Fashion designer to Princess Diana dies

French-born fashion designer Catherine Walker, a favourite of Britain's late princess Diana, has died of cancer aged 65, Walker's family said on Sunday.

Walker died in hospital near her Sussex home, southern England, on Thursday.

Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, was buried in a black dress designed by Walker.

Walker's family said in a statement: "Catherine Walker overcame young widowhood and fought cancer twice with enduring bravery.

"She built one of the most successful British couture brands and at the same time raised a loving family. Catherine Walker has dressed many of the world's most beautiful women."

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