A collection of 14 original, candid photos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981, will be auctioned starting Sept. 17.
Boston-based RR Auction has obtained the photos from the collection of the assistant to photographer Patrick Lichfield, who was the only photographer permitted to take informal photos of the royal family after they returned from the wedding ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In several photos, we can see Princess Diana with Queen Elizabeth, who is wearing patent leather Mary Jane T-strap heels, with the flower girls in Mary Jane flats. Princess Diana’s shoes aren’t visible under her David Emanuel ivory silk taffeta gown and 25-foot train.
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The fashion icon who was known as the “people’s princess” would have turned 54 last month. Her Clive Shilton-designed wedding shoes have been on display in museums around the world. The low-heeled ivory pumps boast 150 pearls, more than 500 sequins, and a heart-shaped appliqué on the toes.
Princess Diana’s wedding style has influenced brides ever since — 34 years ago last month. Modern brides, including Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, Olivia Palermo and Solange Knowles have followed in Diana’s influential footsteps.
The starting bid for the photos is $300. The auction runs from Sept. 17-24.