Rare photos of Princess Diana with long hair

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One image many of us have of Princess Diana is that of the blonde short haircut that we were so used to seeing on her. But one question many royal fans have asked is, has the Princess of Wales ever had long hair? Diana wore her hair as a child. But what about her time as a royal when she was married to the future king? Well, she did.

Princess Diana | Princess Diana Archives / Getty Images

Here are some rare photos of the People’s Princess wearing her long hair.

A do inspired by the 40s

1984 was a year full of ups and downs for Diana. It was the year of the birth of her second son, Prince Harry, but it was also the moment when she admitted that her marriage to Prince Charles had really deteriorated.

Whether things were going well or bad behind the palace walls, the press and the public had fallen in love with the princess by then, and she seemed to shine whenever she interacted with royal fans.

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Princess Diana | Jayne Fincher / Princesse Diana Archive / Getty Images

It was also the same year that she decided to grow her hair a little longer than she normally did. There are more photos than any other moment of Diana with longer locks than usual, including the image above in which she donned a pink Jasper Conran costume with a 40s inspired C.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Additionally, in November 1984 Diana was again pictured with shoulder length hair.

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Princess Diana | Anwar Hussein / WireImage

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The Princess of Wales was pictured attending the remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph in London with the rest of the Royal Family. Her longer-than-usual locks can be seen hanging from under her black hat.

Visit a doctor

The same month, the Princess visited Dr Barnados’ home in East Ham, London.

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Princess Diana | Kent Gavin / Daily Mirror / Mirrorpix / Getty Images

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As Good Housekeeping noted, she wore half of her mane pinned back and the rest down that day.

Windswept hair

In January 1985, Diana opted to cut short again and had her hair cut just above her shoulders.

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Princess Diana | Anwar Hussein / WireImage

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But as the image below shows, it was still a bit longer here than the later published photos of Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother.

A fashion show in Sydney, Australia

Three years later, Diana attended a fashion show at the Sydney Opera House in Australia and was photographed from behind with a stunning, strategically placed hair accessory.

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Back of Princess Diana’s Head | Jayne Fincher / Getty Images

She rocked a star-shaped piece of diamond paste from Butler and Wilson, which showed her hair long enough to be swept up in a neat style above and behind her ears.

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