Everyone loves a good fairytale…or, at least my daughter does. (Me? Not so much…) But it was on July 29, 1981 that the world looked on at the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. (Sure, it didn’t last, but so what?)
Lord Patrick Lichfield was the only photographer allowed to capture the candid moments of the royal family as they returned to Buckingham Palace for the reception after the big to-do at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Lichfield was commissioned with compiling a private photo album for the newlyweds, but not all of his photos made the final cut. Now these never-before-seen images have been brought to light, thanks to Lichfield’s assistant that day, and are being sold by RR Auction in Boston.
According to Amateur Photographer, the assistant who divulged the collection was given the collection of 8×10 and 5×7 images by Lord Lichfield “in recognition of the work done on the wedding photographs.”
“The color photos all bear official Lichfield labels asserting copyright affixed to the reverse and show various interior scenes: two show Queen Elizabeth watching a small television broadcasting images of the massive crowd outside; one shows Princess Diana in the Throne Room as her dress designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel arrange the train in preparation for the formal photographs; one depicts Princess Michael of Kent from behind in her turquoise dress; and one shows the Royal Family gathered for the formal photographs, with Mark Philips, Prince Andrew, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Earl Spencer, the Duke and Duchess of York, and Baroness Fellows all seen in the image.”
As Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, says, “These never-before-seen photographs capture the candid and unrehearsed moments of the fairytale wedding.”
Bidding on the photos opens on September 17th and ends on September 24th, with a live auction even being held on the last day.
[via Amateur Photographer]