Ten Times Princess Diana Dazzled at Awards Ceremonies

Meghan Markle's show stopping appearance at the NAACP Image Awards with Prince Harry this weekend highlights just how important image can be in the delivery of an important message.

Harry and Meghan's speech on racial justice and the current war in Ukraine was delivered while Meghan was wearing an impactful design by Christopher John Rogers. This was seemingly inspired by a dress worn by Meghan's mother-in-law, Princess Diana, in 1988.

Diana, like Meghan, understood the power of her wardrobe in making an impact. Here are just ten examples of how Diana dressed to draw attention to her charities at awards ceremonies during her lifetime.

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Princess Diana wears Jacques Azagury to the United Cerebral Palsy Awards in New York, on December 11, 1995. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images/Tim Graham

1. British Fashion Awards, London, 1989

Diana attended the inaugural British Fashion Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on October 17, 1989. For the event she wore a beaded white Catherine Walker dress and jacket created to emulate the royal style of Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary. The dress earned the nickname "Elvis Dress" and was sold in the 1997 auction of Diana's dresses to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Princess Diana, second right, presents an award at the first annual British Fashion Awards, wearing a white Catherine Walker dress, on October 17, 1989. Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

2. Relate Family Of The Year Awards, London, 1990

As a patron of the charity Relate, Diana presented at it's first ceremony celebrating the importance of the family unity. Wearing a yellow and black tailored suit the princess delivered an important speech drawing on her own experience of having divorced parents.

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Princess Diana wears a statement yellow suit as she delivers a heartfelt speech at the Relate Family of the Year Awards, on February 14, 1990. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Image/Tim Graham

3. Leprosy Mission Volunteers Awards, London, 1992

Following a visit to Indonesia in 1989, Diana became a patron of the Leprosy Mission in 1990. Championing the work of the charity's dedicated volunteers, Diana attended the 1992 awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace in a cream textured silk suit with statement buttons.

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Wearing a textured silk suit, Diana presents awards to volunteers of the Mission Leprosy charity, on October 14, 1992. Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

4. International Gala for Children, Versailles, 1994

Matching the splendor of Versailles, Diana attend the International Gala for Children in 1994 wearing a floor length black Catherine Walker dress designed to compliment the architectural details of the palace interiors.

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Wearing a Catherine Walker dress to compliment Versailles, Diana attends the International Gala for Children, on November 14, 1994. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

5. CFDA Fashion Awards, New York, 1995

When asked if she would present an award to her friend and style mentor Liz Tilberis at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards in New York, Diana flew on Concorde to do the honors. She wore a navy crepe dress with corded back detail by Catherine Walker and debuted a daring slicked back hairstyle. On this occasion a guest famously shouted to Diana on stage "move to New York!" which she responded to with a smile.

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Diana with friend Liz Tilberis at the Lincoln Center in New York for the CFDA awards, on January 30, 1995. Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images

6. United Cerebral Palsy Awards, New York, 1995

When accepting a humanitarian award in New York in 1995 during the fallout of her Panorama interview, Diana wore a flawless floor-length black evening dress with sequin details covering the bodice. Diana's dress was designed by London-based couturier Jacques Azagury.

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Diana gives an acceptance speech in a black Jacques Azagury gown in New York on December 11, 1995. Anwar Hussein/WireImage via Getty

7. Help The Aged Tunstall Golden Awards, London, 1995

To present at the Help the Aged Golden Awards in 1995 at the London Hilton, Diana dazzled in a chic tailored coat dress designed by her friend Catherine Walker and paired it with her favorite style of strapped shoes.

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Diana arrives at the London Hilton for the Help The Aged Tunstall Golden Awards on November 6, 1995. Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

8. Corporate Visions Award Gala, Chicago, 1996

Though 1996 proved to be a difficult year personally for Diana, in terms of her charity work she dedicated herself to a new model of humanitarian aid. On a whirlwind visit to Chicago just two months before she would officially divorce Prince Charles, Diana wore a show-stopping Versace gown in royal purple to a gala awards dinner.

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Diana dazzles in royal purple Versace in Chicago on June 5, 1996. Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

9. Pio Manzù Center Humanitarian Award, Italy, 1996

Following her divorce in August 1996, Diana was awarded a humanitarian honor by the Pio Manzù Center at a ceremony in the Italian resort of Rimini. Press attention was fierce but Diana stood out in a series of well-curated outfits.

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Diana during her visit to Rimini, Italy, to accept a humanitarian award in 1996. Alberto Pizzoli/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

10. The Daily Star Gold Awards, London, 1997

Just months before her tragic death, Diana presented awards at the Daily Star Gold Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London wearing a Catherine Walker pink suit with gold buttons. The princess delivered a speech on the importance of anti-landmine campaigning and paid tribute to victims of land-mine injuries.

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Just months before her tragic death, a radiant Diana wears Catherine Walker to The Savoy Hotel in London, on March 19, 1997. Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images