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Princess Diana’s brother shares rare childhood photo taken by their father on her 60th birthday

  • Charles Spencer, along with his siblings Sarah and Jane, attended the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace on Thursday.
  • Every detail of the statue was well-thought out by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams, down to the details in Diana’s dress.
  • On what would have been the princess’ 60th birthday, Althorp House also shared a rare childhood photo of Diana taken by her father, the 8th Earl Spencer.


Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer and younger brother of the Princess of Wales, was in attendance at the unveiling of the Diana statue on Thursday to mark her 60th birthday, along with his sisters Sarah and Jane, and Princes William and Harry.

Honouring his sister in his own way, though, Charles shared on the Althorp House Twitter and Instagram pages a rare childhood photo of Diana outside Park House, on the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, the place where she was born in 1961 and frequented by the Cambridges.

“Today is the 60th Birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales. 1 July 1961 was an exceptionally hot English summer’s day, Diana’s parents always remembered,” the photo, taken by Diana’s father the 8th Earl Spencer, was captioned. She wears a white sweater, coordinating skirt and knee socks, with her hair pulled back in pigtails.


At Thursday’s unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue, the royal was revealed in what is thought to have been her attire in the final stages of her life.

Kensington Palace explained: “The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion.”

She’s wearing a button-down blouse, skirt featuring and a statement belt, which, according to People, appears to be the same outfit she wore in a 1993 holiday card with Prince William and Harry, while the children featured in the statue symbolises the universality and generational impact of her work.

The publication refers to a previous interview with Eleri Lynn, the curator of an exhibit on Diana, to speak more to the princess’ style in the later years of her life. “She abandoned the royal protocol of wearing gloves because she liked to hold hands when visiting people or shake hands and have direct contact,” she said.

“She also stopped wearing hats because she said, ‘You can’t cuddle a child in a hat.'”




Prince Harry, Prince William



Prince Harry, Prince William



Prince Harry, Prince William