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Here Is Everything That You Should Know About Loved Princess Diana

Princess Diana was loved and cherished since she officially became a royal to the time of her untimely death.

To the people, she was more than her royal duties. Her grace, community spirit, and friendliness became her selling point to the public. She dazzled in good outfits and served as a fashion icon of her time. 

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Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. She died after sustaining serious injuries in a fatal car crash.

Early Life

Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961, into the British nobility. She was the youngest daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, and Frances Shand Kydd. 

Loved Princess Diana had two older sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and an older brother, Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. Diana was seven years old when her parents divorced.

Princess Diana led a very unhappy and unstable childhood. After her parents’ divorce, her father won custody over her.

He then got married again to Raine, Countess of Dartmouth. Diana’s relationship with her step-mother was problematic from the word go. She even pushed her down the stairs at one point.

In school, she didn’t excel in studies but was talented in music, dance, and sports. She showed a talent for music as an accomplished pianist. Diana also excelled in swimming and diving and studied ballet and tap dance.

She initially started as a homeschooled student. When she was nine, Diana joined an all-girls boarding school near Thetford called Riddlesworth Hall School. 

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Shortly after, in 1973, she joined her sisters at West Heath Girls’ School in Sevenoaks, Kent. She failed her O-levels twice.

Family

Diana got engaged to the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, in 1981. The two first met back in 1977 when she was 16. Charles was dating her older sister Sarah at the time.

Their engagement which was kept a secret for the first few weeks came after a brief courtship, after which they tied the knot.  Following the engagement, Diana left her occupation as a kindergarten assistant and moved into Buckingham Palace until the wedding.

Their wedding took place at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 and made Diana the Princess of Wales at twenty years old. 

The service was widely described as a “fairytale wedding” and was watched by a global television audience of 750 million people while 600,000 spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple en route to the ceremony.

The dress she wore on her big day was worth £9,000 with a 25-foot train. She was well-received by the public.

The couple had two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. 

On 21 June 1982, the Princess gave birth to the couple’s first son, Prince William.

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Two years later, their second son, Prince Harry, was born on 15 September 1984.

Five years in, the couple became rocky as extramarital affairs and scandals engulfed them. The marriage ended in divorce in 1996.

Career

During her time as a princess, Diana diligently took up her royal duties as an extension of the Queen. She began to develop and pursue her own interests.

She served as a strong supporter of many charities and worked to help the homeless, people living with HIV and AIDS and children in need.

It is common knowledge that she felt overwhelmed by her royal duties and the intense media coverage of nearly every aspect of her life. 

In 1987, Diana was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of London, the highest honor which is in the power of the City of London to bestow on someone.

Death

Princess Diana was involved in a road accident on a tunnel in Paris, France where she sustained injuries that claimed her life on 31 August 1997.

The people who were with her in the car were her partner, Dodi Fayed, their driver, Henri Paul, and their bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones. 

Trevor was the only survivor who walked away with serious injuries. Her death caused an outpouring of grief in the United Kingdom and worldwide, and her funeral was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people. 

Members of the public were invited to sign a book of condolence at St. James Palace. All 11,000 light bulbs at Harrods were turned off and not switched on again until after the funeral.

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