40 Photos of Princess Diana You've Probably Never Seen Before

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There are certain Princess Diana moments that will live in our memory forever—like her wedding day with Prince Charles in that monumental silk and taffeta-lace wedding gown, or her leaving the hospital after Prince William was born. But considering that the royal English rose was practically always in the spotlight, we treasure lesser-seen moments that were captured during her tragically short lifetime. Ahead, rare photos of the late Princess of Wales throughout her life.

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A young Diana Spencer riding in a pram stroller at her home on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

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Diana wearing a bright red puffer jacket and blue corduroy pants while playing with dolls at her family home in Norfolk.

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Posing for a portrait in a peacoat as a child.

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A six-year-old Diana sporting a red collared smock dress with a matching headband and blue cardigan, proving she was always stylish.

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Standing in the doorway of her family's home, Park House, with her younger brother, Charles, who later became the 9th Earl of Spencer.

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Summer of 1971

During a summer holiday in West Sussex donning a wide-brimmed felt hat.

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Getting kissed by her pet pony, Scuffle.

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January 1980

Navigating her way through paparazzi, who started hounding the 19-year-old whenever she left her apartment after news of her relationship with Prince Charles broke.

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November 1980

Making her way through the press (again) during her engagement to Prince Charles, who she was officially set to marry in July 1981.

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November 1980

Working as a nanny for an American family living in London before officially becoming a royal.

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December 1980

Returning home to her apartment on Earl's Court in 1980. The future princess started living in the apartment in 1979 after her mother purchased it for her as a birthday present.

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January 1981

Wearing a plum jacket and feather cap as she greets well-wishers at a royal engagement in 1981.

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February 1981

Accepting a daffodil and a kiss on the hand from a smitten schoolboy as she greets a group at Cheltenham in 1981.

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March 1981

Attending her first high-profile event in March 1981 with her fiancé, Prince Charles. It was one of the first times the media took notice of Diana's impeccable style. She wore a black strapless taffeta gown designed by her wedding dress designers, David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

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May 1981

Watching Prince Charles play polo in a peasant top and plastic aviator sunglasses.

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June 1981

Sitting in her car sporting her iconic sheep sweater while attending a polo match.

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July 1981

Attending a polo match at Cowdray Park Polo Club with her friend and future sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson, a week before her wedding.

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July 1981

Flashing Princes Charles a smile while visiting the Cheshire Regiment in Tidworth.

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April 1983

Sheltering herself under an umbrella, wearing a bowler hat and ruffled top.

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June 1983

Wearing The Diamond Spencer Tiara and an outfit designed by Bruce Oldfield for a dinner hosted by The Province of New Brunswick.

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October 1985

Playing the piano with Prince William and Prince Harry in Kensington Palace.

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April 1987

Visiting the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in Surrey wearing a Catherine Walker suit and a hat by Graham Smith.

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Dancing with Prince Charles wearing a blue dress by David Emanuel.

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August 1987

Posing for a quick snap in Majorca, Spain, with sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

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November 1987

Wearing a chic black-and-pink ensemble for a royal visit to Bonn, Germany, in 1987.

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November 1987

Sipping from a water glass during a visit to Portugal while being hosted by the President at Ajuda Palace in Lisbon.

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November 1987

Joining her older sister (and Charles's ex-girlfriend), Sarah McCorquodale, for a visit to their former school in Kent in 1987.

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January 1988

Taking Prince Harry for a ride on his pony in Sandringham, United Kingdom.

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January 1988

Wearing a bright yellow floral printed sundress with Prince Charles in a jeep on a visit to a beach in New South Wales, Australia.

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May 1988

Watching Prince Charles play polo at Smith's Lawn Windsor in an oversized blazer, T-shirt, jeans, and boots.

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