Newly Revealed Portrait: Princess Diana and Kate Middleton

Princess DianaHis legacy lives on.

A never-before-seen portrait of the late Princess Of Wales is now on display at a new exhibition, titled “A Royal Lens – Life Through the Lens,” at London’s Kensington Palace. The simple yet elegant, black-and-white image—revealed to the public on March 4—shows a then roughly 27-year-old Diana staring stoically into the distance, wearing a satin off-the-shoulder gown and a pair of teardrop earrings.

The portrait was taken in 1988 by David BaileyFamously, he photographed many pop culture icons, including Andy Warhol, TwiggyAnd The Beatles. The fashion photographer was reportedly hand selected by Diana—who passed away in 1997—for his high-contrast lighting and minimalist style.

According to a release from Historic Royal PalacesDiana’s decision not to work with David “reflected her desire to establish a new photographic identity for herself,” a stark contrast from the more established forms of royal portraitures of the past.

 

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