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 16 times that Princess Diana did the unexpected and broke the royal code:
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16. She loved to wear black
Queen Elizabeth set the dress code that Royal women must wear bright colors for public appearances so royal fans can easily spot them in a crowd. The Queen believed black should only be reserved for somber occasions and funerals. Diana, however, being the fashion icon she is, decided to trailblaze her own path as a Royal fashion icon and wore black on many occasions.