Never-seen-before photo of Princess Diana unveiled ahead of special honor at Kate and William's home

An unseen photo of Princess Diana has been released 33 years after it was taken

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An unseen photo of Princess Diana taken over three decades ago has been unveiled for the first time, ahead of being displayed at Kate Middleton and Prince William's home. 

An unearthed photo of Princess Diana is set to go on display at Kensington Palace this week, in a special exhibition in the royal residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton. 

The portrait, which was taken by photographer David Bailey back in 1988, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and has finally been released for viewing by the public.

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The gorgeous black and white shot of Princess Diana shows Prince William and Prince Harry's late mother, who died in 1997, in a regal side profile pose.

The photograph will appear alongside some of the most famous pictures of the royal family, including snaps of Diana's grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by Kate Middleton. 

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Upon hearing the news, royal fans flocked to social media to express their joy over seeing a new glimpse of Diana. 

One pointed out the resemblance between the newly released image and the striking portrait of Kate Middleton shared earlier this year. 

"These definitely remind me of each other," they penned, sharing a side by side comparison of the two photos. 

"Wow it's beautiful!! I'm sure this great exhibition will be a huge success," another penned. 

"In this photograph Princess Diana expresses a sweet and at the same time a little sad feeling," another pointed out. 

Caitlin Elliott