Prince Charles and Diana’s Wedding: Swoon Over These Never-Before-Seen Pictures From 1981 Event

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An auctioneer shows off one never-before-seen photo from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, July 29, 1981 Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

Capturing history! If you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall of the wedding of Prince Charles to Princess Diana back in 1981, now you can—sort of. Sneak a peek at 14 never-before-seen photos that are being auctioned off in Boston in September now.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles - Royal Wedding Photos (Diana and Charles with flower girl/ring bearer)
Princess Diana and Prince Charles with their wedding party in Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981 Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

The candids, taken by the assistant to the couple’s royal photographer, Patrick Lichfield, are set at the reception held at Buckingham Palace, following the couple’s July 29, 1981, ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Princess Diana posing for wedding portraits on July 29, 1981 Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

Each photo captures behind-the-scenes shots of Diana—in her amazing silk taffeta wedding gown featuring a 25-foot train, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel—and her wedding party as they share sweet moments together and pose for portraits. The youngest bridesmaid, Clementine Hambro, who was 5 years old at the time, even makes Diana—who divorced Charles in August of 1996, after raising their two sons, princes William and Harry—smile.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, look out at the crowd on their wedding July 29, 1981 Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

One striking photo even shows the royal couple’s view of the crowd in front of them as they were introduced for the first time to the nation as newlyweds.

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Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981 Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

But in the photos, Princess Diana—who had only been engaged to Prince Charles for five months before tying the knot—looks mostly serious, a melancholy she admitted to years later. "I can’t marry him, I can’t do this, this is absolutely unbelievable," she confessed to her sisters before the wedding, according to her biographer, Andrew Morton. Her sisters told her it was too late to pull out. 

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Princess Diana and her bridesmaids on the day of her royal wedding Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

The auction of the beautiful, historic photos, managed by RR Auction house, will take place on Sept. 24 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles - Royal Wedding Photos (photo collage)
Photo collage of never-before-seen pictures from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding Lord Patrick Lichfield/courtesy of RR Auction

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