Diana, Wales
First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales
Diana, Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981. She was also well known for her fund-raising work for international charities, and an eminent celebrity of the late 20th century. Her wedding to Charles, heir to the British throne and those of the 16 Commonwealth realms, was held at St Paul's Cathedral and seen by a global television audience of over 750 million.
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October 08, 2012
Prince William's wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to a London hospital after officials confirmed the British royals are expecting their first child. (File Photos)
October 07, 2012
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Middle Temple. The Duke of Cambridge, Master of the Bench, and The Duchess of Cambridge met recipients of the
May 15, 2011
A Long, Dramatic Evening Dress of Black Velvet by Bruce Oldfield. 'The Life of a Royal Icon' - A collection of 14 dresses of the late Diana, Princess of Wales,currently being displayed at Toronto's Design Exchange. The dresses will be auctioned at Wadding
November 17, 2010
Kate Middleton wearing her engagement ring which belonged to Diana Princess of Wales seen on 'Daybreak', shown on ITV
October 30, 2010
***File Photo*** Diana, Princess of Wales poses with Prince William and Queen Sofia of Spain during a summer holiday.
August 16, 2010
"The Switch" Premiere
May 31, 2010
The dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales are going up for auction seen on 'This Morning', shown on ITV.
April 11, 2010
***FILE PHOTO*** * PRINCE WILLIAM GIVES DIANA'S RING TO 'SPECIAL' MIDDLETON PRINCE WILLIAM has presented his fiancee KATE MIDDLETON with his mother's engagement ring - to mark his devotion to his "special" wife-to-be. On Tuesday (16Nov10), the British roy
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Diana's Princes announce lasting memorial to their mother, "who touched so many lives" - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.uk Diana's Princes announce lasting memorial to their mother, "who touched so many lives" Telegraph.co.uk Princes William and Harry have come together to ensure their mother Diana, Princess of Wales is never forgotten. In an emotional move in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of her death in August, they have announced their desire to see a lasting public ... Princess Diana statue planned by sons William and Harry to mark 20 years since her tragic deathMirror.co.uk Princes William and Harry plan statue of their mother, DianaThe Guardian Princes to mark Diana anniversary with statueSky News Belfast Telegraph -International Business Times UK -BBC News -South Wales Evening Post all 81 news articles »
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Opinion: Please don't name royal baby Diana
CNN - almost 2 years
Much like the ardent young royal-watchers of today, enamored by the Duchess of Cambridge's very being, I was similarly captivated by Diana, Princess of Wales when I was a youngster.
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Press set to cover new royal baby from a distance
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
When Prince William and his wife Kate emerge from hospital cradling the new royal baby for the cameras, the picture will be on the front of newspapers worldwide. Their first child, Prince George, is approaching his second birthday but has only appeared in public a few times -- outside the hospital when he was born in 2013, at his christening and on a tour of Australia and New Zealand last year. "People have quite an outdated view of the British royal press pack," said Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for Britain's Daily Express newspaper. The death of William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was a turning point in the royal family's relationship with the media.
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Prince Charles wailed 'I can't go through with it' on eve of marriage to Princess ... - Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.uk Prince Charles wailed 'I can't go through with it' on eve of marriage to Princess ... Telegraph.co.uk The Prince of Wales was wracked with such doubts about his doomed marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales that he told an aide on the eve of his wedding: “I can't go through with it,” a new biography reveals. Both the Prince and his young bride-to-be ... Prince Charles and what he really thinks about Prince Andrew's 'sex slave' scandalDaily Mail Prince pulls back from arms role in Middle EastThe Times (subscription) If Prince Charles is going to be this troublesome, we don't really want him to be ...The Independent Reuters UK -News24 all 196 news articles »
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John Tavener Dies at 69; Composer With Eye on God
NYTimes - over 3 years
Mr. Tavener, a composer informed by Orthodox Christianity, was heard throughout the world in his elegy, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.     
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John Tavener dies at 69: the veil falls for the final time
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The British composer's music is essentially spiritual, but in a much more fearless way than his detractors think John Tavener, who has died peacefully at 69 at his home, was the single most popular British classical composer of the late 20th and 21st centuries. His music has become part of public consciousness, making him a unique cultural figure. When Tavener's Song for Athene was sung at Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral in 1997, the music's haunting austerity was a lightning conductor for the grief of the watching millions, its deceptive simplicity somehow expressing and comforting those teeming collective emotions. When his cello concerto, The Protecting Veil, was premiered at the Proms in 1989, the effect was similarly rapturous, as Steve Isserlis's playing transported the audience into a realm of mystical contemplation. The Lamb, a choral setting of William Blake from 1982, is another of Tavener's most celebrated works, music that's once heard, never forgotten, its delicate r ...
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Review: Naomi Watts is extraordinary in the flawed 'Diana'
LATimes - over 3 years
Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic of Diana, Princess of Wales, is an admirable effort that falls short, though its star, Naomi Watts, shines. While Diana, Princess of Wales, was living life as the World's Most Famous Woman, happiness was an elusive pursuit: a nagging struggle between a thirst for privacy and a need for affirming public recognition. That the new film "Diana," based on Kate Snell's book about Diana's two-year secret romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, has met with contemptuous reception in Britain only shows that the late royal belongs more to the people she touched and inspired than any one film could hope to dramatize.
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Prince George christening to be attended by four generations of royalty
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
William and Kate break with tradition by choosing friends as godparents rather than senior members of royal family Four generations of the royal family will gather for the private christening of Prince George of Cambridge, the third in line to the throne. During the private and intimate service on Wednesday afternoon, Prince George, who will one day become defender of the faith and supreme governor of the Church of England, will be baptised by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Details of his godparents, chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were announced by Kensington Palace ahead of the small and intimate service at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. The list show the couple breaking with tradition by choosing close friends and confidants from their school and university days rather than senior members of the royal family. Oliver Baker, who attended the University of St Andrews with the couple, and Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who attended Marlborough Colleg ...
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Being Diana
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A unique series of on-set photographs by Brigitte Lacombe captures Naomi Watts’s transformation as Diana, Princess of Wales
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Police probe new Diana murder claim
Fox News - over 3 years
Police said they were examining new information about the 1997 death of Diana, princess of Wales, reportedly including an allegation that she was murdered by a British military figure.
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British police probe new Diana death information
Fox News - over 3 years
British police said Saturday they were examining recently received information relating to the 1997 death of Diana, princess of Wales.
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UK's Prince Harry visits Angola
CNN - over 3 years
Prince Harry has arrived in the southern African nation of Angola to visit mine clearance projects run by the same charity backed by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Liz Smith: Royal Baby Mania -- Is It the Real Turtle Soup Or The Mock? -- the Big Buzz on 'Parkland' Movie
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"THE TWO most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why," said Mark Twain. • IF YOU listen to news reports, the entire world -- Britain and the United States in particular -- was insane waiting for the birth of the Royal Baby. (Unless Kate Middleton's labor has been unduly grueling, the child should have arrived yesterday.) Well, sure, in the U.K. people are very invested. They will always love their monarchy, despite periodic grumblings. After all, Britain is hardly a world power anymore. Billions of dollars are accrued by tourism -- tourists who want to gaze upon Buckingham Palace, or the site where Anne Boleyn was beheaded. England needs the monarchy. Financially, if not as emotionally as it did in the past. But just as the engagement and wedding of Kate and William were, I think, manufactured "sensations" here in the USA, the same goes for the birth of their first child. They are a charming couple. Attractive and as m ...
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Jim David: God Save the Gracious Queen!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning constitutional monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of the Commonwealth realms; Supreme Governor of the Church of England; head of the Commonwealth of Nations; mother of Charles, Prince of Wales; grandmother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales; former mother-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales; daughter of King George VI; great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria; and heir to Queen Elizabeth I, King Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and God knows who else, has given her "royal assent" that puts marriage equality into law in England and Wales. The. Queen. Of. England. Has. Just. Approved. Marriage. Equality. Once more, ladies and gentlemen: The Queen of England has just approved marriage equality. I'd say this qualifies as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in a series of very big deals. It was a big deal when the Netherlands became the first country to legalize marri ...
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New details on royal baby birth plans
CNN- Cafferty File - over 3 years
Prince William's wife, Catherine, plans to give birth to their first baby in the same hospital wing where her husband was born to Diana, Princess of Wales, almost 31 years ago, sources familiar with the plans said Wednesday.
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Royals reveal Kate's baby plans
CNN - over 3 years
Prince William's wife, Catherine, plans to give birth to their first baby in the same hospital wing where her husband was born to Diana, Princess of Wales, almost 31 years ago, sources familiar with the plans said Wednesday.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales
    TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral.
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    Her final official engagement was a visit to Northwick Park Hospital, London, on 21 July 1997.
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    Released as a single in 1997, the global proceeds from the song have gone to Diana's charities.
    More Details Hide Details The burial occurred privately later the same day. Diana's former husband, sons, mother, siblings, a close friend, and a clergyman were present. Diana's body was clothed in a black long-sleeved dress designed by Catherine Walker, which she had chosen some weeks before. A set of rosary beads was placed in her hands, a gift she had received from Mother Teresa, who died the same week as Diana. Her grave is on an island within the grounds of Althorp Park, the Spencer family home for centuries. The burial party was provided by the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, who were given the honour of carrying the Princess across to the island and laying her to rest. Diana was the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief from 1992 to 1996. The original plan was for Diana to be buried in the Spencer family vault at the local church in nearby Great Brington, but Lord Spencer said that he was concerned about public safety and security and the onslaught of visitors that might overwhelm Great Brington. He decided that Diana would be buried where her grave could be easily cared for and visited in privacy by William, Harry, and other Spencer relatives.
    Her coffin, draped with the royal flag, was brought to London from Paris by Prince Charles and Diana's two sisters on 31 August 1997.
    More Details Hide Details After being taken to a private mortuary it was placed in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. Diana's funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September. The previous day Queen Elizabeth II had paid tribute to her in a live television broadcast. Her sons walked in the funeral procession behind her coffin, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, Diana's brother Lord Spencer, and representatives of some of her charities. Lord Spencer said of his sister, "She proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic." Re-written in tribute to Diana, "Candle in the Wind" was performed by Elton John at the funeral service (the only occasion the song has been performed live).
    On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris.
    More Details Hide Details The funeral saw the British television audience peak at 32.10 million, one of the United Kingdom's highest viewing figures ever, while millions more watched the event around the world. The initial French judicial investigation concluded the accident was caused by Paul's drunken loss of control. In February 1998, Mohamed Al-Fayed, owner of the Paris Ritz where Paul had worked, publicly maintained that the crash had been planned, accusing MI6 and the Duke of Edinburgh. An inquest in London starting in 2004 and continued in 2007–08 attributed the accident to grossly negligent driving by Paul and to the pursuing paparazzi. On 7 April 2008, the jury returned a verdict of "unlawful killing". The day following the final verdict of the inquest, Al-Fayed announced he would end his 10-year campaign to establish that it was murder rather than an accident, stating that he did so for the sake of the princess's children.
    According to Khan's testimonial at the inquest for her death, it was Diana who ended their relationship in a late-night meeting in Hyde Park, which adjoins the grounds of Kensington Palace, in June 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Within a month Diana had begun seeing Dodi Fayed, son of her host that summer, Mohamed Al-Fayed. Diana had considered taking her sons that summer on a holiday to the Hamptons on Long Island, New York, but security officials had prevented it. After deciding against a trip to Thailand, she accepted Fayed's invitation to join his family in the south of France, where his compound and large security detail would not cause concern to the Royal Protection squad. Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the Jonikal, a 60-metre multimillion-pound yacht on which to entertain Diana and her sons.
    A few months after Diana's death in 1997, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines won the Nobel Peace Prize.
    More Details Hide Details Diana was a long-standing and active supporter of Centrepoint, a charity which provides accommodation and support to homeless people, and became patron in 1992. She supported organisations that battle poverty and homelessness. "We, as a part of society, must ensure that young people – who are our future – are given the chance they deserve," she said. After the divorce, Diana retained her double apartment on the north side of Kensington Palace which she had shared with the Prince of Wales since the first year of their marriage, and it remained her home until her death. She continued to use two offices at St James's Palace. Diana dated the British-Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who was called "the love of her life" after her death by many of her closest friends. In May 1996, Diana visited Lahore upon invitation of Imran Khan, a relative of Hasnat Khan, and visited the latter's family in secret. Khan was intensely private and the relationship was conducted in secrecy, with Diana lying to members of the press who questioned her about it. Their relationship lasted almost two years with differing accounts of who ended it.
    From 7 to 10 August 1997, just days before her death, she visited Bosnia and Herzegovina with Jerry White and Ken Rutherford of the Landmine Survivors Network.
    More Details Hide Details Her work on the landmines issue has been described as influential in the signing of the Ottawa Treaty, which created an international ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines. Introducing the Second Reading of the Landmines Bill 1998 to the British House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, paid tribute to Diana's work on landmines: All Honourable Members will be aware from their postbags of the immense contribution made by Diana, Princess of Wales to bringing home to many of our constituents the human costs of landmines. The best way in which to record our appreciation of her work, and the work of NGOs that have campaigned against landmines, is to pass the Bill, and to pave the way towards a global ban on landmines. Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), said that landmines remained "a deadly attraction for children, whose innate curiosity and need for play often lure them directly into harm's way". She urged countries which produce and stockpile the largest numbers of landmines (United States, China, India, North Korea, Pakistan, and Russia) to sign the treaty.
    Diana was the patron of HALO Trust. In January 1997, pictures of Diana touring an Angolan minefield in a ballistic helmet and flak jacket were seen worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details It was during this campaign that some accused her of meddling in politics and declared her a 'loose cannon'.
    In March 1997, Diana visited South Africa, where she met with President Nelson Mandela.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 November 2002, Mandela announced that the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund would be teaming up with the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund to help victims of AIDS. They had planned the combination of the two charities a few months before her death. "When she stroked the limbs of someone with leprosy or sat on the bed of a man with HIV/AIDS and held his hand, she transformed public attitudes and improved the life chances of such people," Mandela said about the late Princess. Diana had used her celebrity status to "fight stigma attached to people living with HIV/AIDS", Mandela said.
    In June 1997, her dresses and suits were sold at Christie's auction houses in London and New York, and the proceeds that were earned from these events were donated to charities.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1989, the Princess visited a leprosy hospital in Indonesia. She became patron of the Leprosy Mission, an organisation dedicated to providing medicine, treatment, and other support services to those who are afflicted with the disease.
    In May 1997, the Princess opened the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts in Leicester, after being asked by her friend Richard Attenborough.
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  • 1996
    In October 1996, for her works on the elderly, the Princess received a gold medal at a health care conference organised by the Pio Manzù Centre in Rimini, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details The day after her divorce, she announced her resignation from over 100 charities to spend more time with only six: Centrepoint, English National Ballet, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Leprosy Mission, National AIDS Trust, and the Royal Marsden Hospital. She continued her work with the British Red Cross Anti-Personnel Land Mines Campaign, but was no longer listed as patron.
    The divorce was finalised on 28 August 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Diana received a lump sum settlement of £17 million as well as £400,000 per year. The couple signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited them from discussing the details of the divorce or of their married life. Days before the decree absolute of divorce, Letters Patent were issued with general rules to regulate royal titles after divorce. As she was no longer married to the Prince of Wales, Diana lost the style Her Royal Highness and instead was styled Diana, Princess of Wales. As the mother of the prince expected to one day ascend to the throne, she was accorded the same precedence she enjoyed during her marriage. Prince William was reported to have reassured his mother: "Don't worry, Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am King." Almost a year before, according to Tina Brown, the Duke of Edinburgh had warned the Princess of Wales: "If you don't behave, my girl, we'll take your title away." She is said to have replied: "My title is a lot older than yours, Philip."
    Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996.
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    In July 1996, the couple agreed on the terms of their divorce.
    More Details Hide Details This followed shortly after the Princess' accusation that the Prince's personal assistant Tiggy Legge-Bourke had aborted the Prince's child, after which Legge-Bourke instructed Peter Carter-Ruck to demand an apology. Diana's secretary Patrick Jephson resigned shortly before the story broke, later writing that the Princess had "exulted in accusing Legge-Bourke of having had an abortion".
  • 1995
    On 20 December 1995, Buckingham Palace publicly announced the Queen had sent letters to the Prince and Princess of Wales advising them to divorce.
    More Details Hide Details The Queen's move was backed by the Prime Minister and by senior Privy Counsellors, and, according to the BBC, was decided after two weeks of talks. Prince Charles formally agreed to the divorce in a written statement soon after. In February 1996, the Princess announced her agreement after negotiations with the Prince and representatives of the Queen, irritating Buckingham Palace by issuing her own announcement of the divorce agreement and its terms.
    In November 1995, the Princess undertook a four-day trip to Argentina and met with President Carlos Menem and his daughter, Zulemita, for lunch.
    More Details Hide Details The Princess visited many other countries, including Belgium, Nepal, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe.
    The Princess of Wales was interviewed for the BBC current affairs show Panorama by journalist Martin Bashir; the interview was broadcast on 20 November 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Of her relationship with Hewitt, the Princess said to Bashir, "Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down him." Referring to her husband's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, she said, "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." Of herself, she said, "I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts." On the Prince of Wales' suitability for kingship, she stated, "Because I know the character I would think that the top job, as I call it, would bring enormous limitations to him, and I don't know whether he could adapt to that."
    In December 1995, Diana received the United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian of the Year Award in New York City for her philanthropic efforts.
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    In June 1995, the Princess made a brief trip to Moscow, where she visited a children’s hospital that she had previously supported through her charity work.
    More Details Hide Details Diana presented the hospital with medical equipment. During her time in the Russian capital, she was awarded the international Leonardo prize, which is given to the most distinguished patrons and people in the arts, medicine, and sports.
  • 1992
    She visited Mother Teresa's hospice in Kolkata, India, in 1992, and the two women developed a personal relationship.
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    In 1992, she became the first patron of Chester Childbirth Appeal, a charity that she had supported since 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The charity, which is named after one of Diana's royal titles, could raise over £1 million with her help. Her patronages also included Landmine Survivors Network, Help the Aged, the Trust for Sick Children in Wales, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the British Lung Foundation, the National AIDS Trust, Eureka!, the National Children's Orchestra, Royal Brompton Hospital, British Red Cross Youth, Relate Marriage Counselors, the Guinness Trust, Meningitis Trust, Dove House, the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children, the Royal School for the Blind, Welsh National Opera, the Pre-School Playgroups Association, the Variety Club of New Zealand, Birthright, and the British Deaf Association. She made several lengthy visits each week to Royal Brompton Hospital, where she worked to comfort seriously ill or dying patients.
    These affairs were exposed in May 1992 with the publication of Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton.
    More Details Hide Details It was serialised in The Sunday Times before its publication. The book, which also laid bare the Princess' allegedly suicidal unhappiness, caused a media storm. During 1992 and 1993, leaked tapes of telephone conversations negatively reflected on both the royal antagonists. Tape recordings of the Princess and James Gilbey were made available by The Sun newspaper's hotline in August 1992. Transcripts of taped intimate conversations were published by The Sun in August 1992. The article's title, "Squidgygate", referenced Gilbey's affectionate nickname for Diana. The next to surface, in November 1992, were the leaked "Camillagate" tapes, intimate exchanges between the Prince of Wales and Camilla, published in Today and the Daily Mirror.
  • 1991
    From 1991 to 1996, she was a patron of Headway, a brain injury association.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    From 1989, she was president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
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    She was involved with dozens of charities including London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of which she was president from 1989.
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  • 1988
    She carried out 191 official engagements in 1988 and 397 in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The Princess developed an intense interest in serious illnesses and health-related matters outside the purview of traditional royal involvement, including AIDS and leprosy. In addition to health-related matters, Diana's extensive charity work included campaigning for animal protection and her fight against the use of landmines. She was the patroness of charities and organisations working with the homeless, youth, drug addicts, and the elderly.
  • 1986
    In this he confirmed his own extramarital affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, saying that he had rekindled their association in 1986, only after his marriage to the Princess had "irretrievably broken down".
    More Details Hide Details While she blamed Camilla Parker Bowles for her marital troubles because of her previous relationship with the Prince, the Princess at some point began to believe that he had other affairs. In October 1993, she wrote to a friend that she believed her husband was now in love with his personal assistant (and his sons' former nanny) Tiggy Legge-Bourke and wanted to marry her. Legge-Bourke had been hired by the Prince as a young companion for his sons while they were in his care, and the Princess was resentful of Legge-Bourke and her relationship with the young princes. Diana's aunt-in-law, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, burnt "highly personal" letters that Diana wrote to the Queen Mother in 1993 because she thought they were considered to be "so private". Biographer William Shawcross wrote: "No doubt Princess Margaret felt that she was protecting her mother and other members of the family". He considered Princess Margaret's action to be "understandable, although regrettable from a historical viewpoint".
  • 1985
    In November 1985, the couple visited the United States, meeting President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House. 1986 was a busy year for Diana.
    More Details Hide Details With the Prince of Wales she embarked on a tour of Japan, Indonesia, Spain, and Canada. In Canada they visited Expo 86. In February 1987, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Portugal. The visit coincided with the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Windsor (1386). A banquet was held at the Ajuda National Palace. In 1987, they visited Germany and France. In 1988, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Thailand and toured Australia for the bicentenary celebrations. In 1989, they visited the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. The tour began in Kuwait, where they met with Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah. Diana was presented with gifts, including an elaborate embroidered Bedouin gown. The couple also visited Oman, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.
    The chronology of the break-up identifies reported difficulties between the Prince and Princess as early as 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The Prince of Wales resumed his affair with his now-married former girlfriend, Camilla Parker Bowles; later, the Princess of Wales began a relationship with Major James Hewitt.
  • 1984
    From 1984 to 1996, she was president of Barnardo's, a charity founded by Dr. Thomas John Barnardo in 1866 to care for vulnerable children and young people.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, she became patron of the British Red Cross and supported its organisations in other countries such as Australia and Canada.
  • 1983
    In 1983 she confided in the then-Premier of Newfoundland, Brian Peckford, "I am finding it very difficult to cope with the pressures of being Princess of Wales, but I am learning to cope with it."
    More Details Hide Details As Princess of Wales, she was expected to make regular public appearances at hospitals, schools, and other facilities, in the 20th century model of royal patronage. From the mid-1980s, she became increasingly associated with numerous charities.
    In 1983, she accompanied the Prince on a tour of Australia and New Zealand with Prince William, where they met with representatives of the Māori people.
    More Details Hide Details Their visit to Canada in June and July 1983 included a trip to Edmonton to open the 1983 Summer Universiade and a stop in Newfoundland to commemorate the 400th anniversary of that island's acquisition by the Crown. In April 1985, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Italy, and were later joined by Princes William and Harry. They met with President Alessandro Pertini. Their visit to the Holy See included a private audience with Pope John Paul II.
  • 1982
    Also in 1982, Diana accompanied the Prince of Wales to the Netherlands and was created a Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
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    She attended the Trooping the Colour for the first time in June 1982, making her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards.
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    In the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on 21 June 1982, under the care of Pinker, the Princess gave birth to her and the Prince's first son and heir, William Arthur Philip Louis.
    More Details Hide Details Amidst some media criticism, she decided to take William, still a baby, on her first major tours of Australia and New Zealand, but the decision was popularly applauded. By her own admission, the Princess of Wales had not initially intended to take William until it was suggested by Malcolm Fraser, the Australian prime minister. A second son, Henry Charles Albert David, was born on 15 September 1984. The Princess asserted she and the Prince were closest during her pregnancy with Harry (as the younger prince has always been known). She was aware their second child was a boy, but did not share the knowledge with anyone else, including the Prince of Wales. Persistent suggestions that Harry's father is not Charles but James Hewitt, with whom Diana had an affair, have been based on alleged physical similarity between Hewitt and Harry. However, Harry had already been born by the time the affair between Hewitt and Diana began.
    After Diana threw herself down a staircase at Sandringham in January 1982, 12 weeks into her first pregnancy, the royal gynaecologist Sir George Pinker was summoned from London.
    More Details Hide Details He found that although she had suffered severe bruising, the foetus was uninjured.
  • 1981
    From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman".
    More Details Hide Details She was noted for her compassion, style, charisma, and high-profile charity work, as well as her difficult marriage to the Prince of Wales. Her peak popularity rate in the United Kingdom between 1981 and 2012 was 47%. She was a fashion icon whose style was emulated by women around the world. Iain Hollingshead of The Telegraph writes: "Diana had an ability to sell clothes just by looking at them." An early example of the effect occurred during her courtship with Charles in 1980 when sales of Hunters Wellington boots skyrocketed after she was pictured wearing a pair on the Balmoral estate. In 1999, Time magazine named Diana one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. In 2002, Diana was ranked third on the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, outranking the Queen and other British monarchs. In 2004, People cited her as one of the all-time most beautiful women.
    Her wedding to the Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981, held at St Paul's Cathedral, reached a global television audience of over 750 million people.
    More Details Hide Details While married, Diana bore the titles Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester, and Baroness of Renfrew. The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
    Twenty-year-old Diana became Princess of Wales when she married the Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, which offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, generally used for royal nuptials.
    More Details Hide Details Widely described as a "fairytale wedding", it was watched by a global television audience of 750 million while 600,000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple en route to the ceremony. At the altar, Diana accidentally reversed the order of Charles's first two names, saying "Philip Charles" Arthur George instead. She did not say that she would "obey" him; that traditional vow was left out at the couple's request, which caused some comment at the time. Diana wore a dress valued at £9,000 with a 25-foot (7.62-metre) train. Music and songs used during the wedding included the "Prince of Denmark's March", "I Vow to Thee, My Country", "Pomp and Circumstance No.4", and "God Save the Queen". After becoming Princess of Wales, Diana automatically acquired rank as the third-highest female in the United Kingdom Order of Precedence (after the Queen and the Queen Mother), and was fifth or sixth in the orders of precedence of her other realms, following the Queen, the relevant viceroy, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales. Within a few years of the wedding, the Queen extended Diana visible tokens of membership in the Royal Family; she lent the Princess a tiara and granted her the badge of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.
    Her first public appearance with Prince Charles was in a charity ball in March 1981 at Goldsmiths' Hall, where she met the Princess of Monaco.
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    The prince proposed on 6 February 1981, and Lady Diana accepted, but their engagement was kept secret for the next few weeks. Their engagement became official on 24 February 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Lady Diana selected a large engagement ring consisting of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold, similar to her mother's engagement ring. The ring was made by the then Crown jewellers Garrard but, unusually for a ring for a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique; it was featured in Garrard's jewellery collection. In 2010 the ring became the engagement ring of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It was copied by jewellers all over the world. The Queen Mother gave Lady Diana a sapphire and diamond brooch as an engagement present. Following the engagement Lady Diana left her job at the nursery and lived at Clarence House, then home of the Queen Mother, for a short period. She then lived at Buckingham Palace until the wedding.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    He took a serious interest in her as a potential bride during the summer of 1980, when they were guests at a country weekend, where she watched him play polo.
    More Details Hide Details The relationship developed as he invited her for a sailing weekend to Cowes aboard the royal yacht Britannia. This was followed by an invitation to Balmoral (the Royal Family's Scottish residence) to meet his family a weekend in November 1980. Lady Diana was well received by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The couple subsequently courted in London.
  • 1979
    In July 1979, her mother bought her a flat at Coleherne Court in Earls Court as an 18th birthday present.
    More Details Hide Details She lived there with three flatmates until 25 February 1981.
  • 1978
    After attending Institut Alpin Videmanette, a finishing school in Rougemont, Switzerland, for one term in 1978, Diana returned to London, where she shared her mother's flat with two school friends.
    More Details Hide Details In London, she took an advanced cooking course, but seldom cooked for her roommates. She took a series of low-paying jobs; she worked as a dance instructor for youth until a skiing accident caused her to miss three months of work. She then found employment as a playgroup pre-school assistant, did some cleaning work for her sister Sarah and several of her friends, and acted as a hostess at parties. Diana spent time working as a nanny for the Robertsons, an American family living in London, and worked as a nursery teacher's assistant at the Young England School in Pimlico.
  • 1977
    Diana first met Charles, Prince of Wales, in November 1977 when he was dating her sister, Lady Sarah.
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  • 1973
    Diana began her education at Silfield Private School in Gayton, Norfolk, and moved to Riddlesworth Hall School, an all-girls boarding school near Diss, when she was nine. She joined her sisters at West Heath Girls' School in Sevenoaks, Kent, in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She did not shine academically, failing her O-levels twice. Her outstanding community spirit was recognised with an award from West Heath. She left West Heath when she was sixteen. Her brother Charles recalls her as being quite shy up until that time. She showed a talent for music as an accomplished pianist. Diana also excelled in swimming and diving, and studied ballet and tap dance.
  • 1969
    Diana was seven years old when her parents divorced. Her mother later had an affair with Peter Shand Kydd and married him in 1969.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Diana lived with her mother in London during her parents' separation in 1967, but during that year's Christmas holidays, Lord Althorp refused to let Diana return to London with Lady Althorp. Shortly afterwards he won custody of Diana with support from his former mother-in-law, Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy. In 1972, Lord Althorp began a relationship with Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the only daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and Dame Barbara Cartland. They married at Caxton Hall, London in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Diana became known as Lady Diana after her father later inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975, at which point her father moved the entire family from Park House to Althorp, the Spencer seat in Northampton.
  • 1961
    Diana was born on 1 July 1961, in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk.
    More Details Hide Details She was the fourth of five children of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1924–1992), and his first wife, Frances (née Roche; 1936–2004). The Spencer family has been closely allied with the British Royal Family for several generations. Both of Diana's grandmothers had served as ladies in waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Spencers were hoping for a boy to carry on the family line, and no name was chosen for a week, until they settled on Diana Frances, after her mother and Diana Russell, Duchess of Bedford, her distant relative who was also known as "Lady Diana Spencer" before marriage and was a prospective Princess of Wales. Diana was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham. Diana had three siblings: Sarah, Jane, and Charles. Her infant brother, John, died shortly after his birth one year before Diana was born. The desire for an heir added strain to the Spencers' marriage, and Lady Althorp was reportedly sent to Harley Street clinics in London to determine the cause of the "problem". The experience was described as "humiliating" by Diana's younger brother, Charles: "It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don't think they ever got over it." Diana grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate. The Spencers leased the house from its owner, Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Family frequently holidayed at the neighbouring Sandringham House, and Diana played with Princes Andrew and Edward as a child.
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