Today, 4th of October is the Swedish premiere for the film Diana, bearing Naomi Watts posing as the famous, and much loved, Princess of Wales.
The film tells the story of the last two years of Diana’s life, and her romance with eminent heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.
I was fortunate to attend the gala premiere in late September and if you love to see London on the screen, you will not be disappointed!
The film locations include Kensington Palace, the Princess’s home following her marriage to the Prince of Wales. (It is now the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George). Naturally you 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.
In the film, you will also see Naomi Watts take a jog in Kensington Gardens, as her character Diana.
This is also 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.
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 ideal place for a first date in the capital. The famous club has been going since 1959, with live jazz from internationally celebrated musicians seven nights a week. On Fridays and Saturdays the club operates two ‘houses’, the first from 6pm-10pm and the second 10.30pm-3am, for fun late-night romancing.
Outside of the capital, Diana and Hasnat go on a romantic visit to Beachy Head in East Sussex in the film. The chalk cliffs of Beachy Head are the UK’s highest, a fantastic place to visit. Romantic couples can stroll along the cliffs, visit the lighthouse and finish off with a pint at the Beachy Head pub.
The Princess often wore clothes by British designer Jacques Azagury, and loved luxury shopping paradise Knightsbridge, where his shop is located. It’s also where you’ll find department stores Harvey Nichols and Harrods, 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.
Azagury have also made most of the oufits that are worn by Naomi Watts in the film.
P.S If you live in Sweden and happen be a subscriber of the publication M Magasin, you can enter a competition with the chance win a trip for two to London and travel in the footsteps of the film.