Princess Diana

  • Birth

    Diana was born to an aristocratic family with links to the Royal Family. Her father was Edward Spencer, Viscount Althorp. Edward Spencer was a direct descendant of Charles II. Her mother was Frances Viscountess Althorp and was distantly related with the Queen Mother; she was also of American descent.
  • Youth

    When Diana was young, her parents divorced with her father winning a bitter battle for custody of the children. Diana grew up in the family home of Park House, before moving to Althorp in 1975.
  • Education

    instead of a normal primary school or preschool, Diana was initially educated at home by a governess named Gertrude Allen, as the Washington Post described. Her first real school experience was at Silfield Private School in Gayton, Norfolk, followed by an all-girls boarding prep school, Riddlesworth Hall School, when she was 9. At the age of 12, or "junior high" age, she moved schools once again, this time to West Heath Girls' School in Kent, England, where both of her sisters also went
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    Diana first met Charles in 1977. When she was 16 (at the time he was dating her sister) In 1980 they met at a polo game and Charles invited her to the royal yacht Britannia in Cowes. After this was successful and they got on well, he invited her to Balmoral to meet the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were increasingly anxious for Charles to marry. Diana made the requirements. Charles proposed to Diana on feb 6 1981 they made it official feb 24
  • Wedding

    Diana and Charles were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral lots of people were watching the wedding they lined the streets and millions watched on TV
  • Becoming a mother

    During their marriage, they had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. She was a devoted mother and sought to bring them up to respect diversity and the challenges of the role that was destined for them. In particular, she wanted them to have a wide experience of life and not remain closeted in royal circles. Diana often resisted royal protocols when it came to her sons
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    However, in the mid-1980s, strains started to appear in the marriage, and under much publicity, the marriage broke up leading to a divorce in 1992. Diana later said in interviews that almost as soon as they were married, Charles was in contact with Camilla Parker-Bowles and it was difficult to have a marriage with three people in it. Charles only married her under pressure from his father to get married to a suitable bride sooner rather than later.
  • Charity work

    As Princess of Wales, Diana was expected to take part in various official engagements such as the opening of hospitals. This provided a natural outlet for her to become involved in various types of charitable work. Her natural sympathy and oneness with patients was much admired. This provided a natural outlet for her to become involved in various types of charitable work. Her natural sympathy and oneness with patients was much admired.
  • More charity

    In 1987, Princess Diana was one of the first well-known celebrities to be photographed with a victim of AIDS. Diana said “HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them hug heaven knows they need it”.
  • Death

    Diana died on 31st August 1997, in a car crash involving Dodi Al-Fayed in Paris. She was being chased be paparazzi The inquest noted that the driver was also under the influence of drugs and drink. The late princess did not suffer many injuries in the crash apart from a few broken bones and a small chest injury - but it was a tiny punctured vein in her lungs that killed her.
  • Funeral

    The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales started on Saturday 6 September 1997 at 9:08 am in London, when the tenor bell of Westminster Abbey started tolling to signal the departure of the cortège from Kensington Palace. The coffin was carried from the palace on a gun carriage by riders of the King's Troop and escorted by mounted police, along Hyde Park to St James's Palace, where Diana's body had remained for five days before being taken to Kensington Palace
  • Even more charity

    In June 1998 she sold 79 of her dresses at Christie’s auction house in New York, raising $4.5 million for AIDS and cancer research charities. She also became involved in the campaign to bad landmines. In January 1997 she visited mine fields in Angola to inspect the clearing of landmines and this had a lasting impact on her. Shortly before her death, June 18th, Princess Diana met with Mother Teresa.