Lady Diana, Princess of Wales Childhood Photos.
Date of Birth
1 July 1961, Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
Date of Death : 31 August 1997, Paris, France (road accident)
Birth Name: Diana Frances Spencer
Nickname: The People’s Princess
Princess Di : The Queen of Hearts
Lady Di : The Princess of Hearts
Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
Princess Diana was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961. Her parents were Edward John and Frances Spencer Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, later Earl and Countess Spencer. When she was 6 her parents split up and her mother got married to Peter Shand-Kydd. Diana lived with her father her two older sisters and her younger brother Charles.
When she was about 8 she was sent to boarding school. After that she went to another boarding school and then finally to a school in Switzerland where only French was spoken. She was not what one would call an academic, and actually would be considered a high school dropout. When she was at her final boarding school in England she met Prince Charles for the first time. He was dating Diana’s sister Sarah at the time and Diana was so exited about finally meeting him that she could not concentrate on her O level exams the following week.
It was only when her grandfather died that she inherited the title of Lady. Diana lived in an apartment with roommates and was a nanny and a school teacher when she got engaged to the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. They got married in the summer of 1981 and on July 21 1982, Prince William Arther Phillip Louis was born. On September 15 1984, she had Prince Henry Charles Albert David. Her marriage started to fail then. In 1992 she and Prince Charles separated and in 1996 they divorced. She then lost the privilege of being called Her Royal Highness. In 1996 she fell in love with Dodi Fayed, the son of the owner of Harrods Department Store in London. On the night of August 31 1997, they were both tragically killed in a motor accident when the car they were in collided with a beam on the Pont D’Alma near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Her funeral was held on September 6 1997, just 9 days before Henry’s 13th birthday. She is buried on an island at her ancestral home at Althorp.
What Happen in Diana’s life:
1st July 1961: Birth of the honourable Diana Frances Spencer as the third daughter of Lord Edward John Spencer, later 8th Earl of Spencer – from 1975 Diana bore the title “Lady Diana” – and his wife Frances Ruth Burke Roche in Park House on the Royal Estate of Sandringham (Norfolk, England). Diana’s father is the equerry to Queen Elizabeth II.
1966-1974: Attendance at Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School in Diss, Norfolk.
1969: The parents divorce. The father obtains custody for Diana, her brother Charles and both sisters Jane and Sarah.
1974-1977: Attendance at West Heath School near Sevenoaks, Kent.
November 1977: Diana meets Prince Charles at a hunting party, who at that time was friends with her sister.
1977-1978: Diana goes to finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Rougemont, Switzerland.
1979: After her return to London, Diana lives with three friends in an apartment in Coleherne Court in South Kensington, London.
1979-1981: Diana works as a children’s nanny at the Young England School in Pimlico, London.
1980: Diana’s contact with the Royal Family and Prince Charles starts anew. The Spencers visit the Windsors during the summer holidays at Balmoral Castle. The romance between Charles and Diana begins.
24th February 1981: The engagement between the 19 year-old Lady Diana Frances Spencer and the 32 year-old Heir to the British Throne Prince Charles is officially announced. The engagement ring is white gold with an oval sapphire in the middle and 14 diamonds.
29th July 1981: 600,000 people crowd Diana’s route from Buckingham Palace to London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and around 750 million television viewers follow the dream wedding of Charles and Diana live in front of TV sets. For the first time in 300 years an English girl is betrothed to a British Heir to the Throne.
October 1981: The first official three day visit to Wales.
21st June 1982: The fist son and Heir to the Throne, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, named Wills, is born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
September 1982: Diana’s first official appearance outside Great Britain at the burial of Princess Grace of Monaco. Diana represented the Queen.
1983: For an official visit to Australia Diana asserts herself and takes her son William with her.
15th September 1984: The second son of Princess Diana and Charles, Prince Henry Charles Albert David, named Harry is born, also at St. Mary’s Hospital.
1985: At a visit of the British Heirs to the Throne in Italy their two sons Prince William and Henry are also present. Diana and Charles are also invited to a private audience with Pope John Paul II.
1985: Diana travels to Berlin and becomes the honorary colonel of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, which she remained up to 1996.
1985: Princess Diana visits AIDS victims. The palace reacts with outrage at her visit.
October 1985: Supposedly out of desperation over her unhappy marriage, Princess Diana attempts suicide.
Winter 1985: The first official visit of Charles and Diana to America. President Reagan throws a huge gala party at the White House. It is the society event of the year.
1987: The honourable citizen of London, the sultan sends Diana jewellery to the estimated value of æÃ1 million.
November 1987: Diana has a state visit to Germany.
1989: Diana becomes President of the British marital advice organisations, which she ended on 16/07/1996. She also becomes an honorary citizen of Northampton and Bardolino (Italy).
1990: Diana receives a one month driving ban and æÃ150 fine due to speeding.
1990: In a magazine she is voted as “Best Dressed Woman”. Diana and Charles live in separate apartments.
March 1992: Earl Spencer, Diana’s father dies. His death affects her greatly.
June 1992: The book “Diana, Her True Story” by Andrew Morton is published as a series in the Sunday Times, and due to its explosive contents it becomes a bestseller. With the Princess’ later admitted approval, it contains statements from her close friends about the poor state of her marriage to Prince Charles and over Diana’s fears, her bulimia and the Princess’ several suicide attempts.
25th August 1992: The British tabloid paper “The Sun” prints the supposed transcript of a telephone conversation between Princess Diana and her former friend James Gilbey. Diana however denied having an affair with Gilbey ( which is also not clearly presented in this conversation, and probably is just a press invention).
1992: During the state visit to India it becomes clear that Charles and Diana’s marriage over.
November 1992: A joint trip by Diana and Charles to Korea is judged by the press to be the last chance to save their marriage.
December 1992: The magazine “Woman” votes Diana as the “Most Beautiful Woman” in Britain.
9th December 1992: The British Prime Minister John Major officially announces Charles and Diana’s separation.
13th January 1993: In the Australian woman’s magazine “New Idea” the complete transcript is printed of a six minute long telephone conversation with very intimate details between Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, which he had held with her three years before. Charles’ adultery with a married woman is therefore obvious. Not only these whispers between Prince Charles and his lover Camilla Parker-Bowles, but also the conversation between Diana and her supposed lover James Gilbey are supposed to have taken place as early as 1989, and supposedly have been recorded by amateur radio enthusiasts. Rumours grow that it was the work of the systematic monitoring one by the secret organisation MI5.
29th June 1994: In a television interview Prince Charles acknowledges to Jonathan Dimbleby his liaison with Camilla Parker-Bowles and his unfaithfulness to his wife Diana. He explains his adultery by saying that he already saw his marriage as being over.
August 1994: Newspapers report further intimate telephone conversations by Princess Diana.
October 1994: In the book “Princess in Love” by Anna Pasternak, the love-relationship between the former bodyguard and riding teacher for Princess Diana, James Hewitt and the Princess is described. In the following weeks Hewitt divulges more and more details about the relationship and the love life between the pair. He is supposed to have made himself around æÃ270,000 richer by doing this.
February 1995: Diana visits Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Japan.
1995: Diana is awarded the “Prize for Humanity” by the Society for Brain Research in New York.
24th November 1995: Diana admits her affair with James Hewitt in a BBC TV interview with the journalist Martin Bashir. She speaks further about her psychological desperation during the unlucky married years, her mental trauma and the ensuing concurrent psychological illnesses, which first appeared as eating disorders, and about her attempt to commit suicide. Apart from this she spoke of her mistrust of the Royal Family and doubts that her husband, Prince Charles, will ever become king.
November 1995: Thirteen years after the British-Argentinian war, during her visit to Argentina as Ambassador of Peace Princess Diana is greeted with excitement.
18th December 1995: Queen Elisabeth II asks her son Prince Charles and Princess Diana to end their marriage: Charles is immediately in agreement, yet Diana puts off the decision for three months.
1995: According to a questionnaire by the Gallup-Institute she is voted as the Beauty Queen of the last 50 years.
December 1995: Diana is on the front cover photo of the December edition of “Harper’s Bazaar”.
28th February 1996: Princess Diana agrees to the wish of Prince Charles and his mother Queen Elizabeth II to end the marriage.
12th July 1996: Princess Diana and Prince Charles agree over divorce formalities.
15th July 1996: Princess Diana becomes divorced after a 15 year long marriage to the British Heir to the Throne Prince Charles.
28th August 1996: The divorce becomes legal after six weeks of talks: Diana loses the title “Royal Highness”, but may still call herself “Princess of Wales”. The Princess has a permanent right to live in Kensington Palace and remains a member of the Royal Family. The custody of the two sons Wills and Harry is given jointly to both parents, and Diana receives a settlement from her ex-husband in the millions and a yearly payment of around æÃ300,000.
1996: Diana receives a gold medal for a humanitarian mission.
January 1997: At a visit to Angola Diana demonstrates her disgust at the use of landmines and demands a worldwide ban on these weapons.
June 1997: Diana meets Mother Theresa ( who died on 5th September 1997 )in New York.
1997: Diana and her sons fly to St. Tropez together, the first holiday with Dodi Al Fayed.
08th August 1997: Diana visits Bosnia. It is her last trip as “Charity Queen” and “Queen of Hearts”.
30th August 1997: 21.45 o’clock: Diana and Dodi go to dinner at the “Ritz” in the Place Vendome.
31st August 1997: 0.25 o’clock: the accident in the Seine-Tunnel under the Place de I’Alme, not far from the Eiffel Tower. Dodi and the chauffeur Henri Paul die at the scene. Diana and her bodyguard are still alive. 4.15 o’clock: after intensive attempts to save Diana’s life, the doctors Bruno Rioux and Philipe Pavie at the Pite Salpã´triere Hospital, where the emergency doctors had brought Diana, let it be known that Diana, Princess of Wales, died at 4 o’clock in the morning. A BA 146 from the Royal Squadron brings back Diana’s corpse back to Great Britain on that afternoon. The aircraft lands at Northolt airport. Prime Minister Tony Blair is among those who are waiting. The coffin is draped with the royal flag. At midnight the coffin lays in state in the Royal Chapel in St. James’ Palace.
5th September 1997: The first live speech from the Queen concerning the death of Princess Diana.
6th September 1997: For the lengthy procession through London the Princess of Wales’ coffin is borne on a gun carriage escorted by the Welsh Guard. In Westminster Abbey a great funeral service is held. Countless prominent people are present, and the popstar Elton John sings the song “Candle in the Wind”. Especially moving to the watchers is the speech given by Diana’s younger brother, the Earl of Spencer. Approximately two-and-a-half million television viewers followed this speech on the screen. The coffin containing Diana’s body is brought to Althorp House, the Spencer’s family seat. Diana is buried on a small island in the middle of a lake on the estate.