Princess Diana was one of the most pictured women in the world! Her every move was documented in the 80s and 90s by paparazzi. Her death took the world by storm, and many point their fingers at the insane tabloid culture. While it does seem like she was always in the spotlight, we have collected several rare pictures that give a more intimate look into her life. Enjoy the following pictures that show a very special side of Diana before her life came to an end.
Here you see the lovely Princess Diana, William and Harry hit the slopes in Austria. This picture was taken when Harry was only 9! How cute was he? This picture was first released to the public in 1994.
A Whirlwind Romance
The media may say otherwise, but in all honesty, Charles and Diana didn’t know each other that well before they tied the knot. After only twelve dates the couple announced their engagement to the world.
A National Holiday
The wedding between Charles and Diana was so extravagant that it was declared a national holiday. This holiday took place on July 29, 2981. The citizens of the UK citizens were so overjoyed by the wedding that they wanted to be part of the madness. Thus, why they declared it a national holiday.
Let Them Eat Cake
Their wedding was an over the top extravaganza. Are you aware that they had a total of 27 wedding cakes? The official cake was designed and made by David Avery, the lead baker at the Royal Naval cooking school. Back in 2014 a piece of the 33-year-old cake was auctioned off for $1,375.
Ring the Bells
There was a lot of controversy and debate surrounded Diana’s wedding details. Did you know she chose her engagement ring from a catalog? Most royal engagement rings are customed designs but Diana chose hers, which consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire set in white gold from a Garrard jewelry collection catalog. When she passed away it was passed down to Kate Middleton.
Diana was the first bride in royal history to go against royal protocol in terms of her wedding vows. In general, royal brides are expected to read traditional wedding vows. However, Diana took out the word “obey” when she recited her wedding vows. This was a major story and even made headlines. Kate and William followed her example when they walked down the aisle in 2011.
Wedding stress can be a lot for any bride, and for Princess Diana, it was too much to bear! She appeared stress and it took a toll on her appearance. Before the big day, she began to shed some pounds and it caused an issue for her with fitting in her dress. She even has 15 extensive fittings to make the dress fit properly. “Every time she turned up for a fitting, she had lost more weight,” noted Elizabeth Emmanuel in an interview. “We put it down to nerves. But it did make it incredibly difficult for us to get on with making the dress.” The morning of the wedding she was sewed into the dress.
When the wedding was approaching Charles began to experience some nerves. According to Sally Beddel Smith (royal biographer) in her book about Prince Charles, she said that Charles was still in love with his ex, Camilla Parker-Bowers. He was pressured by his father to end the relationship with her and marry Diana. Smith claims the Prince shed tears the night before marrying Diana. Charles very publicly rekindled his affair with Camilla after Prince William and Harry were born.
Just Like Cinderella
Not only were designers scrambling around, stressing about Diana’s dress, but something else as well. Diana is a little bit taller than other people and she needed shorter heels. Cobbler Clive Shilton explained, “Her main concern was that she wouldn’t appear taller than Prince Charles, and because she was very tall — 5ft 10in — the shoes would have to have a low heel.” Each slipper was very beautiful and detailed. Each one of a kind silk slipper was covered in 542 sequins and 132 pearls and had a “C” and “D” with a love heart painted on the shoes’ hidden arch.
Not only was Charles nervous but Diana was so nervous that when she made it to the altar she called her future husband by the wrong name! She called him Philip Charles Arthur George instead of just Charles Philip!
Watched by Millions
The royal wedding was an international event that everyone wanted to be part of. It was streamed live and watched by over 3,500 guests. It was broadcasted in 74 countries and watched by 750 million people worldwide! It is still the most-watched royal wedding in history!
The Forgotten Kiss
Prince Charles was so nervous on the big day and this was clear to everyone! In a normal marriage, the bride and groom culminate their vows with a kiss at the end, too bad Prince Charles was nervous that he forgot! The two later kissed on the balcony as millions watched and cheered!
Before Diana was part of the royal family, she was a normal girl like you and me. She lived a normal life with a regular job. She was even the first royal bride to have her income before her engagement. She worked as a kindergarten teacher assistant.
Ex in Attendance
Diana was always aware of Charles’ feelings for his ex Camilla. She was invited to the wedding, which Diana agreed to. However, she did refuse to have her attend the more exclusive wedding breakfast that occurred before the nuptials.
the designers of Diana’s 25-foot train didn’t consider how difficult it would be to walk in and it ended up causing some problems on the wedding day. The wedding dress designers weren’t sure of the size of the carriage she would be riding in. The dress and its train ended up being a little-crushed inside the carriage because of this. When she exited the carriage, there were visible wrinkles on her dress and the train. Oh no!
Tiara in Training
Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, comments that her elaborate tiara gave her a headache! During an interview, he said, “In the evening we all went to a sort of semi-private party and she was there and she seemed incredibly relaxed and happy and I just remember she had a cracking headache too because she wasn’t used to wearing a tiara all morning.” Regardless, Diana wore the Spencer Tiara, which had been in Diana’s family for almost a century.
It wasn’t always smooth sailing for these two, there was some trouble in paradise from the start. There are quite a few examples of Charles’s hesitation with his marriage to Diana. For example, when their engagement was confirmed in 1981, a reporter asked the two if they were in love. Diana said, “Of course,” while Charles said, “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”
Well, yet another wedding fails to add to the list. Princess Diana spilled an entire bottle of perfume on her dress when she was simply trying to dab some on herself. It was her favorite scent by Quelques Fleure. This silly mistake left a stain on the dress that the princess covered with her hand and her bouquet throughout the ceremony.
Everyone wanted to be part of this national holiday that security became a big issue for this day. According to the New York Times, extra security was added to guarantee no funny business. The security measures reportedly cost up to $110 million!
Of course, the press was incredibly desperate to sneak some pictures of Diana’s dress. As we mentioned she and the dress designers (Emanuel’s) took unprecedented security measures when designing the dress. They ripped up sketches after showing them to Diana just in case nobody would sneak in and take a peek. They also installed a safe in their studio to keep the designs safe and in secret.
The couple received incredible gifts, well that’s a given. The Reagans sent the royal couple an engraved Steuben glass bowl and also a handmade porcelain centerpiece! Both were truly spectacular. This is just one of the many amazing gifts they received. They also got a special whiskey from Scotland, a matching diamond and sapphire watch, and even 100-year-old silk mittens!
Diana had a happy face on the day of her wedding, but she still had a bit of misery too. In 2017, hidden footage was released that shows Princess Diana looking rather sade she is sitting conversing with her friend Peter Settlen. The footage showed her describing her wedding day as “the worst day of my life.” She added, “If I could write my script I would have my husband go away with his woman and never come back.” She was referring to Camilla.
A hidden secret was revealed after the couple tied the knot. They were related, distant cousins! They were distant cousins! Both Diana and Charles were 16th cousins once removed as they were both descendants of Tudor King, Henry VII. Pretty interesting, right?
When the honeymoon came around this was the perfect opportunity for the two of them to spend much-needed quality time together. They took a cruise on the Mediterranean. However, when a conversation between the couple was revealed this is what they heard, “The honeymoon was a perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep…”
Many people assumed Diana was rapidly losing weight because of her wedding day nerves. However, new video footage shows that there may more to the story. Charles allegedly commented Diana that “set something off” in her. He grabbed her waist and said, “Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?” It’s possible that this comment influenced Diana to develop an eating disorder. She reportedly went from a 29-inch waist down to 23.5 inches before her big wedding day.
A Hidden Gift
Charles made several insensitive comments and this is part of the reason it was difficult for her to ignore his relationship with Parker-Bowels. Camilla and the Prince had nicknames for each other: Fred and Gladys. Also, just weeks before the wedding, Charles gave Camilla a bracelet with G and F inscribed on it. Diana only noticed this later. It’s shocking that Diana still allowed Camilla to attend the wedding, or that she even wanted to!
Entering The Car
This picture reveals Diana before she was royalty. It was taken in 1980, and wow does she look elegant!
Lady Diana was a well known humanitarian. We loved her for this! Here she is in 1997 visiting landmine victims in Angola.
Of course, Harry! Here he is doing his signature move. In this rare picture, you see Harry sticking out his tongue at the crowds surrounding Buckingham Palace.
In this picture, you see Raine Spencer with her stepdaughter, Princess Di. The media dubbed her a “wicked stepmother” due to her tumultuous relationship with Diana before she died.
On The Boat
This photo is especially rare. It was taken just days before Princess Diana’s life sadly came to an end. She is seen with her new beau, Dodi Rayed. He is the son of an Egyptian billionaire! The couple just finished a vacation in the south of France just days before the car crash that ended Diana’s life occurred.
All About The Hair
Princess Diana’s hair was always a subject to talk about when she was alive. Here is a classic pic of her from way back in 1988. She looks happy while showing off her new hairstyle at a state reception in Melbourne.
On The Beach
Princess Diana looks like she is having the time of her life and is enjoying a summer of fun on the beach! We just love her animal print bathing suit. It is super cute!
Princess Diana was a notorious trendsetter. Check out her boots in this picture. Years before the brand Hunter became a huge fad, she wore them. We really dig them! Don’t you?
With The Children
In this rare pic, Princess Diana is gracefully holding Prince William at Kensington Palace. This picture was taken in 1983. At the time, Prince William was only 8 months old and so, so cute!
Trip To India
This one is a classic for sure! It is none other than Mother Teresa! She is seen here holding Princess Di’s hand in India in 1992.
Princess Di is on a royal tour of Austrailia in this picture from 1983. She is wearing a beautiful dress designed by Benny Ong.
The People’s Princess
Princess Di was often referred to as “The People’s Princess,” due to her humanitarianism. Here is some evidence. We think she was an incredible role model!
In this pic, Diana is visiting Thorpe park with none other than Prince Harry. When? April 13, 1993.
With The Car
This picture is from way back in the day. It was taken on June 16, 1981, to be exact. This picture was taken of Diana in Windsor just after the Ascot races ended.
Diana is looking very young and stylish in this rare picture. It was snapped during a summer vacation in West Sussex in 1971.
The beautiful Princess of Wales is visiting a hospital in England in 1989 in this rare picture.
Elegant White Dress
This picture was taken in 1990 when Diana was on an official visit to Hungary. She is seen showing off a beautiful Catherine Walker dress. She was a big fan of the designer and often wore some amazing pieces she designed.
This is probably Princess Di’s most remembered look ever. Here you see the epic “revenge” dress. It was designed by Christina Stambolian. She wore this dress the same night that Prince Charles admitted to being an adulterer in 1994. What a shame, but at least she looked amazing!
In 1995, Princess Diana sported another Catherine Walker suit when she arrived at the London’s Serpentine Gallery.
Catherine Walker Suit
Catherine Walker is just perfect on Diana every single time! This picture is from 1989 when Diana was on an official tour of the Gulf States.
Here you see the entire Royal Family while they are attending an Easter service in 1989. The service was held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Princess Diana is looking just fabulous in Spain. This picture was taken in 1987 in Majorca, Spain.
Here you see Lady Diana Spencer while she was visiting Bangkok. We really love this look on her! Everything from her hair, to sunglasses, to skirt are really unique and amazing!
This is one of Diana’s signature looks. Here she is wearing a classy white button-down shirt. It is so, so elegant we very much approve!
Princess Diana was on a trip in Gingham looking adorable at the time this picture was taken. It is from 1986. We especially like her pants, don’t you?
Looking Amazing As Always
Princess Diana is pure perfection in this picture. She is seen visiting the Royal Ascot races with Charles. Look at those hats!
Princess Diana is looking really summery here! We totally love it! She was visiting the Alice Springs in Austrailia’s Northern Territory.
Home Garden With The Kids
This picture is of the entire Royal Family! It was taken in 1986 when the family was at the Highgrove House.
Bruce Oldfield Dress
This picture is from a vacation Lady Diana took in Venice in 1985. Her dress was designed by Bruce Oldfield.
Dancing With John Travolta
This photograph is simply beautiful! Let’s just say that John Travolta must have been thrilled to have been able to share a dance with Princess Diana in 1985. This picturesque occasion was during her visit to the White House while touring America.
Attending An Opera in Milan
Now this Victor Edelstein dress is simply to die for! When attending an opera in Milan this is how the royals make an appearance!
Those captivating eyes and that “teddy boy” look combined was a sight to see in 1984. Diana was visiting London, but it seemed that the city came to see her.
After William Was Born
In 1982, shortly after the birth of their son, Prince William, the royal couple share a moment out in the public eye.
Moments after entering the jet that would fly her off to her honeymoon in 1981, Princess Di smiles and waves to the crowds seeing her off.
The People’s Princess
As if she needed the jewels to make a sparkling impression at the Tate Gallery in London on July 1st, 1997.
One of the most famous photos of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace shortly after they announced that they were engaged. The date is February 24th, 1981.
My, how young they look! The newly engaged couple embark on their first trip together. This photo was taken on March 9th, 1981, captures the pair on their way to a charity event at the Goldsmith’s Hall in London.
People were dying to see the dress that Princess Diana would wear at her wedding. Jaws dropped when they saw the living angel walk out with a train that was so magnificent.. and 22 feet long!
In The Details
Diana’s wedding dress holds the record for the longest train in the history of royal weddings. It was detailed with 10,000 of her mother’s pearls and sequins. But it gets better. The train was 25 feet! It was a silk-taffeta custom design that costs over $115,000!
Tying The Knot
They day finally arrived and the two look impeccable! Here is the stunning couple just before they walked down the aisle. Diana’s dress was so difficult to walk in but she looks like she did a great job to us.
After the ceremony ended, the couple was seeen greeting their fans. The whole world was tuning into the ceremony and wanted to be part of the experience. It was incredibly kind of them to say hello to their followers. This was the first time the public saw them as a married couple.
After they said I do this photo was taken to capture the intimate kiss they shared. Kissing after vows are exchanged is such an important part of the ceremony and good thing they got such a beautiful photo of their first kiss as a married couple.
This photo was taken outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London on June 22, 1982, when Prince William was only an infant. This picture was taken a very long time ago but they look so cute and happy!
Family portraits are quite difficult but this royal family seemed to make it work! This portrait was taken at Kensington Palace on October 6th, 1984. The whole gang made it into this photo, including both Princes!
A Loving Mother
This is a photo of Diana will she is holding Prince William, but also pregnant with Prince Harry. What a great photo! On top of it all, she looks beautiful! Pink is surely her color.
While enjoying a vacation with her son, Princess Diana looks amazing as always. They are getting the chance to spend great quality time together and they look closer than ever! What a happy family they are.
Mother and Son
This is a rare photo. Princess Diana is captured while playing with her son Prince Harry on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Not the first photo that we will see of her on this yacht. How cute is he!?
Back on August 29, 1985, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Pope John Paul II gathered all together at the Vatican. It was a beautiful experience and a picture that most have not yet to see.
The Reagans are good friends of the royals and during an official visit to the white house, president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan welcomed the couple with open arms. This occurred on November 9, 1985.
On November 10, 1985, Prince Charles delivered a speech at the National Gallery of Art. Princess Diana was photoed just minutes before as she supports her husband while looking extra stylish and beautiful.
In 1986 Diana took an exciting trip to Kyoto, Japan where she tried on a beautiful Japanese Kimono. It suits her perfectly and we are so glad we got it on camera! She loved this trip and looks extra stylish here!
Diana is seen here as an Aids advocate, visiting a patient at Middlesex Hospital located in London. Diana did this often but this photo specifically pictured on April 19, 1987. Diana loves to give back in any way that she can.
While attending the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 1987, Princess Diana was seen with a famous actor. She attended many important events but this one was extremely enjoyable! She looks just beautiful as well.
Here is the cutest picture of Diana you probably have not seen. Teenage Diana Spencer is photoed with her pet pony Scuffle. She loved this pony as a child and we love this photo of her even more!
Before She Went, Royal
Before her life completely changed, Princess Diana had many average jobs like nannying, restaurants and being a teacher’s assistant. This photo taken in 1980 is from her days at the Young England Kindergarten. Before she joined the royal family.
Princess Margeret Turns 50
Back in 1980, Princess Diana was seen exiting the birthday party of her dear friend Princess Margaret. The party was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in London. She looks so elegant in that long black coat!
Diana’s engagement ring was remarkable. Everyone was desperate to get a glimpse of it after hearing all the rumors. Days after their engagement was announced, Diana’s infamous ring made from a combination of sapphire and diamond was pictured.
Trip To The Sea
At the beginning of their honeymoon around the Mediterranean, the couple was seen on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Now, this looks like something we’re interested in! What a relaxing way to spend quality time together.
The Second Kiss
Prince Charles forgot to kiss his new wife on their wedding day so instead, the two shared a more romantic one on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. It was out in the open for the world to see and the citizens of the UK went wild.
Back in 1981, the happy couple took their honeymoon trip to Scottland where they were pictured looking incredibly stylish! The two look so in love and really know how to look good while doing so!
No matter the occasion Princess Diana always looks strikingly beautiful. This photo was taken right before she attended the parliament opening in 1982. No matter the event, you can always count on Princess Diana to steal your attention.
This photo is by far one of the best we have seen! This photo was taken on August 4, 1982, just minutes after Prince Williams’s christening. They gathered together for a beautiful group shot. Prince William is resting so peacefully!
Parade In A Land Rover
This photo is extremely rare and most people haven’t actually seen it. Princess Diana is riding in a huge Land Rover during a trip to Australia. She is so friendly and even speaking directly to one of her followers!
Taking on February 1, 1983, The happy couple is pictured as they confidently put their baby son Prince William on display in Kensington Palace. Don’t they just look like the perfect family?! Princess Diana is so beautiful.
This is a photo of Prince William when he was 18 months old. Charles and Diana loved sitting with their son here in the garden in Kensington Palace and would visit this spot very often.