Diana on Screen: the British Locations in the Hotly Anticipated Movie

The film Diana opened in Britain last September 20. Interest in the release has been brewing for far longer though, as the cast of the film have been spotted filming around Britain enacting the last two years of Diana’s life, and her romance with eminent heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.

Some of the outfits Naomi Watts has been seen in during filming were made by British designer Jacques Azagury. The costumes in Diana were always bound to be beautiful, given the Princess’s love of fashion.

The Princess often wore Azagury, and loved luxury shopping destination Knightsbridge, where his shop is located. It’s also where department stores Harvey Nichols and Harrods are located, the boutiques of famous designers like Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as some of Diana’s favourite restaurants, like classic Italian San Lorenzo www.sanlorenzolondon.co.uk.

One of the most glamorous Azagury creations Watts has been pictured in is a beaded sky blue gown that replicates one worn by the Princess on a visit to see the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall in Knightsbridge. Diana was a Patron of the ENB and adored the ballet. Going from strength to strength under the current direction of Spanish Ballerina Tamara Rojo, the company’s 2014 season will include Romeo and Juliet at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.

Watts was also pictured recreating Diana’s visit to the Royal Opera House for a fundraiser in a gold evening dress; the ROH is home to the Royal Opera for Royal Ballet.

As the most famous woman in the world, Diana sometimes went out in disguise to avoid being recognised. Naomi Watts donned a brunette wig for filming with Naveen Andrew (who plays Diana’s love interest Dr Hasnat Khan in the film) at Soho jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. The famous club has been going since 1959, with live jazz from internationally celebrated musicians seven nights a week.

Kensington Palace is likely to feature in the film, as it was the Princess’s home following her marriage to the Prince of Wales. It is now the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – the couple will move into renovated apartments along with baby Prince George in the autumn. Naturally visitors can’t go to the private side of Kensington Palace where the Royals reside, however you can explore the public part of the Palace and admire elegant dresses at Fashion Rules, an exhibition of glamorous dresses worn by The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Diana herself. www.hrp.org.uk.

Kensington Gardens was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, but is now open to the public and managed by Royal Parks, just like Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park and St James’s Park. It’s where you’ll find the Diana Memorial Playground, which opened in 2000 in memory of the Princess and her love of the innocence of childhood.

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