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70 Rare Photos From Princess Diana’s Wedding You’ve Never Seen Before

From that famous balcony kiss to their Mediterranean honeymoon.

By Charlotte Chilton
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People were thrilled when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981. The dress! The ring! They couldn't get enough of the romance—and you've likely seen approximately a million pictures from that day as a result. Still, there are some lesser-seen photos that deserve their moment. Read on for some rare glimpses inside the special day.

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A Royal Engagement

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The engagement ring of the century (yes, the same sapphire sparkler that Kate Middleton now wears) made its debut when Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement on the grounds outside of Buckingham Palace.

First Date As An Engaged Couple

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Princess Di looked absolutely gorgeous in a strapless black dress during her first night out as an engaged woman. The pair, who announced their engagement just two weeks earlier, were attending a recital at London's Goldsmith's Hall.

A Very Important Approval

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Prince Charles and Diana pose with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace after she gave her consent for their wedding.

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Practice Makes Perfect

First Royal Wedding Rehearsal
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Diana and Charles are seen leaving St. Paul's Cathedral after their first wedding rehearsal on June 12, 1981—47 days before the big day. Hey, if you were getting married in front of the entire world, you'd want lots of practice too.

The Final Dress Fitting

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Diana is seen leaving Emanuel's after the final fitting for her wedding dress a week before the big day.

The Dress...

Dress Sketch
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Husband and wife designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel were tapped to design Lady Di's dreamy taffeta gown. The designs were kept secret until the day of the ceremony, when the press was given a sketch of what they'd see on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral.

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...And Accessories to Match

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As with any outfit, the dress just wouldn't be the same without the accessories. This sketch shows Princess Diana's heart slippers, created by Clive Shilton, along with the tiny golden horseshoe design sewn into her gown for good luck. And don't forget the lacy umbrella and pochette.

Flower Power

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This sketch by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners shows the design of her bouquet. The long, flowing collection of flowers—which stood at 42-inches high and weighed a little over 4 pounds—became one of the most memorable in royal wedding history for a reason.

More Practice

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This time, Diana and Charles leave the church only two days before their wedding.

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The Spectators

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Crowds camped out along the procession route the night before the wedding to ensure a good view.

The Celebrations Begin...

Fireworks For Royals
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A firework display took place over London on the eve of Charles and Diana's wedding on July 28, 1981.

...And Continue the Next Morning

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On their wedding day, celebrations were seen throughout the United Kingdom. In Wales, the Royal Air Force performed a formation of the Prince of Wales Feathers over Caernarfon Castle.

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The Party Keeps Going

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Celebrations continued throughout the area, including Liverpool's Chinatown. Here, the Lian Dancing Troupe perform a special routine in honor of the newlyweds.

The Royal Fans

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Remember those campers? They lined the streets with British flags and decorations, hoping to get a glimpse at the couple upon their arrival.

Messages From Supporters

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They also relayed messages of support for the royal couple along the procession route.

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The Worldwide Media Coverage

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Press from every nation, including the United States, set up outposts to live broadcast the events. Here, Today hosts Willard Scott, Jane Pauley, and Tom Brokaw enjoy a spot of tea before the ceremony.

Double Take

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While the bride in this snap looks identical to the real royal, she's actually a lookalike posing for a TV segment.

Commemorative Gifts

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After their engagement was announced, items with Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were everywhere. Commemorative mugs, towels, plates, you name it.

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Jewels on Jewels

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Speaking of gifts, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gifted the royal couple with jewelry. Pictured here are the green malachite pieces crafted for the Prince and Princess of Wales.

A Ton of Photographers

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Can you imagine driving past all this before your wedding?

From: Cosmopolitan US


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