During her lifetime, Princess Diana had her photo taken countless times. Whether it was during formal portraits or the endless sea of paparazzi who followed her every move, it’s likely that Diana was among the most photographed women in the world during her brief time in the spotlight.
Now, nearly 25 years after her death following a car crash on Aug. 31, 1997 car crash in Paris, Kensington Palace will display a never-before-seen image of Diana as part of a new exhibit. Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that takes care of Kensington Palace, shared the striking snapshot on Twitter while promoting the installation.
One of the most photographed women in the world David Bailey
This never-before-seen image of Diana, Princess of Wales from 1988 will be on display in our #RoyalLens exhibition at #KensingtonPalace, open 4 March.
Book tickets https://t.co/3G8nAERncy
David Bailey pic.twitter.com/P6MRoV90Nu
— Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_palaces) March 2, 2022
The exhibit, “Life Through a Royal Lens,” opens March 4 at Kensington Palace and displays images that capture the extensive photographic history of Britain’s Royal Family from the late 19th century through the present. It includes works from professional photographers, images captured by members of the Royal Family in private moments and even some that were submitted by regular citizens.
Emily Nash, the editor of Royal Family coverage at Hello magazine, got an early look at the exhibit and shared a few of those intimate photos on Twitter, including the Diana image.
A sneaky peek from today’s press preview of the Royal Life Through a Lens exhibition at Kensington Palace: Well worth a visit! @HRP_palaces pic.twitter.com/dSgu5uFroo
— Emily Nash (@emynash) March 2, 2022
As she did during her life, though, Diana’s ability to stick out from a crowd, no matter how famous the company, has again been proven by this newly revealed image of the former Princess of Wales.
The curators at the Historic Royal Palaces told People magazine that Diana sat for the photo in 1988 at the age of 27. Popular photographer David Bailey, who was known for his “stark minimalism,” received the commission for the photoshoot.
The portrait shows Diana appearing “reserved, stoic and looking away from the viewer.”
For Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English, the image proved a highlight of the exhibition.
I’m heading to @HRP_palaces new exhibition at Kensington Palace, Life Through A Royal Lens, this morning. But to whet your appetite here’s a stunning never seen before image of Diana, Princess of Wales, taken by David Bailey in 1988, which will be on display from Friday! pic.twitter.com/xXwOoYtSle
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 2, 2022
Curator Claudia Acott Willaims told People she believed the image, taken for the National Portrait Gallery but never put on display, is a standout among the ones taken that day so long ago.
“For me, it is the most powerful of images from the sitting,” Williams said to People.
In addition to professional shots like this and personal ones from the family’s collection, more than 50 of the photos included in the exhibit were ones submitted by people all over the world. Kensington Palace said it received more than 1,000 images to consider after asking for submissions and a panel of expert photographers chose the best images to display in the exhibit.
You can see some of those in the Facebook post below, which includes candid shots of Queen Elizabeth II, the late Prince Philip, Prince William and Diana, captured in another elegant black-and-white still.
The “Life Through The Royal Lens” exhibit will run at Kensington Palace through Oct. 30. Admission is included with a ticket to Kensington Palace, which is £20 for adults and £10 for kids.
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