Before there was Kate, Diana Spencer, otherwise known as the eternally beloved Princess Diana, was the royal bride to beat. The official portraits that were released to the public have lived on for the 34 years since their wedding as iconic royal and wedding moments. But now, 14 never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles's big day are going up for auction at Boston's RR Auction house next month.
The photographs were taken by Lord Patrick Lichfield, a nobleman and well-known British photographer, who was the only one allowed "backstage" at the big day, People reports. Litchfield's assistant developed the shots for the royal family, which filled two albums, and kept the outtakes for himself. Now, they're being sold with a starting bid at $300, but, because of the public's affection for Diana, are expected to go for a lot more.
According to RR Auction house, the collection up for sale includes: "seven black-and-white glossy 10 x 8 photos, seven color satin-finish 7 x 5 photos, and the pass used by Lichfield's assistant for access to the palace."
"I was the photographic assistant to Lord Patrick Lichfield...the only photographer allowed to take informal photographs of the royal family and their guests when they returned to Buckingham Palace...for the wedding reception. These are original prints," Litchfield's assistant details in a letter to the auction house. "These are photos that did not go into that album [and were given to Litchfield's assistant in recognition of the work done on the wedding photographs]. To my knowledge, none have ever been published. Very few people have ever laid eyes on them."
Included in the collection are a series of shots of Diana addressing her young wedding party as they wait to take the official portraits.
There is also a photograph of Princess Diana and Prince Charles together, and a shot of the couple's customary address to the public from the palace taken from an insider's perspective.
Plus, there's a few stolen shots of the queen walking around in the background, which is pretty incredible.