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Kensington Palace Shares Never-Before-Seen Photo of Diana, Princess of Wales


A stunning black and white photo of the young Diana, Princess of Wales unveils in Kensington Palace, her former home, as part of its exhibit for the Queen's Jubilee.

Conservators prepare to hang Diana's image in the gallery

In 1988, at 27 years old, the Princess of Wales sat with photographer, David Bailey, for several shots commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

Bailey then submitted the photos to NPG but kept some copies of Diana photos in his archive. And one had not shared in public.

Never-before-seen image of Diana

The photo showed the princess in a reserved, stoic expression, looked away from the camera. It magnified her quiet, shy inner personality but still looked elegant and glamorous. 

The Princess of Wales's image is part of the British royal family's selection of photographs exhibited at Kensington Palace's photo gallery.

Also in display, image of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, taken in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

Other images on display are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's behind the scenes unseen shot taken in 2017 during their 70th wedding anniversary. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Queen Victoria, King George V and Queen Mary and the Cambridge kids: George, Charlotte, Louis, taken by Kate.

The "Life Through Royal Lens" photo exhibit will open on March 4, 2022.

The last official portraits of Diana taken before her death in 1997

Series of photos of Diana taken in 1997 before her death ©Mario Testino

The last official portraits of Diana were taken in 1997 just before her death. The photos were taken by photographer, Mario Testino, for Vanity Fair magazine.

©Mario Testino

The stunning photos, where the Princess of Wales wore black and white and portrayed her in her most relaxed self and looked happy and carefree, were last displayed at Kensington Palace in 2005.

The photos were commissioned for Vanity Fair in 1997 ©Mario Testino

It was exhibited at her childhood home in Althorp estate in 2017 during her 20th death anniversary. And also 20 years after the photos were taken by Testino.

Her brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer of Althorp said in a statement: "I have always felt that Mario Testino captured the essence of Diana, quite brilliantly. These wonderful images made a huge impact on me when I saw them first, and revisiting them now".

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