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Diana portrait exhibition opens
Portrait of Princess Diana with princes William and Harry by John Swannell
The exhibition spans 16 years of Diana's life
A photographic exhibition documenting the high-profile life of Diana, the Princess of Wales, has opened at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of her death, the display focuses on her life as a royal wife, mother, charity worker and international fashion icon.

It is intended to show the development of Diana's image from shy teenager to "glamorous and sophisticated" woman.

The display includes work by David Bailey, Lord Snowdon and Mario Testino.

Public and private life

Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition covers the years from her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 to her last public charitable campaign in 1997.

Featuring a portrait of Diana and her two sons by John Swannell it shows the public and private side of her life.

A shot from the Mario Testino shoot of 1997, which caused a sensation due to its relaxed informality, is also included in the display.

Testino said: "My original reaction was to photograph her in her traditional role as the fairytale princess.

"Then I realised that the most exciting image you could hope to see of her was as if you were alone in private with her."

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