Diana, Princess of Wales
(1961 – 1997)
The youngest daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, Diana Spencer married the heir to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981. Their sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, were born in 1982 and 1984; Charles and Diana divorced in 1996. Known for her high-profile charity work, including caring for people with AIDS and work with land-mine victims, Diana also became an international style icon. She achieved this by wearing carefully chosen outfits by leading fashion designers for important public engagements.
Mario Testino's portfolio of portraits of Diana established him as one of the world's leading photographers. This image was first published in Vanity Fair in July 1997 and was included in “Mario Testino Portraits” (2002), the most popular ticketed exhibition at the British National Portrait Gallery.
By Mario Testino (born 1954)
Durst and Lambda bromide print, 1997
National Portrait Gallery, London
© Mario Testino