Princess Diana Ditched a Royal Tradition for a Heartwarming Reason

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It's been nearly 20 years since Princess Diana was tragically killed, but we're still finding new ways to love her. Kensington Palace is showcasing the princess's most iconic outfits through the years, and while we love the '80s and '90s fashion, we love finding out the reasons behind her choices even more.


For example, Diana eschewed the royal tradition of wearing gloves. It turns out she wasn't just trying to buck the patriarchy either. The curator of the exhibit, Eleri Lynn, pointed out that Diana used fashion to help her with her work, and that glove-less look had a purpose.

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Lynn revealed to People magazine, "She abandoned the royal protocol of wearing gloves because she liked to hold hands when visiting people or shake hands and have direct contact."

She also added, "When she was visiting hospitals for example she would wear cheerful clothes that would convey warmth and often chunky jewelry so that children could come and play with them." And just in case you were wondering why you didn't often see the princess in hats, Lynn explained, "She also stopped wearing hats because she said, 'You can't cuddle a child in a hat.'" 

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Ugh, we couldn't love her any more if we tried. No wonder Prince William eventually picked someone like Kate Middleton, who has continued her late mother-in-law's tradition of approachability and charity work. Kate can often be found visiting a children's center or hospice, getting down on their level and just having fun with them.

They may have never gotten the chance to meet, but it's obvious that Diana and Kate would've been two peas in a glove-less pod.

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