49 photos that trace Princess Diana's style evolution from '80s ingenue to the people's princess

The late royal still provides wardrobe inspiration for many to this day

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It has been 40 years since she was first thrust into the public eye and yet Diana, Princess of Wales, is as much a style icon today as she was back then.

The late royal, born Lady Diana Spencer, rose to fame in 1980 as the love interest of Prince Charles, the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II.

The next-in-line to the British throne and the former nursery teacher's assistant became engaged in 1981, marrying later that same year. However, after welcoming their sons William and Harry, the relationship soured, with the two divorcing officially in 1996, just one year before Diana's tragic death in a car crash in Paris.

Now, more than 20 years after her death, the princess's innate sense of style is in the spotlight once more, as she is welcomed into the royal family as part of hit Netflix biopic, The Crown.

The show, which charts Queen Elizabeth II's long-standing reign, features newcomer Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer in season four, which has just landed on the streaming platform.

Here, as Diana's most famous outfits are reimagined for the small screen, we take a look back through her sartorial history to discover why she became known as a trendsetter as well as a philanthropist and the people's princess.

Scroll through the gallery above to see more images of Diana, Princess of Wales through the years.