Kensington Palace Displays Never-Before-Seen Princess Diana Portrait


Princess Diana.
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Showing a unique aspect. A beforehand unreleased portrait of the late Princess Diana is now being displayed at Kensington Palace.

The image, which was taken by David Bailey in 1988, was unveiled as part of a new exhibition titled Life Through a Royal Lens, which “brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family “and chronicles their “enduring relationship with the camera,” per the Historic Royal Palaces. In the black-and-white {photograph}, Diana is captured in profile, staring stoically off into the space whereas sporting a one-shouldered dress and easy drop earrings.

The late Princess of Wales reportedly hand-selected Bailey for this specific portrait as a result of he “reflected her desire to establish a new photographic identity for herself.” Though the image was commissioned by London’s National Gallery, it remained within the artist’s personal archive for over three a long time.

The unseen Princess Diana portrait.
© David Bailey

“The medium [of photography] has shaped how the world views the British monarchy,” Claudia Acott Williams, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, mentioned in a press launch. “It has allowed the Royal Family to offer fascinating insights into their life and work, transforming the royal image and creating an unprecedented relationship between crown and subjects.”

Diana’s portrait, which was described by Acott Williams as “one of the most powerful images” within the exhibit, has been in comparison with latest portraits taken of Duchess Kate in honor of her fortieth birthday. In one {photograph}, the Duchess of Cambridge additionally gazes off into the space, sporting an off-the-shoulder robe as her hair blows gently behind her. Her sapphire engagement ring — which beforehand belonged to Diana — is on show within the picture, together with a pair of the Princess of Wales’ pearl earrings.

The earrings had been initially gifted to Diana as a marriage reward from Collingwood jewelers, and Prince William‘s spouse has regularly worn them in honor of her late mother-in-law.

Before her demise in 1997, Diana wrote a “letter of wishes,” during which she requested for her diamonds and gems to be gifted to her future daughters-in-law. “I would like you to allocate all my jewelry to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewelry to your discretion,” the royal wrote on the time.

In addition to honoring Diana by her new portraits, Kate celebrated her milestone birthday together with her husband, 39, and their three youngsters: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3. Ahead of the festivities, royal professional Jonathan Sacerdoti predicted the household of 5 could be “lower key” of their celebrations than in years previous.

“It’s going to be quite scaled back because of the COVID pandemic. I mean, here in the U.K., the numbers are back up again,” Sacerdoti advised Us Weekly completely in January, including that the royal household needed to respect the nation’s response to the continuing pandemic.

He continued: “So even for a big, important birthday, like her 40th, and even being who she is, she’s choosing perhaps to do something lower key. So [as] to set a good example.”

Along with William, Diana is survived by Prince Harry. She shared each sons with ex-husband Prince Charles, who is about to inherit the throne after his mom, Queen Elizabeth II.

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