Never seen Diana wedding photos unguarded moments.
The most striking photo of all is when Princess Diana and Prince Charles are on the balcony. And overlooking the crowd gathered in front of Buckingham Palace.
A collection of fourteen original candid behind-the-scenes photos from the wedding reception of Princess Diana and Prince Charles will be in a live auction event on September 24, 2015.
The photos are from the wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981. It followed the ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The images were not in the approved final albums. They originate from the collection of an assistant to English photographer Patrick Lichfield. Whose peerage descent allowed him unparalleled access to the Royal Family.
The collection consists of seven black-and-white glossy photos and five color satin-finish photos. And the pass used by Lichfield’s assistant for access to the palace.
Six of the larger photos depict Princess Diana wearing her wedding dress with members of her family and wedding party. Including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew.
Three photos show Princess Diana holding the five-year-old Clementine Hambro, above, her youngest bridesmaid. One shows her setting Clementine down. Another shows her smiling as Prince Andrew leans over to talk to Clementine. Queen Elizabeth is clearly visible walking alongside Princess Diana in four of the images. The Queen Mother is seen in two. Prince Charles is in two of these photographs.
The color photos all bear official Lichfield labels asserting copyright affixed to the reverse. Two show Queen Elizabeth watching a small television broadcasting images of the massive crowd outside. One shows Princess Diana in the Throne Room, above, as her dress designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel arrange the train for the formal photographs. One depicts Princess Michael of Kent from behind in her turquoise dress. Another, the Royal Family with Mark Philips, Prince Andrew, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Earl Spencer, the Duke and Duchess of York and Baroness Fellows all seen in the image.
The photographs are accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance identifying the subjects in each photo. And offering further specifics from the assistant to Lichfield. Who was the only photographer allowed to take informal photographs of the royal family and their guests when they returned to Buckingham Palace.
Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction said, “These never-before-seen photographs capture the candid and unrehearsed moments of the fairytale wedding.”
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