Princess Diana was one of the world’s most photographed women! In the 1980s and 1990s, paparazzi followed her everywhere. Her death shocked the world, and many blame the insane tabloid culture for her death. While it may appear that she was always in the spotlight, we have gathered a few rare photos that provide a closer look into her life. Take a look at the photos below to see a different side of Diana before she passed away.
Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry hit the slopes in Austria. This photo was taken when Harry was only nine years old! How adorable was he? This photograph was first made public in 1994. Aren’t they all cute in this picture?
A Whirlwind Romance
Although the media would have you believe otherwise, Charles and Diana didn’t really know each other before they married. The couple announced their engagement to the world after only twelve dates. They definitely looked good together in this image!
A National Holiday
The wedding of Charles and Diana was so lavish that it was declared a national holiday in the United Kingdom. On July 29, 2981, this holiday was observed. The wedding had such a positive impact on the citizens of the United Kingdom that they wanted to be a part of it. As a result, it was declared a national holiday.
Let Them Eat Cake
Their wedding was an extravagant affair. Are you aware that there were 27 wedding cakes in total? David Avery, the lead baker at the Royal Naval Cooking School, designed and made the official cake. A piece of the 33-year-old cake was auctioned off for $1,375 back in 2014.
Ring the Bells
The details of Diana’s wedding sparked a lot of discussion and debate. Did you know her engagement ring was chosen from a catalog? Most royal engagement rings are custom-made, but Diana chose hers from a Garrard jewelry collection catalog, which featured 14 solitaire diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire set in white gold. It was passed down to Kate Middleton after she died.
Diana was the first royal bride to defy royal protocol when it came to her wedding vows. Royal brides are expected to read traditional wedding vows in general. Diana, on the other hand, omitted the word “obey” from her wedding vows. This was a major story that even made the front pages of newspapers. When Kate and William walked down the aisle in 2011, they followed in her footsteps.
Wedding stress can be overwhelming for any bride, but it was too much for Princess Diana to bear! She appeared to be stressed, and it showed in her appearance. She began to lose weight in the weeks leading up to the big day, making it difficult for her to fit into her dress. She has had 15 extensive fittings to ensure that the dress is properly fitted. “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.
As the wedding date drew nearer, Charles began to feel nervous. In her book about Prince Charles, Sally Beddel Smith (royal biographer) claimed that Charles was still in love with his ex-girlfriend Camilla Parker-Bowers. His father pushed him to end his relationship with her and marry Diana. Smith claims that the Prince cried the night before Diana’s wedding. After Prince William and Harry were born, Charles rekindled his affair with Camilla in front of the entire world.
Just Like Cinderella
Designers were scrambling not only because of Diana’s gown but also because of something else. Diana is a little taller than most people, so she needed heels that were a little shorter. Clive Shilton, a cobbler, explained the situation., “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 embellished with 542 sequins and 132 pearls, as well as a “C” and “D” painted on the shoes’ hidden arch and a love heart.
Not only was Charles nervous, but Diana was so nervous that she called her future husband by the wrong name when they arrived at the altar! Instead of Charles Philip, she named him Philip Charles Arthur George!
Watched by Millions
Everyone wanted to be a part of the royal wedding since it was an international affair. About 3,500 people watched it live on the internet. It was broadcast in 74 countries and seen by a total of 750 million people around the world! The royal wedding is also the most-watched in history!
The Forgotten Kiss
The fact that Prince Charles was so anxious on the big day was obvious to everyone! In a traditional wedding, the bride and groom conclude their vows with a kiss, but Prince Charles was so nervous that he forgot! Millions of people applauded as the two kissed on the balcony!