Princess Diana portraits by Mario Testino to be shown at Althorp

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15 photographs taken by Mario Testino of the late Diana, Princess of Wales will be displayed from May at Althorp estate.

Althorp, built in 1508, is the ancestral home of the Spencer family and is also the location of Diana’s burial place and memorial.

The photographs were originally shot by Testino for Vanity Fair and were the last official images to be taken of Diana before her death. The whole collection will be on display in the exhibition rooms of Althorp’s Grade I-listed stables alongside other memento’s of Diana’s life and legacy.

Mario Testino said about the exhibition: “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.”

The original photographs are part of the permanent exhibition at a museum in Lima Peru, MATE (Museo Mario Testino), and were previously shown at Kensington Palace in 2005. MATE was founded by Testino in 2012 and displays contemporary art and photography by Peruvian artists.

The exhibition opens on May 1 and runs until October 8 during normal opening days. Entrance is included in the regular admission ticket, which costs £18.50 for adults and £16 for concessions. Visitors are also invited to make a donation to MATE and the Diana Awards if they wish to do so.

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