Princess Diane was not only a very beautiful woman but she also had the body as well as these bikini pictures prove. As Britain remembers their beloved princess, it’s fitting that we Americans remember what we liked about her. Style, grace, beauty and body, is truly an unbeatable combination.
To look at photographs of Diana in swimsuits and bikinis on holiday beaches is to be struck once again by how far ahead of the times she was.
In the sun, openly swimming, exercising, playing around, laughing and flexing her sensationally long legs, this was a whole other side of Diana: the side that made her look and feel young, happy and healthy. Indeed, she personifies the athletic, ‘real-body’ physique that has become today’s ideal.
Diana Spencer was a sporty schoolgirl. She won swimming and diving cups, played tennis and adored ballet, as photos of her in a leotard and pointe shoes in the garden at Althorp show.
When she grew up and married, those interests stayed with her. In the late Eighties, she’d swim 20 lengths every morning, often in the Buckingham Palace pool. She worked out with a trainer, first at the BiMAL sports therapy gym in Chiswick, West London, in the mid to late-Eighties, and later at the Chelsea Harbour Club, where her daily regimen involved lifting weights.
The many summer holiday pictures show Diana in her swimsuits, stunningly at ease with the way she looked on beaches and yachts.
On that last cruise with Dodi Fayed, she surely must have been aware of the cameras.
As the world watched her striking balletic poses, performing high dives off the deck and stretching elegantly along the side of the boat, she perhaps consciously posed, creating the super-toned images that have now passed into history.
Whatever she intended by them, they’re sensational.
How two-pieces became one
Make no mistake, Diana had an extensive beachwear wardrobe.
Cameras had been banned during her honeymoon with Charles on the Royal Yacht Britannia, but from the mid-Eighties onwards, the paparazzi snapped her on beaches and boats — in the Caribbean in winter and the Mediterranean in summer.