11 MAY 1981: SNOWDON CAMERA TRICKS KEEP CHARLES AHEAD: TWO OFFICIAL WEDDING SOUVENIR PORTRAITS LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1981

11 MAY 1981: SNOWDON CAMERA TRICKS KEEP CHARLES AHEAD: TWO OFFICIAL WEDDING SOUVENIR PORTRAITS LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1981

imageIn a break with tradition, two official photos were released on 11 May 1981 in order to beat commercial publishers.  Snowdon took special care to show Lady Diana to be shorter than Prince Charles as the news article below points out. The formal portrait above, was used on the Royal Wedding Official Stamps and in the Official Royal Wedding Programme. The other photo taken at Highrove, with Charles in full Naval uniform and Diana in the green satin Nettie Vogues gown below, was used in the Official Royal Wedding Souvenir booklet.
image imageimageimage image Charles and Diana, however, had arrived at Barbara Cartland’s Kilphedir Lodge in Scotland on 11 May 1981 where Charles was to do some fishing on the River Helmsdale.

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Barbara Cartland at Kilphedir Lodge on the River Helmsdale, September 1990

Barbara Cartland at Kilphedir Lodge on the River Helmsdale, September 1990

The six bedroom lodge in Helmsdale, Sutherland is part of Diana’s step-grandmother’s family, the McCorquodales. It is very close to the Suisgill Lodge where Charles and Diana spent part of their honeymoon in August 1981.
imageThe area was a special hideaway for the couple during their courtship in the 1980’s and after their marriage.