10 Times Princess Diana Broke Royal Code

  

It’s been a shocking 20 years since Princess Diana passed in a tragic Paris car accident back on August 31, 1997. The beloved princess was only 36 at the time of her death, but during her short life, she deeply affected the world with her compassionate nature and approachable aura. Princess Diana was not one to follow rules and inaugurated a new style of royal leadership by breaking boundaries that were previously considered untouchable for a figure of royal class. “I lead from the heart, not the head, and albeit that’s got me into trouble in my work, I understand that,” she once admitted. “But someone’s got to go out there and love people and show it.” Follow along for 10 times that Princess Diana did the unexpected and broke royal code:

10. She picked her own engagement ring from a catalog

All royals were entitled to chose a custom-designed engagement ring, prior to Diana that is! The 19-year old bride-to-be opted for the practical route and selected her ideal ring from a Garrard jewelry catalog. The stunning ring was made of 14 solitaire diamonds that sat around a 12-carat sapphire and was set in white gold. The legendary ring got passed down throughout the generations and is the ring that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wears now.

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9. She made adjustments to the traditional wedding vows

Even on a day as traditional as a white wedding, Princess Diana found a way to cause a stir! Unlike the royals to marry before her, Diana decided to adjust the words in her vows and chose to abandon the previous statement that said she would “obey” Prince Charles. The bride ditched royal protocol and instead promised to “love, comfort, honor and keep” her husband. The controversial move was later followed by Kate Middleton as she married Prince William nearly three decades later.

29/07/81 / Press Association

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