Diana, Princess of Wales. London, Vanity Fair 1997. Copyright Mario Testino
Diana, Princess of Wales. London, Vanity Fair 1997. Copyright Mario Testino

Fifteen iconic images taken in 1997 by Mario Testino of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display this summer at Althorp – family home of the Spencers since 1508, and the final resting place of the princess.

The photographs Testino initially shot for Vanity Fair turned out to be the last official portraits taken of the Princess before her untimely death the same year. Twenty years later, these images will be on display in their entirety in the exhibition rooms located within Althorp’s glorious, Grade I-listed, Stables.

I have always felt that Mario Testino captured the essence of Diana, quite brilliantly. These wonderful images made a huge impact on me when I saw them first, and revisiting them now, twenty years later, seems a fitting tribute to my beautiful, fabulous, sister.” – Earl Spencer

Previously shown at Kensington Palace in 2005, the original photographs now form part of the permanent exhibition at MATE – Museo Mario Testino – in Lima, Peru where a room is dedicated to a selection of images from the collection. The exhibition at Althorp this year will be the first time in over twelve years that the entire collection will be on display.

It’s a real privilege to have been given the opportunity to photograph someone like Princess Diana, and to have the images become symbolic of her kindness and beauty. I’m very happy to see them at Earl Spencer’s home, which brings her back to her family estate.” – Mario Testino

Opens May 1, 2017 and runs until October 8, 2017 during House Opening days.

Entrance to this ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’ exhibition and ‘Walking in her Shoes’  – an exhibition showcasing the work of 20 truly outstanding young people who hold The Diana Award’s Legacy Award,  is included in the regular Althorp admission ticket. For details of House Opening dates, and admission prices, please click here.