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The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, shook the world. No one who lived through those days in the late summer of 1997 will ever forget the unprecedented outpourings of grief, shock, and anger that followed. And in the days leading up to her funeral, it seemed as if the whole of humanity had spontaneously united to mourn her loss.But who was this young woman who had The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, shook the world. No one who lived through those days in the late summer of 1997 will ever forget the unprecedented outpourings of grief, shock, and anger that followed. And in the days leading up to her funeral, it seemed as if the whole of humanity had spontaneously united to mourn her loss.But who was this young woman who had come to symbolize so much to so many? How was it that she could reach out to touch lives not only of whole communities but individuals, too? What lay behind her inspiration-and what will be the lasting impact of her legacy?No book yet written about Diana has come close to the person so many people speak of as having been a beacon of light in their lives. Here, for the first time, is the Diana that many of those closest to her knew. Written with the full cooperation of the late princess's estate, Diana: The Portrait tells Diana's story through her own words and the words of people, both famous, and, until now, unknown. Beautifully designed, it is a lavishly illustrated with nearly 500 images of Diana, including many pictures never previously published, taken from sources including the Spencer family archive, the Althorp Museum, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund archive, and the private collections of the friends, charities, and individuals whose lives she touched. Drawing on over 200 original interviews, including those of family members and friends, many of whom have never spoken before, this remarkable book will stand as a unique and lasting testament to the life and work of one of the extraordinary and enduring icons of the 20th century.


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The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, shook the world. No one who lived through those days in the late summer of 1997 will ever forget the unprecedented outpourings of grief, shock, and anger that followed. And in the days leading up to her funeral, it seemed as if the whole of humanity had spontaneously united to mourn her loss.But who was this young woman who had The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, shook the world. No one who lived through those days in the late summer of 1997 will ever forget the unprecedented outpourings of grief, shock, and anger that followed. And in the days leading up to her funeral, it seemed as if the whole of humanity had spontaneously united to mourn her loss.But who was this young woman who had come to symbolize so much to so many? How was it that she could reach out to touch lives not only of whole communities but individuals, too? What lay behind her inspiration-and what will be the lasting impact of her legacy?No book yet written about Diana has come close to the person so many people speak of as having been a beacon of light in their lives. Here, for the first time, is the Diana that many of those closest to her knew. Written with the full cooperation of the late princess's estate, Diana: The Portrait tells Diana's story through her own words and the words of people, both famous, and, until now, unknown. Beautifully designed, it is a lavishly illustrated with nearly 500 images of Diana, including many pictures never previously published, taken from sources including the Spencer family archive, the Althorp Museum, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund archive, and the private collections of the friends, charities, and individuals whose lives she touched. Drawing on over 200 original interviews, including those of family members and friends, many of whom have never spoken before, this remarkable book will stand as a unique and lasting testament to the life and work of one of the extraordinary and enduring icons of the 20th century.

30 review for Diana: The Portrait

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    What a beautiful book this is! Diana: The Portrait by Rosalind Coward has so many phenomenal photographs and portraits as well as en extremely thorough narrative by Ms. Coward of Diana, Princess of Wales, it makes me feel as though Princess Diana is still here. What a tragedy that she is not! I admired the Princess throughout her public life. She was a dynamic mother to fabulous sons, a fashion icon as she wore any and everything beautifully which is shown in this book, a dedicated patron of man What a beautiful book this is! Diana: The Portrait by Rosalind Coward has so many phenomenal photographs and portraits as well as en extremely thorough narrative by Ms. Coward of Diana, Princess of Wales, it makes me feel as though Princess Diana is still here. What a tragedy that she is not! I admired the Princess throughout her public life. She was a dynamic mother to fabulous sons, a fashion icon as she wore any and everything beautifully which is shown in this book, a dedicated patron of many charities which became only six at the time of her horrible death, an excellent Ambassador for Great Britain worldwide, and a truly compassionate person which is illuminated in this book. Diana: The Portrait is broken into the areas covered by the following partial statement and the final sentence of the eulogy her brother, Earl Charles Spencer, gave at her funeral on September 6, 1997. “-the unique, the complex, the extraordinary,...the irreplaceable. Diana whose beauty .....will never be extinguished from our minds.” These five parts contain 200 plus interviews and over 500 photographs - some never have been published before. My very favorite photos and interview are with Wayne Sleep, Diana’s dancing partner to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, at Friends Christmas Party at Covent Garden. The Princess wanted to dance for her husband, Prince Charles, as a “Christmas present”. Reading about this “Christmas present” made me smile and laugh. “She was hysterical with giggles just before we went on......Well, when she came on I’ve never heard 2500 people gasp at the same time. I made her do eight walks. Uptown, three, four, five, seven, eight, look at the audience, three four, five, six, seven, eight, in order for them to register it was her.......Then I gave her another eight steps. I knew what the audience was going to think.” “So we did a little bit of ballet in the routine, we did a bit of tap and then we did a big kick line from Chorus Line. It was perfectly up her street. And we made it funny. We did a one-up thing. She’d do a pirouette; I’d do a pirouette. She’d look at me, smug, push me down and kick over my head and go there, and walk away. It was so hysterical. And then when we did the kick line at the end.......it brought the house down......I think she developed self-confidence through doing this. The dance she did with me was the first that she showed complete defiance of what they wanted. And it was something none of the rest could do. It gave her strength......” Wayne Sleep. How fun and how talented! What a Christmas present that must have been! Princess Diana gave a great deal of herself in everything she did. The reader is able to see that in this throughout this book, and many of the good things she did were never caught by the press. She would do something just because she wished to do it. For example, having breakfast at 7:30 am with a patient in the hospital with whom she had become friends. Princess Diana was an extremely compassionate person. The statements made by people illustrates that they knew and understood her. “Lady Diana was the most beautiful symbol of humanity and love for all the world.” Luciano Pavarotti 1997. This book does tug at one’s heart, but it is also uplifting. I cannot recommend Diana: A Portrait highly enough. Beautifully done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Will Warnuu

    Blatant hero worship.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rose

    This is one FANTASTIC and important book that portrays the undeniable heart, soul and courage of Diana, Princess of Wales, who cared so much about people, and sought to make so many positive changes in our world. Diana is still a living example of taking what you've got in life, and turning it around to make lasting and positive change for others. The book is extraordinary! It is a HUGE, beautiful coffee table size book that captures the true Diana. Rosalind Coward did one outstanding job. This This is one FANTASTIC and important book that portrays the undeniable heart, soul and courage of Diana, Princess of Wales, who cared so much about people, and sought to make so many positive changes in our world. Diana is still a living example of taking what you've got in life, and turning it around to make lasting and positive change for others. The book is extraordinary! It is a HUGE, beautiful coffee table size book that captures the true Diana. Rosalind Coward did one outstanding job. This book is an inspiration, and brings the truth about Diana to light. She is still a beacon in the dark, and her causes, thanks to this book, will continue to help others, just as Diana would have wanted them to. A MUST Buy and Read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dhang Magracia

    Amazing book! Lots of photographs, stories, and never-before-seen photos of the People's Princess. Definitely, a good read. Amazing book! Lots of photographs, stories, and never-before-seen photos of the People's Princess. Definitely, a good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    amazing photos that show the human side of one of the most famous women in the world. makes you really miss her...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ryburn

    i love princess diana. i remember my mother waking us up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the royal wedding on tv. the old vhs recording of that day survives still in a cabinet above the television in the den of my mother's house. i will remember until the day i die the night diana was killed; i sat glued to the television for days afterward watching news coverage of british crowds leaving an ocean of flowers at the gates of kensington palace, the tidal wave of photos from her life, and i love princess diana. i remember my mother waking us up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the royal wedding on tv. the old vhs recording of that day survives still in a cabinet above the television in the den of my mother's house. i will remember until the day i die the night diana was killed; i sat glued to the television for days afterward watching news coverage of british crowds leaving an ocean of flowers at the gates of kensington palace, the tidal wave of photos from her life, and the funeral- william and harry, just boys, walking the distance between buckingham palace and westminster cathedral, her brother's eulogy, over and over again the media montage of her life. i simply think she is stunning. in her life and in her death she changed the face of royalty, for britain and the world. my husband asks me "what are we going to do with a book about princess diana?" i simply tell him that i will look at it over and over again, and probably make him look some, too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Lots of interesting stories of people that came into contact with Princess Di and the impact she had on the world. If she had received more training and support when first becoming Princess Di her story might have changed. Sad situation all around.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelby Merchant

    this book was not really a book but more like a profile on diana. if you wanted to know anything about diana its in this book. i give it a thumbs up!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rashmi

    It has some awesome pictures and its nice to read about her, since I always liked her!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Very beautiful telling of Diana's life and none of the junk. The book itself is the size of a coffee table book. Very beautiful telling of Diana's life and none of the junk. The book itself is the size of a coffee table book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tami

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    Brenda

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Cameron

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    Karen Knoke

  24. 5 out of 5

    Loni

  25. 5 out of 5

    LISA M Pappalardo

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kararaylewis

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Marco

  28. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

  29. 5 out of 5

    monica simpson jeannette

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Collins

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