Unseen Charles and Diana wedding photos up for sale



2015-08-11 09:37:14

A series of never-before-seen photographs from the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana are heading to auction next month.

The collection of 12 candid photos were snapped by renowned photographer Patrick Lichfield, who captured scenes of the reception held at Buckingham Palace following the royal couple's fairytale wedding at St Paul's Cathedral.

The photographs show Diana in her famous dress, engaged in conversation with her family, bridesmaids and members of the royal wedding party including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Ann, Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew.

The unpublished photographs have spent the past 34 years in the personal collection of Lichfield's assistant, who was gifted them in recognition for their work at the wedding. The consignor states:

“I was the photographic assistant to Lord Patrick Lichfield…the only photographer allowed to take informal photographs of the royal family and their guests when they returned to Buckingham Palace for the wedding reception."

"Lord Lichfield had me make up an album of black and white and color photographs, which he presented to Prince Charles and Princess Diana to commemorate the day of their wedding. These are photos that did not go into that album. To my knowledge, none have ever been published. Very few people have ever laid eyes on them.”

The collection, consisting of seven colour prints, seven black-and-white prints, and the pass used by Lichfield’s assistant for access to the palace, will now be offered for sale through the Boston-based company RR Auction. Auction spokesman Bobby Livingston said: “These never-before-seen photographs capture the candid and unrehearsed moments of the fairytale wedding.”

The RR Auction 'Remarkable Rarities' sale begins on September 17.

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