Princess Diana Was the Most Fun Royal

Happy Birthday, Lady Di!

When it came to fulfilling her regal royal duties, Princess Diana went above and beyond. She supported charities fighting homelessness and the proliferation of inhumane weapons; she stood up for animal rights; she visited with victims of leprosy, HIV/AIDS and cancer—and not to mention made countless public appearances.

But aside from her many accomplishments, Princess Diana was also fun. Like, really fun. The kind of person you’d love to have on your family vacation, or even as a fabulous, fashionable gym buddy. As the below photos suggest, she might even warrant the illustrious title of Most Fun Royal Ever—sorry, Prince Harry.

Let’s celebrate Lady Di’s birthday by remembering her laid-back, fun-loving side.

The Princess of Wales got her surf on during a 1993 holiday to the British Virgin Islands:

Princess Diana got her surf on during a 1993 holiday to the British Virgin Islands. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana on a 1993 holiday to Nevis. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

That same trip, she also kicked back on a boat…

Princess Diana and a young Prince Harry on a 1993 trip to the British Virgin Islands.  (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana and a young Prince Harry on a 1993 trip to Nevis. (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

…and simply relaxed in the sand:

Princess Diana on a 1993 trip to Nevis.  (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana on a 1993 trip to Nevis. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

But don’t think cooler weather stopped Lady Di. Here she is on a ski trip with a young Prince Harry and pal Catherine Soames in Austria:

Princess Diana on a ski trip in Lech, Austria. (Photo: MARTIN KEENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana on a ski trip in Lech, Austria. (Photo: MARTIN KEENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lady Di was also a fan of amusement parks—log rides in particular, it seems:

Princess Diana on a 1993 trip to Disney World. (Photo credit: BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana on a 1993 trip to Disney World. (Photo credit: BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana was definitely a great travel partner. Here she is in Rio de Janeiro smiling cheekily for the camera:

Princess Diana on a 1991 trip to Brazil. (Photo: ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana on a 1991 trip to Brazil. (Photo: ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana enjoyed fun cultural outings, too. Here she is visiting with dancers from the English National Ballet after a performance of Swan Lake:

Princess Diana visiting with dancers from the English National Ballet.  (Photo: JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana visiting with dancers from the English National Ballet. (Photo: JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

Of course, she also frequented sporting events—like this 1995 tennis match in Hong Kong:

Princess Diana at the Hong Kong Open in 1995. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana at the Hong Kong Open in 1995. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The ultimate gym buddy? The Princess of Wales loved working out—and rocked some great gym outfits:

90s chic at its finest. (Photo: JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)

90s chic at its finest. (Photo: JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)

White sneakers under a long red peacoat? Why not? (Photo credit should read GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images)

White sneakers under a long red peacoat? Why not? (Photo: GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Diana Was the Most Fun Royal