss on the balcony of the palace, she made our dreams come true.

Anointed with the glamor and mystery of kingship, the gauche teenager became a charismatic People & Princess, whose touch apparently healed the sick and helped the dying, seducing statesmen and bowing her knee to talk to children, who longed for a role that would appeal to her gifts of empathy and compassion – even if in private she fell apart.

Elizabeth Emanuel Fashion designer

Charles and Diana are leaving St. Paul & # 39; s after a wedding rehearsal in July 1981. Sarah Bradford, also known as Viscount Bangor, said: “It felt like there was a lot of hope for the wedding because Diana's bridesmaid Sarah Jane Gaselee, when she was 11, told me she saw Charles and Diana hugging on the couch and even jumping down the aisle during the wedding rehearsals. & # 39;

Charles and Diana are leaving St. Paul & # 39; s after a wedding rehearsal in July 1981. Sarah Bradford, also known as Viscount Bangor, said: “It felt like there was a lot of hope for the wedding because Diana's bridesmaid Sarah Jane Gaselee, when she was 11, told me she saw Charles and Diana hugging on the couch and even jumping down the aisle during the wedding rehearsals. & # 39;

Charles and Diana are leaving St. Paul & # 39; s after a wedding rehearsal in July 1981. Sarah Bradford, also known as Viscount Bangor, said: “It felt like there was a lot of hope for the wedding because Diana's bridesmaid Sarah Jane Gaselee, when she was 11, told me she saw Charles and Diana hugging on the couch and even jumping down the aisle during the wedding rehearsals. & # 39;

& # 39; The main dress we had was the black dress she was wearing to Goldsmiths & # 39; Hall in the City after her engagement was announced. We didn't make it special for her and it showed how naive we were, they said she exposed too much cleavage. We just thought: "It's black, it's safe. It's an evening dress, she looks great and it shows her split." We didn't think she had to get out of her car, that the camera & # 39; s might look at her from above, it has caused & # 39; n big thing in the press. & # 39;

Janet Filderman Beauty therapist

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& # 39; She realized that the Emanuel dress she was wearing to meet Princess Grace in Goldsmiths & # 39; Hall was her first fashion faux pas – her first major mistake. She told me: "I cried on Princess Grace's shoulder in the powder room," and she advised her, "Hold your head up; you won't make this mistake again."

Sarah Bradford ook bekend als burggraaf zonder schuld Koninklijke biograaf

'Het voelde alsof er veel hoop was voor de bruiloft omdat het bruidsmeisje van Diana, Sarah Jane Gaselee, toen 11 jaar oud, me vertelde dat ze Charles en Diana op de bank had zien knuffelen en zelfs tijdens de huwelijksrepetities door het gangpad sprongen.'

Darren McGrady Persoonlijke chef

'Ik moet vaak dansen met Diana op Balmoral. Het eerste jaar dat ze acht keer een paar haspels deden en alle leden van het koningshuis samenkwamen in een cirkel – Andrew, Edward, de koningin, Diana en Charles – en Diana schreeuwde terwijl zij en Charles zo snel mogelijk rond tolden en hij kreeg een rode lach en een grote grijns. Iedereen stopte om ze te bekijken. Er was een magie en chemie tussen hen. & # 39;

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Elizabeth Emanuel Mode ontwerper

De detective van Diana verzamelt de overvloed aan bloemen die aan Diana zijn gegeven tijdens haar eerste Garden Party in Buckingham Palace

De detective van Diana verzamelt de overvloed aan bloemen die aan Diana zijn gegeven tijdens haar eerste Garden Party in Buckingham Palace

De detective van Diana verzamelt de overvloed aan bloemen die aan Diana zijn gegeven tijdens haar eerste Garden Party in Buckingham Palace

'Ik herinner me de leuke tijd die we hadden voor de bruiloft en dat ze meezingde naar' Just One Cornetto 'in Clarence House terwijl iedereen zich klaarmaakte. Ik heb visioenen van haar in de petticoat stappen en David moet eronder komen met zijn voeten naar buiten steken om te controleren of hij goed vastzit. We hadden zoveel plezier. Ik herinner me dat ik wachtte tot haar rijtuig arriveerde en dat iedereen daar in stilte stil op de trap stond. Je kon de drukte buiten horen, maar er was een stilte in afwachting. She was standing next to her father and there was this moment – “This is it, no going back, let’s hope all goes well.” The moment we had been working for had arrived.’

Penny Junor Journalist and biographer

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‘My most vivid memories of Diana are from her first royal tour to Wales in October 1981. She and Charles had been married nearly three months, the honeymoon was over – in every sense, as it turned out – and, guided by Charles, this was her initiation as a working member of the family. Although there had been huge public excitement about the wedding, and great enthusiasm for the fairytale princess, I think it was on that tour that people really fell in love with her. She was gutsy and gorgeous and had a magical ability to sprinkle fairy dust in almost every circumstance.’

Ken Lennox Photographer

‘She was so aware of the cameras and where we were. I remember when she did her first tour of Wales, I was on a ladder and the rain was bucketing down. For some reason the car stopped in front of me, and Diana looked up at me and mouthed, “How am I doing?” I said, “Fantastic”. And a big smile came over her face.’

Ingrid Seward Author and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine

‘The first impression I had of Diana on the day she invited me to Kensington Palace in June 1997 was of her whispery little-girl voice. She wasn’t in the least bit frosty. She wafted into the room looking pure old-fashioned Hollywood glamour. The thing I really noticed about her was that she had this honey-coloured skin, completely poreless. She was wearing this electric-blue Versace dress with her hair beautifully done and wearing a gold Cartier watch, diamond line bracelet, Chanel shoes but no tights. She looked a million dollars. I immediately felt incredibly scruffy.’

The beaming couple head from St Paul’s to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. When 20-year-old Diana alighted from the glass coach, walked down the aisle in billowing ivory silk, then coaxed her buttoned-up prince into a kiss on the Palace balcony she made our dreams come true

The beaming couple head from St Paul’s to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. When 20-year-old Diana alighted from the glass coach, walked down the aisle in billowing ivory silk, then coaxed her buttoned-up prince into a kiss on the Palace balcony she made our dreams come true

The beaming couple head from St Paul’s to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. When 20-year-old Diana alighted from the glass coach, walked down the aisle in billowing ivory silk, then coaxed her buttoned-up prince into a kiss on the Palace balcony she made our dreams come true

Michael Cole Former BBC royal correspondent, former director of Harrods

‘Princess Diana never looked more wonderful than she did on the night of the ball at the White House given by the late President Reagan and his late wife Nancy in 1985. Dressed in a midnight-blue velvet gown by Victor Edelstein, Diana was a Hollywood dream of a princess and the setting could not have been more perfect, nor the cast more glamorous. Dancing with the president was one thing, and Ronnie still had the moves, but being taken in the arms of John Travolta while the room held its breath was on quite another planet.’

Catherine Walker The late fashion designer

‘Often Diana became tremendously excited at our fittings and would call her dresser. Sometimes she would sit on the carpet correcting drawings, and I remember her delight if she loved something – she would make a little noise, a little like you make if you’re enjoying chocolate.’

Ken Lennox Photographer

‘There is something she always did that Harry now does. If she was meeting children she would get right down to their level to talk to them and make eye contact with them. Before her, royals would just bend over and look down.’

Roberta Stimson Manual lymph drainage practitioner

‘Diana was the first person of her ilk to even consider seeing somebody who was slightly off the wall. All the aristocratic types would go to Harley Street but Diana ignored all that and did what her heart told her, and her legacy was to open up alternative medicine in Britain and the world. She was a pioneer, a bit like a fairytale princess. She didn’t belong in her royal world, which is judgmental and lonely. She was more of a Cinderella.’

The princess dancing with John Travolta at a White House dinner in 1985. Michael Cole, former BBC royal correspondent, said: ‘Princess Diana never looked more wonderful than she did on the night of the ball at the White House given by the late President Reagan and his late wife Nancy in 1985'

The princess dancing with John Travolta at a White House dinner in 1985. Michael Cole, former BBC royal correspondent, said: ‘Princess Diana never looked more wonderful than she did on the night of the ball at the White House given by the late President Reagan and his late wife Nancy in 1985'

The princess dancing with John Travolta at a White House dinner in 1985. Michael Cole, former BBC royal correspondent, said: ‘Princess Diana never looked more wonderful than she did on the night of the ball at the White House given by the late President Reagan and his late wife Nancy in 1985'

Dickie Arbiter Former press secretary to Charles and Diana

‘The sea change came around April 1987 with the first-ever Aids unit, which was established at Middlesex Hospital. She famously stuck out her hand and shook an Aids patient’s hand. She didn’t wear gloves and that was quite a step. Prior to that, people thought you could contract Aids by touching someone and you didn’t talk about Aids. With the high-profile death of Rock Hudson people began to talk about it, but Diana’s one gesture destroyed the “do not touch” myth. She sat down with several patients and that was a revolution.’

Michael Cole Former BBC royal correspondent, former director of Harrods

‘At a stuffy official reception in Portugal she found herself standing next to Prime Minister Mario Soares. Spotting that his evening dress trousers were being held up by red braces, she reached inside his jacket and gave the braces one hell of a twang. He laughed, and so did we. The princess covered her mouth, as if to ask, “Did I really do that?”’

Patrick Jephson Diana’s former private secretary

Diana holding a baby during her visit to Angola with the Red Cross in 1997

Diana holding a baby during her visit to Angola with the Red Cross in 1997

Diana holding a baby during her visit to Angola with the Red Cross in 1997

‘I saw her hold her own with presidents, emperors, kings, ambassadors. She would entertain, for example, the Russian ambassador at Kensington Palace. I was with her in the White House where she would quite happily keep up her end of the conversation with the late President Bush, or in the Élysée Palace with President Chirac. There was no royal format in which I didn’t see her excel.’

Carolan Brown Personal trainer

‘Once I had a last-minute call to go to Kensington Palace for a session and when I got there Diana said, “I’m so sorry, we can’t do it in the sitting room as my husband’s having a meeting, we will have to go somewhere else.” So we went into the storage room where the gifts were kept from all the countries she’d visited. These amazing things were stacked up, labelled and dated, so she knew who gave what. Then whenever they came to visit they could be put on display. It was extraordinary. So we danced around surrounded by pictures, statues, paintings and handbags. There was no electricity so we just sang and did our routines.’

Jayne Fincher Photographer

‘I went to photograph her once at Kensington Palace when she was all dressed up in a gown and tiara for a banquet. I told her she looked lovely, but she groaned and said, “It’s a lovely dress but it’s really tight and I can hardly breathe. I’ve got to sit through a banquet in it, which is so long and boring.” She showed her emotions on her face and sometimes you could see her sitting there thinking, “Oh God, how long’s this going on for?” When she got like that she’d sit there looking all demure but be rolling her eyes. You could tell she was thinking, “Get me out of here now.”’

Patrick Jephson Diana’s former private secretary

‘Diana knew how to bend the rules of protocol a little in order to make a point or a spontaneous gesture. When she and Charles visited Budapest in 1990, in the middle of an official state arrival when everybody was standing to attention and listening to the national anthem, the president of Hungary’s wife was in tears. No one noticed except Diana. She put out a hand to comfort her. That photograph turned the visit into an instant success before we’d even left the airport.’

Penny Junor Journalist and biographer

‘In the early 1990s she arrived in Portsmouth in a Wessex helicopter that could be heard approaching from miles away. Hundreds of children were waiting and could barely contain their excitement as the great noisy machine came to rest just a few feet from them. Out stepped a real live princess, come specially to visit them. Anyone who doubts the potency of a royal visit should have been there that day. She was everything they had waited for. More polished and confident than ten years earlier, but none of the magic had gone. There was no shortage of fairy dust.’

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