Frances Shand Kydd

British viscountess Frances Shand Kydd

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 Shand Kydd as a woman who was "certainly complicated" and also "funny, warm, intelligent" and "energetic". After Diana's death on 31 August 1997, Shand Kydd devoted the final years of her life to Roman Catholic charity work.
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  • 2004
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 66
    In 2002, she testified at the trial of Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell.
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  • 1997
    Age 61
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 60
    In 1996, she was banned from driving after being convicted of drunk-driving, but denied she had a problem with alcohol.
  • 1988
    Age 52
    Shand Kydd and her second husband separated in June 1988 after he left her for a younger woman.
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  • 1976
    Age 40
    On 14 July 1976, Viscount Althorp married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the daughter of the novelist Barbara Cartland.
  • 1969
    Age 33
    Frances and Peter Shand Kydd were married on 2 May 1969 and lived on the Scottish island of Seil. (Clachan Seil 10 kilometres from Oban and easily reached by road.Although she lived a quiet life, she was forced into public view following the engagement of Diana to Prince Charles on 24 February 1981.
    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.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1954
    Age 18
    On 1 June 1954, Frances Burke Roche married John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer), at Westminster Abbey.
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  • 1936
    Age 0
    Shand Kydd was born Frances Ruth Roche in Park House, on the royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk, on 20 January 1936.
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