These Rarely Seen Photos of Princess Diana Are Stunning
Although we lost her 23 years ago, the Princess of Wales is still on the mind—and in the hearts—of many.
Family picnic with her teeniest prince charming
August 31, 2020, marks the 23rd anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Her sons, Princes William and Harry, have helped keep her memory alive in many ways, including helping to produce a documentary released for the 20th anniversary. We think the best way to keep her memory alive is to celebrate her life, and these powerful photos do just that.
Belle of the ball
In 1995, Princess Diana paid a visit to the White House and naturally stunned in a dark blue Victor Edelstein gown. Even though she danced with actor John Travolta, all eyes were on the former ballerina; she was the one with the most elegant moves.
The unconditional love between mum and son
No one ever questioned Princess Diana’s unconditional love for her sons, Princes William and Harry, and this photo just proves it. Whether they were apart for a few days or a few months, the look on her face says it all. She couldn’t be happier!
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A jolly good time with her favorite lads
In 1993, the royal family let loose with a trip to Thorpe Park, where Diana rode along on the amusement park rides with her sons.
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Princess Diana speaks with Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, while waiting for the state visit of the Italian president. Throughout Diana’s reign as the people’s princess, women around the world would mimic her impeccable fashion sense.
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Belly-aching laughs with her sisters
The camera caught Princess Diana in a rare moment of pure joy while leaving the Royal Opera House in 1995. Her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, must have been in on the joke, too!
Pretty in pastels
All of the royal women donned pastels for the annual Trooping the Colour parade in 1992. As they stood on the balcony in this photo, they watched the British Royal Navy fly past. Learn why Queen Elizabeth wears bright outfits all the time.
The real-life Cinderella
In her white and pink strapless evening dress, the Princess of Wales was the belle of the ball during the 1988 British royal tour of Australia. Prince Charles obviously couldn’t take his eyes off of her!
Bicycling with the boys
A family bike ride while on holiday in the Scilly Isles inevitably turned into a photo shoot for the young royals. Since family outings like these were rare, Princess Diana soaked up the time she could spend with her boys.
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The wee cops of England
Princes William and Harry got to dress up as their heroes—police officers—for a day. Diana supervises from the background—most likely to make sure they don’t take off on that motorbike!
The Brits in their beige power suits
Princess Diana and Prince Charles knocked their iconic power couple image out of the park during their visit to Cameroon in 1990. It’s just proof that beige doesn’t have to be bland!
Hitting the slopes
The royal couple was just getting ready for their ski vacation of 1984 in Liechtenstein when they posed for this photo. Diana’s effortless and sporty outfit proves she could look cool no matter what she was doing.
Looking fresh as a daisy
This photo of the late Princess of Wales from 1993 shows her looking as fresh as that bouquet of flowers. Next to her is Jenny Bianco, Lord Mayor of Westminster. Here, they were photographed at Centrepoint, an organization that provides housing for homeless youth in England and throughout the United Kingdom.
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An intimate chat with the “People’s Princess”
Just a few years before her tragic death, Princess Diana visited Sylvia Killick, the only woman resident at the time at the London Lighthouse, a center for people with AIDS.
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Sailing the ocean blue
Despite the safety features of those bright orange life vests, the Princess of Wales would rather not have the vests clash with her powder blue suit jacket. Even when traveling by sea she looks stunning!
A Happy Christmas fit for a princess
When you’re a part of the royal family, there is no such thing as tacky Christmas sweater photos. Here we see Princess Diana with her boys, William and Harry, in their Christmas day best in 1994. Check out these rarely seen photos of Princess Diana and Prince William.
First one to the finish line gets to be a princess
If anyone could look good mid-action, it would be Princess Diana. She was the only fashion icon who could get away with wearing dangly earrings, a cardigan, and a skirt during a field race. Having short hair probably also helped in that race, too. Here’s the full story behind Diana’s iconic haircut!
Powder blue to brighten up those gray skies
Even if the skies weren’t blue, Princess Diana never let gloomy London fog put a damper on her outfits or her attitude. Plus, she could never look bad holding the hand of the young Prince Harry.
Embracing different cultures
While visiting Noorpour Shahan, a small village in Pakistan, Princess Diana wore a traditional garland over her light pink and blue-trimmed skirt suit. She always managed to respect all cultures and people no matter where she was.
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She even makes plaid look couture
If you thought that long plaid skirts were reserved for Catholic schoolgirls, think again. This rare photo of Princess Diana in the 1980s shows how she always took fashion risks.
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Confidence was her best accessory
Subtle accessories like a pearl necklace, scarf and woven wicker basket tote bag are what proved Princess Diana to be a style icon for every generation.
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The sweetest giggle
They say laughter is the best medicine and looks good on everyone. We wonder what made Princess Diana giggle in this rare photo of her from the ’80s! Next, check out Princess Diana’s most memorable quotes.