Poking around the internet over the last while, we’ve come across some interesting candid photos we thought you’d enjoy, so let’s dive in!
This carefree photo of Diana (on the right) and a friend may have been taken while she was either finishing up at her boarding school West Heath or while she was Institut Alpin Videmanette, the finishing school in Switzerland she attended for a short while. Do any of you out there know when this was taken?
This casual shot was taken of a 17 year old Diana while she was working as a nanny for the daughter of a family friend. The family’s former au pair Marion her Reehorst came for a visit and took this photo.
When she shared this photograph in 2007, she recalled: “Diana was very sweet and giggly but quite shy and unconfident. I made her laugh when I told her about a very rich man I had been dating that I didn’t want to marry. In return, she told me about her sister, Sarah. She seemed very fond of her but also quite jealous and told me she had dated Prince Charles.” (source)
This next photo was snapped of Princess Diana taking a peak out the window of her Coleherne Court flat when the press was camped outside in 1980 so it is rather eerie. Our post giving some more information on Diana’s flat can be found here, if you’d like to read it.
Moving along, this photo shows Diana and Charles kissing in Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.
This is apparently of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their 1981 honeymoon. So relaxed and natural, right?!
This photo must have been taken around the same time.
And here they are relaxing at polo.
Diana and the Queen appear to be having a little chat in this shot. This is from the era when Diana was regularly wearing the pearl choker her family gave her on her 18th birthday.
This happy snap of Diana, Charles and Harry in a floaty boat was taken at the Highgrove pool. The photo comes from the 1986 book In Private In Public: The Prince and Princess of Wales. I ordered an old copy off of Amazon (for $4!) and it just arrived. I’ve just had a quick flip through it so far, and it’s a goldmine! So many photo’s I’ve never seen before. I’m looking forward to sharing more of it soon (have any of you read it already and love it?).
As a side note, Diana’s giving me a bit of a Grace Kelly emerging from the water vibe…do you see it?
These next photos have a unique provenance. You may recall Diana’s old flatmate and friend Carolyn Bartholemew (she was one of the few friend’s that Diana asked speak to Andrew Morton for her ‘tell al book). In 1989, Carolyn paid a visit to Highgrove with her son Jack and his nanny. Their nanny had brought a camera which Prince Harry and Prince William took over and snapped away.
It seems Harry took this one. That’s such homey and normal quilt on the bed, right? It must have been one of the guest rooms.
and perhaps he took this one, too! Diana looks so tanned, happy, and relaxed.
More information photos of that Highgrove visit can be found here.
Are any of these shots new to you? A lot of them are brand new to me, which is such a treat!
Here are a few of our older posts on rarely seen royal photos if you’d like to keep clicking around: