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25 Iconic Photographs of Princess Diana That the World Still Talks About Today

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During her life, Princess Diana was known for her impactful image-making: a photo of her shaking hands with an AIDS patient in London, for example, helped de-stigmatize the disease during the height of hysteria around it, while a picture of her walking through a landmine field in Angola helped raise worldwide awareness for the human rights issue. Then, there are the pictures that epitomize glamour and, well, scandal: take the little black frock Diana wore out after Prince Charles admitted to an affair on national television, cemented now in pop culture as the “revenge dress.” (It even has its own Wikipedia page) Or consider her wedding dress, complete with puff sleeves and a 25-foot train.

Even 25 years after her death, new photos of the Princess continue to emerge: on March 4, two white-gloved curators hung a rarely-seen portrait of the late Princess Diana, by David Bailey, on the walls of Kensington Palace. The black-and-white portrait is striking in its minimalism, showing simply the profile of Diana staring steadfastly ahead. A new view of the Princess, added to the cultural canon.

Below, in addition to Bailey’s portrait, we revisit some of the most famous snaps taken of the late Princess of Wales.

Lady Diana Spencer at age 19, the age she was when she and Prince Charles started dating. Photo: Getty

Lady Diana Spencer in November 1980, two months after her relationship with Prince Charles was revealed by the press. Photo: Getty

Lady Diana Spencer, startled after stalling her new red Mini Metro outside her Earls Court flat in London just days before her engagement to Prince Charles was announced. Photo: Getty

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at Buckingham Palace on the day they announce their engagement in February 1981. Photo: Getty

Lady Diana Spencer wearing her ‘black sheep’ wool jumper by Warm and Wonderful to Windsor Polo, June 1981. 40 years later, the distinct print has once again made a fashion comeback. Photo: Getty

Lady Diana Spencer arrives at St. Paul’s Cathedral on her wedding day, revealing to the world the wedding dress which had been carefully guarded during its design. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana falls asleep during an appearance in 1981, which gave her the nickname of “Sleeping Beauty.” She would announce her pregnancy with Prince William shortly after. Photo: Getty

The Princess of Wales, wearing a tartan dress designed by Caroline Charles and a black Tam o’ shanter style hat, attending the Braemar Highland Games on September 5, 1981 in Scotland. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana at a state dinner in Canberra, Australia, November 1985. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana in 1983. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Diana dances with John Travolta at the White House in 1985. Photo: Getty

The Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana sitting on a step at Highgrove House, in Doughton, Gloucestershire, July 18, 1986. Photo: Getty

The Princess of Wales shakes hands with an AIDS patient as she opens a new AIDS ward at the Middlesex Hospital on April 9, 1987 in London, England. Photo: Getty

The Princess of Wales wearing a hat by milliner Frederick Fox during a visit to Anzio, Italy. Photo: Getty

The Princess of Wales in Hong Kong, 1989. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana in Rome, 1985. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana in Cannes, 1987. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Diana on Armistice Day, 1988. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Diana sits alone at the Taj Mahal during her visit to India in 1992. She and Prince Charles would announce their separation at the end of that year. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana rides a log flume with her sons William and Harry in 1993. Photo: Getty

Princess Diana arriving at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in a gown by Christina Stambolian. Her 1994 look would later be dubbed the “Revenge Dress.” Photo: Getty

Princess Diana, wearing a Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt, leaves Chelsea Harbour Club, London in November, 1995. Her gym style, to this day, has a cult following of fashion devotees. Photo: Getty

Diana, wearing protective body armor and a visor, visits a minefield being cleared by the charity Halo in Huambo, Angola. Her 1997 visit brought international attention to the issue. Photo: Getty

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