During her adult life, Princess Diana was one of the most famous women in the world. Everywhere she went, people took her picture and, over the years of her life many of her appearances and photos have become iconic. Despite constantly being in the spotlight, there actually are some rare photos that many haven’t seen of the beloved late Princess. From photos of her youth to royal engagements she attended that weren’t as publicized, it is always interesting to get a glimpse into the life of royals. Below we have some rare pictures of the Princess of Wales:
35. Imperial Polo Match at the Guards Polo Club in 1981
Lady Diana Spencer watched her fiancé, Prince Charles, at the Imperial Polo Match at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor in 1981. She looked so fresh-faced in her beautiful pink dress. Even before she was a royal, she was already making a statement with her fashion.
34. Tennis Tournament in 1988
Diana participated in a tennis tournament in October 1988 at the Vanderbilt Racquet Club to raise funds for Birthright. Tennis player Steffi Graf was also there. Even though Diana didn’t win, she still looked really cute in her tennis attire.
33. At the Vatican in 1985
Princess Diana visited the Vatican with Prince Charles and met with Pope John Paul II during their tour of Italy in 1985. She looks like she’s in mourning with this lace black dress and lace veil, but she wasn’t the only person wearing all black for the meeting.
32. As a Bridesmaid in 1978
In 1978, Lady Diana Spencer was a bridesmaid at her sister Lady Jane’s wedding to Robert Fellowes. She wore this frumpy-looking bridesmaid dress, which is definitely not something the Diana that we remember would wear. Still, she looks really pretty!
31. Teacher’s Assistant at a Nursery School in 1980
Prior to her marriage to Prince Charles, Diana was a nursery teacher’s assistant at the Young England School in Pimlico. In this picture, she’s walking outside the nursery school while photographers try and get a shot of her. She seems to recognize that, as Charles’ girlfriend, the media is going to take a keen interest in her, but she doesn’t seem to be happy about it.
30. University College Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Opening in 1982
Princess Diana attended the opening of University College Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 1982 in style. She looked lovely and sophisticated in this beautiful blue velvet dress, which she paired with a feathered hat.
29. Skiing in Klosters, Switzerland, in 1986
The British royal family has always enjoyed taking their winter vacations at the resort of Klosters in Switzerland, and in 1968, Prince Charles took Princess Diana on a skiing trip there. She looks like a natural on skis and knows just how to dress for the slopes!
28. St. John’s Ambulance Headquarters Centre, Australia in 1983
In March of 1983, Princess Diana was on a tour of Australia and New Zealand with Prince Charles with their son, Prince William. In this picture, she’s at the St. John’s Ambulance Headquarters Centre in Alice Springs, Australia.
27. As a Baby in 1963
Princess Diana was the cutest little girl. She kind of looks like a porcelain doll with her ivory skin, blond hair and adorable little dress. She had said that her childhood was rather unhappy, but the one thing that can’t be denied is that the Spencer family made cute kids!
26. In Pakistan in 1996
The Princess of Wales visited Lahore, Pakistan, in 1996 so that she could help raise funds for Khans Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. At the time, she was advised not to take the trip because of political tensions between Great Britain and Pakistan, but nothing ever stood between Diana and a good cause.
25. Sitanala Leprosy Hospital in 1989
In 1989, Princess Diana made an official visit to Indonesia where she stopped at Sitanala Leprosy Hospital and met with patients. In this picture, she’s outside the hospital playing a game of boules.
24. First Official Visit to Wales in 1981
Following her lavish wedding in 1981, Diana made her first official visit to Wales in October 1981. Here she is meeting the public in this perfectly coordinated red and black outfit. She was already making quite the impact with her fashion.
22. Visit to Czechoslovakia in 1991
Princess Diana visited Czechoslovakia in 1991 where she stopped at an orphanage in Prague and played the piano for the kids. Diana was an accomplished pianist as a child, so the musical show she put on for them must have been a good one!
21. The Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera – 1987
Princess Diana attended the premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in 1987 in a navy blue Murray Arbeid dress with long bright pink gloves and a choker.
20. Chelsea, London in 1983
Wherever Diana went, a media circus seemed to follow. Here she is in 1983 leaving the wedding of her former flatmate Anne Bolton’s place in Chelsea, London. The princess always knew how to dress to impress and she didn’t miss a beat with this grey skirt suit.
19. Wedding at St. George’s Chapel in 1992
The Princess of Wales took her son Harry as her date to the wedding Lady Helen Windsor and Tim Taylor at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in 1992. She looked sharp in this green and blue ensemble while Harry looked cute as always.
18. Fashion Show Gala by Bruce Oldfield in 1985
Princess Diana attended a Fashion Show Gala by Bruce Oldfield in Support of Dr. Barnardo’s Homes at Grosvenor House Hotel in London in 1985. She wore this striking blue Bruce Oldfield gown, which seemed to embody the ‘80s.
17. Tour of Nigeria in 1990
Diana and Prince Charles did a tour of Nigeria in 1990. She arrived at the airport in Lagos, the country’s capital, in style. She wore this green and white Catherine Walker outfit with a Philip Somerville hat.
16. Red Cross Center in 1984
In this picture, Princess Diana is wearing the uniform of the British Red Cross as she visited a Red Cross Center in Bristol, England. She was a patron of the British Red Cross Youth and knew how to make a great impression.
15. In New York City in 1995
After separating from Prince Charles, Princess Diana began spending a lot more time in New York City where she thrived. The American press didn’t hound her the same way the British press did. Here she is in NYC back in 1995, looking stylish.
14. Picnic in the Desert in 1986
In 1988, Diana visited Saudi Arabia with Prince Charles. Here she is attending a picnic in the desert in a Bedouin tent. She’s wearing a Catherine Walker Ensemble, which was perfect for the occasion – pretty but conservative.
13. Skiing in Lech, Austria in 1993
Diana was joined by her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, for a skip trip in Lech, Austria, back in 1993. In this photo, she doesn’t seem to be too thrilled about having photographers there, documenting her every move.
12. Banquet at the Guildhall in 1982
This picture was taken in November 1982, just four months after William’s birth. While the Princess of Wales looked lovely in this blue dress, her gaunt physique had people thinking that she may be anorexic or bulimic.
11. Service Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Armistice in 1988
The Princess of Wales was at a service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the armistice at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, back in 1988. She wore a double-breasted Jasper Conran coat with a Viv Knowland hat.
10. World Travel Market Opening in 1985
Her Royal Highness attended the opening ceremony of the World Travel Marketing in a white dress suit with red accents and a matching white hat. This is a good look on the princess. She looks stunning and sophisticated.
9. With Her Younger Brother in 1967
Diana was closest in age with her younger brother, Charles. As a child, he seemed to just adore her. Look at the loving way he looks her as she pushes him on a swing! These two are just precious together.
8. Dartmouth Royal Naval Military College Parade in 1989
In 1989, the princess was in military spirit in this red sailor-inspired outfit for the Dartmouth Royal Naval Military College Parade. Diana always knew how to make a statement with her clothes and this event was no exception!
7. At a Red Cross Center in Angola in 1997
In 1997, Diana traveled to Angola and walked through an active minefield to promote the campaign against the use of the landmines. Back in the 1990s, Angola’s countryside was littered with millions of landmines after years of civil war, and Diana was one of the few people to bring awareness to this issue. After walking through the minefield, she visited a Red Cross center and spent time with victims of the civil war.
6. Nottinghamshire Society for the Deaf in 1990
Princess Diana visited the Nottinghamshire Society for the Deaf in May 1990 to celebrate their centenary year. In this picture, she is demonstrating her sign language skills. She literally could do anything!
5. Visiting Project Rosemary in 1995
Princess Diana is pictured here visiting the Project Rosemary housing scheme in Toxteth Liverpool in November 1995. This was a big year for the Princess of Wales. Around this very time, she gave a tell-all interview to Martin Bashir about Charles’ extramarital relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles. Just a month later, Queen Elizabeth advised Charles and Diana to divorce.
4. Visit to Kuwait in 1989
Princess Diana visited Kuwait in July 1989 and she made sure to wear a number of great styles. When she arrived, she wore this blue and white striped Roland Klein suit with a matching hat by Philip Somerville. Doesn’t she look beautiful?
3. After Her Tour of Canada in 1983
In 1983, Princess Diana went on tour with Prince Charles in Canada and she made sure to do so in style. Here is she is at Heathrow Airport following the tour, looking as stylish as ever in this blazer with a polka dot dress.
2. Summer of 1968
This is Princess Diana during the summer of 1968 when she was visiting Cadogan Place Gardens in London. Even as a young girl, she was still stylish! She’s wearing a headband that matches her little dress! How cute is that?
1. Before Her Marriage to Prince Charles in 1980
Princess Diana was totally unknown before her engagement to Prince Charles. Here she is in 1980 when she was just dating the Prince of Wales. She doesn’t look too happy about getting her picture taken, but that is definitely something she got used to with time.