As the new, and final, season of The Crown drops onto Netflix, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to look back at Princess Diana's hair transformation. Whilst in recent years, we've been sent into a frenzy every time Kate Middleton changes her hair, calling our hair salon asking for the next available appointment, and constantly trying to figure out how Meghan Markle's hair always looks so shiny, the obsession with royal hair dates way back.
Much like her iconic fashion, Princess Diana's hair also used to make the headlines. Princess Diana's hairdresser at the time noted that no matter what they did to her hair, the papers were always going to write something. She might have been making a statement with that 'revenge' dress, but she also shook the world up when she debuted her iconic pixie cut. They say the best way to move on from a bad period of your life is to change up your look, (think Carrie Bradshaw in the first Sex and the City movie. You know, the good one.) and she well and truly embraced that theory.
In the early 90s, she met supremo hair stylist Sam McKnight on a Vogue shoot, and he transformed her coiffed layered do into a sharp and modern crop, with the use of pins. So taken with the new look, that she asked him to make it permanent. So McKnight grabbed his scissors and gave Princess Diana the haircut that inspired thousands of reiterations.
Our interest in the late Royal's increased tenfold when Emma Corrin's incredible portrayal as the People's Princess in The Crown hit our screens in 2020. Corrin made her iconic feathered tresses look very cool indeed.
So let's take a couple of minutes and look back at the beauty of Princess Diana...
At Buckingham Palace the day her wedding to Charles was sanctioned by the Privy Council.
At a polo match before her wedding
At a polo match at Cowdray Park Polo
At her wedding to Prince Charles
On a Royal visit to Barmouth, Wales
After the birth of Prince William
At a Polo match in Cirencester
On an official visit in Canada
Visiting Dr Barnardos Charity in East London
With the newly born Prince Harry
During a skiing holiday in Liechtenstein
At a fashion show at the Cologne Museum of Art during the Royal Tour of Germany
In Germany wearing sapphire and diamond jewels
In Chenonceaux, France at a chateau in the Loire Valley
In New York at The Council for Fashion Designers of America Ball
Leaving the Chelsea Harbour Club, London
On a visit to The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple In Neasden, London
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Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.
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