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Diana - Her Legacy of Love

Diana - Her Legacy of Love

Diana - Her Legacy of Love
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Twenty years on, we honour the Queen of Hearts with the definitive tribute to her life and legacy in 148 pages packed with beautiful images and touching and revealing interviews with those who knew her best. From her reinvention of the royal role to her influence on the sons who carry her flame forward and, of course, her inimitable style - its all here in this unmissable HELLO! special.

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3 min.

Seldom in the history of any publication has there been a personality as central as Princess Diana is for Hello! For years, we shared her triumphs and joys, but also the pain and challenges she faced. And her tragic death broke our hearts as it did those of so many millions of people all over the world. Together we mourned the loss of the “People’s Princess”, the title she won for her humanity and her ability to empathise with the suffering of others. The news of her death – on that Sunday morning, 31 August 1997 – shocked us as much as the death of a loved one. We all made our way to the newsroom to listen to the terrible reports coming in from Paris. An order was given to…

6 min.
chapter 1 english rose

As a child, Diana Frances Spencer already showed glimmers of the magnetic quality that would later entrance millions, turning her into a truly global star whose iconic status has never been matched. Early home movies show the 20th century’s most adored woman as an impish youngster delighting in the sort of pastimes that all children enjoy – playing in a Wendy house, cuddling her dogs, scooting around in a red pedal car and playing roughand- tumble with her baby brother. In her teens Diana blossomed into an enchanting young lady with a great memory for names and a kind word or gesture for those around her. Fortuitously for the girl who became England’s Rose, she slipped into the world on a gloriously sunny day. Born on 1 July 1961, at Park…

10 min.
chapter 2 fairytale princess

It was love at first sight, a spellbinding once-upon-a-time moment, the very instant Diana stole all our hearts. Electrified by news that Prince Charles, the world’s most eligible bachelor, was seeing a pretty teenager who worked at a London kindergarten, the press set up camp outside. They didn’t have to wait long. Emerging into the dappled September sun, Diana shyly, yet spectacularly, stepped onto the world stage – and photographers captured that first iconic image of the magnetic 19-year-old future Princess. She was the very picture of natural warmth and affection, timidly looking up through her fringe, holding a child in one arm and another by the hand – as the gentle sunlight hazily silhouetted her long legs through her skirt. Both endearingly awkward and undeniably sensual, here was the delicate…

2 min.
chapter 3 the diana effect

The zest for life and giggly infectious charm that had captivated Prince Charles soon entranced the world. Riding the wave of enthusiasm created by the wedding of the century, the blushing bride now found herself the focus of every gaze. Those 750 million viewers who’d tuned into the magnificent nuptials were eagerly awaiting another instalment of the fairytale. As the Duchess of Cambridge would experience three decades later, there was insatiable curiosity to know what Diana would do next. Other members of the royal ‘Firm’ had made their mark through duty and hard work, but Diana’s enchanting freshness, her radiance and youth set her apart. The arrival of a newcomer renewed fascination with the Windsors and energised the image of Britain abroad. Nowhere was this more keenly felt than in the…

3 min.
alison eastwood

Diana attracted fans on a scale formerly reserved for pop stars and Hollywood idols Nowhere was Diana’s ability to inspire adulation more evident than on her early tours abroad as Princess of Wales. While her mother-in-law the Queen had dazzled overseas, Diana took it to new heights, attracting fans on a scale formerly reserved for pop stars and Hollywood idols. “The arrival of the Waleses in America was the most frenzied British invasion since The Beatles,” Newsweek quipped of the couple’s 1985 tour. Indeed, who can forget the image of the young Princess, stunning in her off-the-shoulder midnightblue gown, taking to the dancefloor with John Travolta? That now-legendary night at the White House etched Diana into pop culture history. It also encapsulated her magic. Making official engagements as much about pleasure as duty,…

2 min.
making royal fashion fun

Before she became Queen of Hearts, Diana ruled the fashion world. In her previous life as a nursery assistant there hadn’t been much call for formalwear. But from the moment a future King slipped that gobstopper-sized sapphire onto her finger every style choice was critiqued and copied. If the royal sweetheart wore polka dots or pop socks the shops would suddenly be full of them. Magazines even advised readers on how to recreate Diana’s make-up, down to her signature blue eyeliner. Their heroine rose to the challenge of crafting an image with the verve and sense of fun that she approached pretty much everything in life. When she first stepped into the limelight her wardrobe was woefully inadequate. “I had one long dress, one silk shirt, one smart pair of shoes and…