30 Rare Photos of Princess Diana

Published on 12/04/2019
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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.

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30 Rare Pics Of Princess Diana

Ski Trip

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.

Skiing

Skiing

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 Whirlwind Romance

A Whirlwind Romance

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.

A National Holiday

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.

Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

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.

Ring The Bells

Ring The Bells

Independent Woman

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.

Independent Woman

Independent Woman

Wasting Away

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.

Wasting Away

Wasting Away

Early Troubles

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.

Early Troubles

Early Troubles

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.

Just Like Cinderella

Just Like Cinderella

The Nerves!

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!

The Nerves

The Nerves

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!

Watched By Millions

Watched By Millions

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!

The Forgotten Kiss

The Forgotten Kiss

Working Girl

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.

Working Girl

Working Girl

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.

Ex In Attendence

Ex In Attendance

Train Troubles

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!

Train Troubles

Train Troubles

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.

Tiara In Training

Tiara In Training

Red Flag

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.”

Red Flag

Red Flag

Another Love

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.

Another Love

Another Love

Heightened Security

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!

Heightened Security

Heightened Security

Safety First

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.

Safety First

Safety First

Wedding Gifts

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!

Wedding Gifts

Wedding Gifts

Misery Uncovered

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.

Misery Uncovered

Misery Uncovered

Distant Relations

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?

Distant Relations

Distant Relations

The Honeymoon

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…”

The Honeymoon

The Honeymoon

Dark Truth

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.

Dark Truth

Dark Truth

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!

A Hidden Gift

A Hidden Gift

Entering The Car

This picture reveals Diana before she was royalty. It was taken in 1980, and wow does she look elegant!

Entering The Car

Entering The Car

Landmine Victims

Lady Diana was a well known humanitarian. We loved her for this! Here she is in 1997 visiting landmine victims in Angola.

Volunteering With The Red Cross

Volunteering With The Red Cross

Oh, Harry!

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.

Green Outfit

Green Outfit

With Raine

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.

With Raine

With Raine

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.

On The Boat

On The Boat

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.

Big Hair

Big Hair

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!

On The Beach

On The Beach

Hunter Boots

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?

Hunter Boots

Hunter Boots

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!

With The Children

With The Children

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.

With Mother Teresea

With Mother Teresea

Austrailia Trip

Princess Di is on a royal tour of Austrailia in this picture from 1983. She is wearing a beautiful dress designed by Benny Ong.

Walking

Walking

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!

Volunteering

Volunteering

Thorpe Parke

In this pic, Diana is visiting Thorpe park with none other than Prince Harry. When? April 13, 1993.

Rafting

Rafting

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.

With The Car

With The Car

Black Hat

Diana is looking very young and stylish in this rare picture. It was snapped during a summer vacation in West Sussex in 1971.

Black Hat

Black Hat

Red Dress

The beautiful Princess of Wales is visiting a hospital in England in 1989 in this rare picture.

Red Dress

Red Dress

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.

Elegant White Dress

Elegant White Dress

Revenge Dress

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!

Revenge Dress

Revenge Dress

Grey Dress

In 1995, Princess Diana sported another Catherine Walker suit when she arrived at the London’s Serpentine Gallery.

Grey Dress

Grey Dress

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.

Catherine Walker Suit

Catherine Walker Suit

Easter Service

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.

Easter Service

Easter Service

In Spain

Princess Diana is looking just fabulous in Spain. This picture was taken in 1987 in Majorca, Spain.

In Spain

In Spain

In Bangkok

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!

In Bangkok

In Bangkok

How Elegant

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!

How Elegant

How Elegant

In Gingham

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?

Gingham

Gingham

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!

Looking Amazing As Always

Looking Amazing As Always

Summer Dress

Princess Diana is looking really summery here! We totally love it! She was visiting the Alice Springs in Austrailia’s Northern Territory.

Summer Dress

Summer Dress

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.

Home Garden With The Kids

Home Garden With The Kids

Bruce Oldfield Dress

This picture is from a vacation Lady Diana took in Venice in 1985. Her dress was designed by Bruce Oldfield.

Bruce Oldfield Dress

Bruce Oldfield Dress

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.

Dancing-With-John-Travolta

Dancing-With-John-Travolta

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!

Attending-an-Opera-in-Milan

Attending-an-Opera-in-Milan

Teddy Boy

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.

Teddy-Boy

Teddy-Boy

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.

After-William-Was-Born

After-William-Was-Born

Honeymooning

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.

Honeymooning

Honeymooning

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.

The-Peoples-Princess

The-Peoples-Princess

Engagement Photo

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.

Engagement-Photo

Engagement-Photo

Royal Couple

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.

Royal-Couple

Royal-Couple

Wedding Dress

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!

Wedding-Dress

Wedding-Dress

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!

In The Details

In The Details

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.

Nuptials

Tying The Knot

Just Married

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.

The Royal Couple

Just Married

I do!

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.

Kiss

I do!

An Infant

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!

The Young Prince

An Infant

Say Cheese

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!

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

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.

Princess Diana Prince William And Prince Harry

A Loving Mother

Vacation

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.

Holiday

Vacation

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!?

Princess Diana And Prince Harry

Princess Diana And Prince Harry

The Vatican

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.

Pope John Paul II

The Vatican

The Reagans

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.

Washington D.C.

The Reagans

The Capital

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.

Another Visit To Washington D.C.

The Capital

Japan

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!

Kyoto

Japan

Speaking Out

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.

Aids Advocate

Speaking Out

Cannes 1987

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.

Jedi Knight And Princess

Cannes 1987

Adolescence

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!

Teenage Diana With Her Pet Pony

Adolescence

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.

Working At A Kindergarten

Before She Went, Royal

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!

Leaving The Ritz

Leaving The Ritz

Her Rock

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.

Showing Off The Ring

Her Rock

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.

On A Beautiful Yacht

Trip To The Sea

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.

Wedding Day Kiss

The Second Kiss

Quality Time

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!

Honeymoon In Scotland

Quality Time

Parliament 1982

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.

 

Parliament Opening

Parliament 1982

The Christening

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!

After Williams Christening

After Williams Christening

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!

Riding In A Land Rover

Parade In A Land Rover

Baby Prince

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.

Holding Prince William

Baby Prince

Kensington Palace

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.

Sitting In The Garden At Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

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