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40 Rarely-Seen Vintage Photos of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and More Royals

Relive some of the Windsors' lesser-known moments.

By Janaya Wecker and Chloe Foussianes
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Every family has old photos that they look back on to reminisce, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a group of people that's been as studiously documented as the royals. Naturally, this has yielded more than a few quality images that have been overlooked through the years—but thanks to the internet, they're not too hard to find. Here are a bunch of rare vintage photos of the royal family.

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Prince William cooks up some chicken paella while attending boarding school at Eton College.


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Prince William and Prince Harry enjoy a skiing trip with their father and cousin, Zara Phillips. Their annual trip to Switzerland was a time for fun and family bonding.


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A young Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie carry their gear in matching ski suits. The sisters were on vacation in Verbier, Switzerland—the same place where Eugenie met her husband over a decade later.

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Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Prince William enjoy a father-son trip to Balmoral Castle in Scotland.


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In one of her final outings before her passing, Princess Diana embarks on a cruise through St. Tropez with Prince William and her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed.


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Princess Diana looks radiant in a bright orange swimsuit during a holiday on the island of Nevis.

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With her sons by her side, Princess Diana rides the ski lift in Lech, Austria.


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Princess Diana takes part in a race amongst the mothers during a sports day at Prince Harry's school. She didn't win, but she had a good laugh.


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A young Prince William and Prince Harry team up to bury their mom in the sand. They were vacationing on Sir Richard Branson's private island in the British Virgin Islands.

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Zara Phillips reads a pamphlet alongside her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.


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Princess Diana plays with her sons on the playground at Highgrove House. The boys are dressed in their uniforms for the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, the group for which their father served as Colonel-in-Chief.


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Kids drive Prince Charles and Princess Diana around at the Careful Cobber children's driving program, during a trip to Australia.

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At the Windsor Horse Show, it's clear Princess Anne has passed her love for denim (and undying passion for all things equestrian) down to her daughter, Zara Phillips.


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Even with her busy schedule, Princess Diana always made time for her sons. Here, she completes a puzzle with a 3-year-old Prince William.


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A young Prince Harry plays the piano, while Prince William has a case of the giggles during a private photoshoot in Kensington Palace.

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At a costume barbecue in Canada, Charles and Diana give people an idea of what they might have looked like in another era.


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The Princess of Wales gets a ride in a cherry picker alongside the archeological director of the Mary Rose Trust.


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Princess Margaret (second left), Princess Diana (center left), and the Queen Mother (center right) enjoy a laugh together ahead of a wedding, while Prince Charles trails behind.

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Lady Diana Spencer laughs while posing with Soufflé, her Shetland pony, at her mother's home in Scotland.


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Prince Charles looks over the shoulder of his mother during a trip to Sandringham Estate. The family was spending time together in the Drawing Room.

From: Town & Country US
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Janaya Wecker
Lifestyle Editor
Janaya is a Lifestyle Editor for Hearst Magazines. When she's not writing, you can find her bringing out her inner Taylor Swift on the guitar, reading scary novels — but drawing the line at scary movies! — and adding lots of sugar to her iced coffee (yes, even in the winter), because life can never be too sweet.
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News Writer

Chloe is a News Writer for, where she covers royal news, from the latest additions to Meghan Markle’s staff to Queen Elizabeth’s monochrome fashions; she also writes about culture, often dissecting TV shows like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Killing Eve.


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