Princess Diana was and still is known as one of the most fashionable ladies to be a part of the Royal Family.

To celebrate this, Channel 4 has created a new documentary titled Diana: Queen of Style which airs on Monday 15 November at 10pm.

Years ahead of her time, Diana's protocol-busting outfits raised eyebrows at the time – but today her influence can clearly be seen in the clothes picked by the modern Royals.

From Kate Middleton being crowned the UK's most popular fashion influencer to Sophie, Countess of Wessex redefining middle aged dressing, the ladies faultlessly walk follow in Diana's footsteps between high style and ancient tradition.

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Once she married into the Windsor's, Diana made sure to abide by the traditional if rather stuffy rules of Royal dressing.

Despite still being a teen, the Princesses dress and skirt hemlines generally swept past the knee and for shorter styles were not above two inches higher.

Baring shoulders was frowned upon, so when it came to wearing dresses Diana chose a sleeve or a thick strap.

But that all changed after her separation from Prince Charles in 1992.


We have to start with the iconic ‘Revenge Dress’ which Diana wore in 1994 to the Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

The off-the-shoulder black cocktail dress was designed by Christina Stambolian and wasn't a typical royally appropriate dress as it highlighted Diana’s cleavage, shoulders and a bit more leg than deemed acceptable.

Controversial at the time, this gown ultimately went on to influence today's Royals.

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a beautiful black floral dress by designer Alexander McQueen for the 2017 BAFTA awards.

The dress was off-the-shoulder and highlighted Kate’s décolletage something which would have been unthinkable before Diana.

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The Royal Family are lovers of all things bright and beautiful and Diana definitely adopted this tradition. But she was also a fan of the colour black, which we once only saw Royals wear during times of mourning.

Sporting a brilliant Gianni Versace dress to the Preview Of The Film 'Apollo 13' In London in 1995, Diana set pulses raising in the short thin strap style.

Meghan is also a big fan of the chic colour as she’s worn it on multiple occasions such as in April 2018 when she and Prince Harry attended a Commonwealth Youth Forum in a sleek Black Halo dress.

The Princess Of Wales also loved to sport a trouser suit, which traditionally only male members are allowed to wear. But of course she didn’t let this stop her.

In April 1990, Diana attended a Charity Concert, at The Royal Albert Hall in a blue power suit and well what an iconic outfit this was.

Kate and Meghan are no strangers to sporting their own suits to events such as when Meghan opted for a similar power suit by Altuzarra while attending the WellChild Awards in 2018.

Whilst bending a few of the rules, Diana also wore some low cut dresses which pushed her handbag designer Anya Hindmarch to rename her purses “cleavage bags” for when the Princess covered her chest when exiting a car.

If this wasn’t wild enough then Diana even once threw the rule book out of the window by wearing an emerald and diamond necklace which belonged to The Queen as a tiara as she loved it so much.

We often wonder what the Princesses style would be like now but one thing we’re certain on is that she would still be pushing the boundaries and turning a few heads with her choices.

Just one of the many reasons why we loved her…

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