Frances Shand Kydd

Frances Shand Kydd

Born Jan 20, 1936

The Honourable Frances Shand Kydd was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Biographer Max Riddington, who was the writer of Frances: The Remarkable Story of Princess Diana's Mother, described Frances as a woman who was "certainly complicated" and also "funny, warm, intelligent" and "energetic". After Diana's death on 31 August 1997, Frances devoted the final years of her life to Roman Catholic charity work.… Read More

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1936 Birth Shand Kydd was born Frances Ruth Roche in Park House, on the royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk, on 20 January 1936. … Read More


1954 18 Years Old On 1 June 1954, Frances Burke Roche married John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer), at Westminster Abbey. … Read More


1967 31 Years Old Her marriage to Viscount Althorp was not a happy one and, in 1967, she left to be with Peter Shand Kydd, an heir to a wallpaper fortune whom she had met the year before. … Read More
1969 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Following her breakup with John Spencer, Viscount Althorp in 1969, and Diana's death in 1997, Shand Kydd devoted the final years of her life to Roman Catholic charity work.


1976 40 Years Old On 14 July 1976, Viscount Althorp married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the daughter of the novelist Barbara Cartland.


1988 52 Years Old Shand Kydd and her second husband separated in June 1988 after he left her for a younger woman. … Read More


1996 60 Years Old In 1996, she was banned from driving after being convicted of drunk-driving, but denied she had a problem with alcohol.
1997 61 Years Old She and Diana quarrelled in May 1997 after she told Hello! magazine that Diana was happy to lose her title of "Her Royal Highness" following her controversial divorce from Prince Charles. … Read More
2002 66 Years Old In 2002, she testified at the trial of Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell. … Read More
2004 68 Years Old Shand Kydd died in a Scottish hospital at the age of 68 on 3 June 2004 following a long illness that included Parkinson's disease and brain cancer. … Read More
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