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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Check out these fascinating facts most people don’t know about Princess Diana.

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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.

Put your royals knowledge to the test and see if you can identify the British royal by their childhood pictures.

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Forever chic

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.

Find out the story behind Princess Diana’s revenge dress.

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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!

Here are 13 times Princess Diana’s body language told the whole story.

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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.

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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!

Here’s how Diana spent the final weeks of her life.

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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.

Here’s why William and Harry are haunted by their final conversation with Princess Diana.

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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!

Find out how Prince Harry coped with Princess Diana’s death.

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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!

Here’s how Prince Charles hid his affair from Princess Diana.

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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.

This is what really happened between Diana and Prince Charles.

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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.

Did you know that Princess Diana had a secret backup wedding dress?

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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.

Find out about the letter the Queen wrote after Princess Diana’s death.

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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!

Here are 13 things we still don’t know about Princess Diana’s death.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Here’s why Princess Diana thought Harry would make a better king than William.

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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.

Here’s the real reason Princess Diana gave that infamous interview to BBC’s Panorama.

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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.

Discover 10 Princess Diana facts most people don’t know.

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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.

Step back in time to see what Kensington Palace looked like after Princess Diana’s death.

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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.

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