Princess Diana: The Pregnancy Years

Diana Princess of Wales: Pregnancy Years
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Princess Diana: The Pregnancy Years
Diana leaves the Guildehall in London, the day she announced her first pregnancy.  The Princess was wearing a coat by Belleville Sassoon and a hat by John Boyd.
Diana again chose a coat by Bellville Sassoon and hat by John Boyd for this emerald ensemble.
The Princess in a David Sassoon red maternity dress.
Ladi Di rests on a Range Rover at the Grand National Racecourse, pictured with Prince Charles.
Princess Diana wears a fun koala bear sweater over her tummy, supporting her back as she stands with Prince Charles.
Diana stands with Susan Ferguson, wearing a sweet gingham patterned dress.
We love the way Diana rolled up her sleeves, and accessorized with a gorgeous watch and sunglasses.  
Lady Di kept her pregnancy as comfortable as possible, in forgiving dresses and pretty flats.
A very pregnant Diana chats with her husband, in a baby pink dress and flats.
Lady Di with the royal family at the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
Shortly after giving birth to William, Diana still embraces the comfort of maternity clothes for a bit.
Princess Diana holds Prince William at Kensington palace. (We couldn't resist, just look at that face!)
Lady Di, pregnant with her second son, Harry.  The Princess kept with her comfortably-fitting dresses, embellishing with ruffles and polka dots.
Princess Diana chatting with a journalist during a Polo match. On her right Is Madame Estee Lauder. 
Princess Diana attended an event at the Royal Academy in a lovely white maternity dress, accessorized with the Spencer Family Tiara and a diamond necklace.
Our favorite photo of Diana: casually chatting with Prince Charles in a bright frock and comfy cardigan.
Diana wore this pale blue Catherine Walker gown to the premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Diana, Princess of Wales, announced her first pregnancy in November 1981, and openly discussed her experience with the press. She gave birth to William Arthur Philip Louis in a private wing of St. Mary's Hospital, and two years later to Henry Charles Albert David (known, of course, as Harry).

William and Harry's mother was the "People's Princess," one who cared deeply for dozens of causes, and related to the public easily. She was admired for being a hands-on mother and her boys adored her for it.

A fashion icon, Diana easily mastered pregnancy style of the 1980s -- just as Kate is acing pregnancy style today. The key? Maintaining a streamlined, classic silhouette (as Kate has done) and embracing comfortable, flowing dresses.

Click through the gallery to see Diana, handling her pregnancy years with grace.

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