princess diana


Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

Evening gown, probably Norman Hartnell, early 1950s. Lent by kind permission of HM the Queen. Photos: Melanie Clegg. Although there’s a distinctly Georgian theme going on at Kensington Palace at the moment, there’s still plenty of nods towards the palace’s other famous residents to enjoy when you pay a visit with displays devoted to the last Stuarts and Queen Victoria as well as my favourite, which showcases some of the wonderful dresses worn by the Queen, Princess Margaret and the late Princess of Wales. It’s certainly very fitting that the gowns should be on display at Kensington Palace as all […]


Remembering Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, Mario Testino, 1997. Photo: Vanity Fair. When I was a very little girl I used to collect books and magazine articles about Princess Diana and in fact was so obsessive about this endeavour that my collection eventually filled several large cardboard boxes. If you’d asked me back then what I liked so much about her, I probably would have answered that I thought she was beautiful, that I liked princesses and that I loved (some) of her clothes and hats but almost certainly nothing more penetrative than that. I’d lost interest by the time I hit […]


Dress of the Week – Princess Diana’s wedding dress

Seeing as today is the anniversary of THE Royal Wedding on the 29th July 1981, what could be a more fitting dress of the week than the fabulous gown worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her wedding with Charles, Prince of Wales? Nowadays people tend to poke fun at Princess Diana’s huge meringue of a gown but I still love it anyway. It was just so darn ROMANTIC and like something that a princess in a fairytale would wear – perfect I suppose for such a young bride and for one so starry eyed and in love with her groom. […]


Princess Diana and me

Diana, Princess of Wales, 1997. Photo: Mario Testino. On what would have been her fifty second birthday, I’m going to allow myself a brief reminisce about the time I met one of the biggest MEGA STARS to have ever walked this planet. It was a day much like any other. I’d travelled down by coach the day before from Beverley with my grandmother and was full of fluttering terror and trepidation as we walked through the gardens in the middle of Lincoln’s Inn. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I thought I was going to be sick as […]


Princess Diana – time for some bad fiction

Diana, Princess of Wales, 1997. Photo: Mario Testino. Is it too soon for someone to write a novel about Princess Diana? I really envy the first person, many years hence, who writes the first stonking great historical novel about the former Princess of Wales because not only will they have an amazing tale to spin but they’ll probably also become disgracefully rich. Okay, maybe not rich. I must admit though that I’m mostly envious about the story they’ll be telling though – I mean, it has it all doesn’t it? I know that Monica Ali has just had a book […]


A novel about Princess Diana – too soon?

Is it too soon for someone to write a novel about Princess Diana? I really envy the first person, many years hence, who writes the first stonking great historical novel about the former Princess of Wales because not only will they have an amazing tale to spin but they’ll probably also become disgracefully rich. Okay, maybe not rich. I must admit though that I’m mostly envious about the story they’ll be telling though – I mean, it has it all doesn’t it? I know that Monica Ali has just had a book come out which considers what could have happened […]