02 July 2017

Jewels in Motion: Lady Diana Spencer

Diana wears a necklace borrowed from Collingwood with pearl earrings as she arrives at Claridges Hotel for a return banquet during the Saudi state visit, June 1981 (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, we're spending each Sunday of this month (her birth month) enjoying collections of GIFs featuring her jewels in motion. Today, we're looking at moving images of her jewels from her engagement, before her famous royal wedding. 

Enjoy -- and remember, this series is about celebrating Diana's life and jewels, not about rehashing tired arguments, so please keep the comments on topic and civil! (Also, please note that some GIFs may feature flash photography.)




Charles and Diana greet the press at Buckingham Palace during their official engagement announcement, February 1981




Cameras capture rings on both Charles and Diana's hands -- her engagement ring, his signet ring -- during the official engagement announcement, February 1981




Diana, wearing pearls, waves as she poses with Charles shortly after their engagement announcement, February 1981




Diana's first official engagement, a charity ball at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London, March 1981; she wears a diamond necklace and diamond earrings, all borrowed from her mother, Frances Shand-Kydd. Diana also wore the earrings on her wedding day




Diana meets Princess Grace of Monaco at the Goldsmiths' Hall, March 1981




Diana goes on her first royal walkabout, during a trip to Broadlands to open an exhibition about the Mountbattens, May 1981




Diana adjusts her red hat against the wind as she and Charles leave the church following the wedding of Nicholas Soames, June 1981




Diana joins the procession at the palace during a state dinner for the King of Saudi Arabia, June 1981




Diana, sitting beside King Constantine of Greece, watches tennis at Wimbledon, July 1981




Charles and Diana hold hands during their pre-wedding interview in the Summer House at Buckingham Palace, July 1981



Diana's earrings move and shine as she speaks during the pre-wedding interview, July 1981




Charles and Diana wave to the crowds outside St. Paul's Cathedral following their wedding rehearsal, July 1981