Iconic Covers: Princess Diana

20 years after her tragic death, we remember Princess Diana for her kindness, spirit and grace, which always shone through on the many magazine covers she adorned.


1981 – The Royal wedding

One of the most celebrated events in British history, the day when a 20-year-old Lady Diana became The Princess of Wales when she married The Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981, at St Paul's Cathedral. A union of fairytale proportions, Diana immediately captivated the world as this Time cover demonstrates.   

1991 - 10th Anniversary of the Prince and Princess of Wales

A family portrait of happier times, this touching Hello! cover captures a rare moment of the royal couple and their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, looking off-duty, relaxed and content.

1990 – trouble in paradise?

Amid mounting rumours that all is not well between the Charles and Diana, the Princess puts on a brave face and in this Tatler cover taken on a family holiday appears radiant and laughing.

1991 – Lady of the dance

Frustrated in her marriage, Diana by this point was ardently pursuing her career as a philanthropist, and as patron for the arts was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for the December issue of Vogue.

1997 - A new princess begins to emerge  

A year after her divorce rocked the royal family, Diana debuts a modern, sleeker look for a series of Vanity Fair portraits by her friend Mario Testino.

1997 – A tragic death

Months later, Diana and her lover Dodi Al Fayed died in a tragic car accident in Paris, spurning magazines all over the globe to release commemorative issues in her memory, like this Newsweek one.

2017 – Remembering an icon

To mark the 20-year anniversary of her death, a year-long celebration of her spectacular life, including this very special edition of Royal Life.


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