Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married in 1981, and apart from some approved photos for the mainstream media, we couldn’t really get a glimpse inside. Until now, that is. People Magazine have just released a series of photos from their wedding, which took place on July 21, and these photos have never been seen before.
Diana entering the Palace surrounded by young pageboys and bridesmaids
3,500 guests attended this historical wedding.
Diana cradling Clementine Hambro
She was her youngest bridesmaid at just 5 years old at the time.
She also cradled Hambro for another very good reason
Hambro was Diana’s favorite pupil at the Young England kindergarten, where she was a caregiver before getting married.
A wedding dubbed “the wedding of the century”
Diana and Charles speak with their attendants.
Princess Diana walks side-by-side with her new mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Andrew and Prince Charles chatting with the wedding attendants
A bit after the elaborate ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Charles and Diana walk out onto the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony
Below the balcony, hundreds of thousands of well-wishers were waiting.
A candid and intimate moment after saying their vows at St. Paul’s
Diana’s wedding dress is iconic and extremely well made, and it was designed by British fashion designers David and Elizabeth Emmanuel.
Her gown was well over 25 feet long
Here, they’re preparing for the portraits.
The room was filled by the Spencer and Windsor-Mountbatten family
This was in the palace room before the portraits were shot.
Princess Michael of Kent, wife of Prince Michael, a cousin of the Queen, chats with a guest.
Outtakes from Patrick Lichfield’s private photograph taken for the royal family
Since the day of the wedding, Lichfield’s assistant has been holding all of these rare pictures.
A television showing the massive crowds gathered around the Palace
…While the Queen looks on.
“You can see the Queen watching the throng of people outside Buckingham Palace,” Bobby Livingston, Executive VP of RR Auctions, told PEOPLE. “It’s pretty spectacular.”