Royals 14 Rare Photos of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Wedding These rare photographs expose a more candid, intimate side to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's July 29, 1981 nuptials By Diana Pearl Updated on July 29, 2022 09:05 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Diana enters Buckingham Palace surrounded by the young bridesmaids and pageboys. Around 3,500 guests attended their July 29 nuptials back in 1981. 02 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online In her arms, Diana cradles Clementine Hambro, who, at just 5 years old, was her youngest bridesmaid. 03 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Unlike the rest of the girls, Hambro was Diana's choice – she was a favorite pupil of Diana's at the Young England kindergarten, where she taught before she was married. 04 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Dubbed the "wedding of the century," Charles and Diana's nuptials were attended by the royal family at home, and others abroad. Here, the Queen Mother looks on as Diana and Charles speak with their attendants. 05 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Princess Diana walks side-by-side with her new mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. 06 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Prince Andrew (bending) and Princes Charles (right) chat with the wedding attendants after the elaborate ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. 07 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Charles and Diana walk out onto the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony, where hundreds of thousands of well-wishers wait below. 08 of 14 RR Auction The newlyweds in a candid, intimate moment just after saying their vows at St. Paul's. Diana's iconic dress was crafted by British fashion designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel. 09 of 14 Princess Diana. RR Auction/Splash News Online Diana — and her long (25-foot!) train — prepare for the day's official portraits. 10 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Both the Spencer and Windsor-Mountbatten family filled the Buckingham Palace throne room before the staged portraits were shot. 11 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online Princess Michael of Kent, wife of Prince Michael, a cousin of the Queen, chats with a guest. 12 of 14 RR Auction These photographs are outtakes from Patrick Lichfield's private photograph taken for the royal family. Since 1981, the photographer's assistant has held these rare images. 13 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online The enormous crowds near Buckingham Palace are broadcast on a television nearby… 14 of 14 RR Auction/Splash News Online …while the Queen looks on. "You can see the Queen watching the throng of people outside Buckingham Palace," Bobby Livingston, Executive VP of RR Auctions, told PEOPLE. "It's pretty spectacular."