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See Princess Diana and Prince Charles During Their Hands-On Caribbean Vacation

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The paparazzi always had a thing for Princess Diana. And why not? She was young, beautiful, and charismatic, even as a shy newlywed. So when she and Prince Charles flew to the Bahamas for a 10-day vacation in February 1982, they tried to fool the British press by traveling as Mr. and Mrs. Hardy. That trick didn’t work at all!

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The tabloids struck gold. Diana was about five months pregnant at the time with Prince William (who was born in June that year). But instead of hiding her bump beneath a maternity swimsuit, she wore a bikini. When the photos appeared along with headlines like “Bahama Mama,” Queen Elizabeth called it “the blackest day in the history of British journalism.”

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Sure, we wonder what the fuss was about now. But what strikes us about these photos are how happy the two parents-to-be look, and how affectionate they were with each other. There 10-day stay in the sun was a true babymoon, and these photos prove it! Swipe through and see for yourself. One in particular is kind of jaw-dropping, as we’d NEVER seen Charles and Diana that loosey-goosey before.

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