Wonderful Photographs of Princess Diana Relaxing in the Countryside in the Early 1980s

It’s rare to see royals stomping about through the mud, but a recently unearthed set of photographs shows Princess Diana and Prince Charles doing exactly that.

These rare candid photographs belonged to the late housekeeper of Queen Elizabeth’s cousin Princess Alexandra. They were discovered by the housekeeper’s son and reveal a relaxed Princess Diana in the early years of her marriage to Prince Charles.

The photos offer a rare glimpse into Diana’s life away from the public eye. They show the late Princess of Wales enjoying a country shoot in the early 1980s with Prince Charles and friends. Diana looked at ease in the countryside as she joined a shooting party during what appears to be the autumn season. She was dressed casual for the outing sporting an olive green jacket and taupe pants, which she accessorized with a printed scarf, red mittens and boots.

Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales—the heir apparent to the British throne—and mother of Princes William and Harry. Diana’s activism and glamour made her an international icon and earned her enduring popularity as well as unprecedented public scrutiny, exacerbated by her tumultuous private life.

Diana was born into the British nobility and grew up close to the royal family on their Sandringham estate. In 1981, while working as a nursery teacher’s assistant, she became engaged to Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. Their wedding took place at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 and made her Princess of Wales, a role in which she was enthusiastically received by the public. They had two sons, William and Harry, who were then second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. Diana’s marriage to Charles suffered due to their incompatibility and extramarital affairs. They separated in 1992, soon after the breakdown of their relationship became public knowledge. Their marital difficulties became increasingly publicised, and they divorced in 1996.

As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions across the Commonwealth realms. She was celebrated in the media for her unconventional approach to charity work. Her patronages initially centred on children and the elderly but she later became known for her involvement in two particular campaigns, that involving the social attitudes towards and the acceptance of AIDS patients, and the campaign promoted through the International Red Cross for the removal of landmines. She also raised awareness and advocated for ways to help people affected with cancer and mental illness. The Princess was initially noted for her shyness, but her charisma and friendliness endeared her to the public and helped her reputation survive the acrimonious collapse of her marriage. Considered to be very photogenic, she was a leader of fashion in the 1980s and 1990s. Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris led to extensive public mourning and global media attention. Her legacy has had a deep impact on the royal family and British society. (Wikipedia)

Princess Diana, centre, smiles at the camera while dressed in a Barbour and silk tartan scarf while on a shoot in the countryside. Behind her is Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, left.
Princess Diana, left, and her husband Prince Charles, centre, look out across the fields, which are covered in leaves.
Diana, left, appears relaxed and at ease while chatting to friends.
Diana, centre, looks out onto the fields as a male friend, left, photographs the group.
The shooting party were photographed tucking into snacks and hot drinks.
The group were spotted gathering by their Range Rovers before making their way into the fields.
The group, all dressed in Barbour jackets, are believed to be in the grounds of a country mansion.

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