Dale Tryon
British baroness, businesswoman
Dale Tryon
Dale Elizabeth Tryon, Baroness Tryon, was a colourful figure in royal court circles, being a close friend of both Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, and a successful businesswoman in the international fashion world, with the fashion label "Kanga" and couture line "The Dale Tryon Collection". Tryon gave her support to a number of charities including SANE—the mental health charity of which she was the Chairman.
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    FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 49
    Tryon was left a paraplegic from her fall, and even after more than a year in a spinal rehab she never walked again. Coupled with recurring depression, and after being told by her husband that he wanted a divorce, she was detained on 17 June 1997 under the Mental Health Act for 28 days, after leaving the Black Horse Inn in Great Durnford.
    More Details Hide Details After release from the spinal injuries unit at Salisbury District Hospital, she returned home. After her divorce she renounced her title, and moved into The Ritz hotel, from where she gave her last recorded interview with journalist Christopher Wilson.
  • 1993
    Age 45
    Some reports are quoted as saying that after the birth of her twins, Dale suffered from a recurrent bout of spina bifida, during the treatment for which it was discovered she was suffering from cancer of the uterus in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details However spina bifida is a physical deformity of the spine – a permanent condition – and is not suffered in 'bouts'. It is more likely that her health suffered from her known diagnosis of Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease. After this point she travelled for a period with a nurse, a physiotherapist, and her daughter, who would lie next to her as she slept, rolling her over regularly. To help her recover from her medical treatments, Tryon became very interested in alternative medicine and a wide variety of spiritual practices; she also decided to undertake a retreat in the Himalayas. Soon after she received the 'all clear' from cancer, Tryon underwent treatment at Farm Place, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic in Surrey. She was on a heavy dose of painkillers, and drank excessive quantities of vodka and champagne. While undergoing treatment for addiction at the clinic, she jumped from a first-floor window, broke her back and was paralysed.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 35
    In 1983, Dale started a fashion business called Kanga, located in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge.
    More Details Hide Details Launched through a personal television appearance on the ITV1 show This Morning hosted by friends Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, Dale persuaded Diana to wear a Kanga dress to the Live Aid concert. Kanga quickly became a favourite of the Sloane Ranger set, and became a successful international business. Dale lived in both London and Lord Tryon's family home, the 18th-century Manor House at Great Durnford, near Salisbury. From the early 1980s her clothes were sold in shops in England, America, Australia, France and Spain, and her own boutique in Knightsbridge was later joined by branches in Salisbury, Hong Kong and Dublin. Both "Kanga" and her couture line named "The Dale Tryon Collection" were very successful.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 25
    Dale and Anthony married in 1973, and had four children: Zoe Tryon, Charles, and twins Edward and Victoria.
    More Details Hide Details She and Prince Charles both enjoyed fly fishing, which they undertook regularly, and he publicly described Kanga as "the only woman who ever understood me."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on January 3, 1948.
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