Diana, Princess of Wales
|Princess of Wales; Duchess of Rothesay|
|Spouse||Charles, Prince of Wales
(m. 1981, div. 1996)
|Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince Harry of Wales
|House||House of Windsor|
|Father||John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer|
|Mother||The Honourable Frances Shand Kydd|
|Born||1 July 1961
Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
|Died||31 August 1997
Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, in Paris, France
|Burial||6 September 1997
|Religion||Anglican (Church of England)|
Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 - 31st August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. She was one of the most famous women in the world.
Early life[change | change source]
Diana was born on 1 July 1961 as Diana Frances Spencer. Her father was Earl Spencer. She left school when she was 16 and moved to London when she was 18.
Marriage, family and divorce[change | change source]
Charles and Diana separated in 1992, and divorced in 1996. Diana said Camilla Parker-Bowles was responsible for the problems with her marriage. Diana was the first commoner to marry an heir to the British throne in 300 years. Charles' brothers also married commoners: Andrew, Duke of York, married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, and his youngest brother, Edward, Earl of Wessex, married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.
Charity[change | change source]
Death[change | change source]
Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed, died in a car crash in Paris, in the early morning of 31 August 1997. Many people left flowers, candles, cards and personal messages for her in public places. She had a big funeral in London on the 6th September.
Concerts for Diana took place shortly after her death. The concerts involved Elton John and numerous others. Elton John released a remake of his song, "Candle in the Wind" in memory of Diana.
Titles[change | change source]
- 1961-1975: The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer
- 1975-1981: Lady Diana Frances Spencer
- 1981-1996: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales
- in scotland: 1981-1996: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay
- 1996-1997: Diana, Princess of Wales
- in scotland: 1996-1997: Diana, Duchess of Rothesay
Diana's full title, once divorced, was Lady Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Princess of Wales and Countess of Chester, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Baroness of Renfrew, Lady of the Isles, Princess of Scotland. Legally, she was still entitled to use her previous royal courtesy titles as long as she remained unmarried.
References[change | change source]
- "The Life of Diana, Princess of Wales 1961–1997". http://www.bbc.co.uk/politics97/diana/ob-divorce.html.
- Williamson, D. (1981) The Ancestry of Lady Diana Spencer In: Genealogist’s Magazine vol. 20 (no. 6) p. 192-199 and vol. 20 (no. 8) pp. 281–282.
- Prince of Wales - Titles
Other websites[change | change source]
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- Last Will and Testament of Diana, Princess of Wales
- Lord Stevens' Operation Paget Report Into The Death of Diana, Princess of Wales - published 14 December 2006
- H.M. Coroner of Surrey: The Official Inquest Into The Deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales & Dodi Al Fayed