Princess Diana - the People's Princess
The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer was born on 01 July 1961.
She died as Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris on 31 August 1997 and is buried at Althorp, Northamptonshire, England.
Her breath lives in her sons Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales, and in her grandchildren, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and Prince Louis of Cambridge.
She will always be remembered as the "People's Princess", who left an indelible mark in the minds and hearts of so many around the world.
A Royal Engagement
The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer ended continued speculation with the announcement by Buckingham Palace at 1100 on 24 February 1981 that they would be married.
Lord Maclean, the Lord Chancellor, made the following statement at an investiture at the Palace: "It is with greatest pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son the Prince of Wales to the Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of the Earl Spencer and the Honourable Mrs Shand Kydd." (1)
Prince Charles said in a BBC television interview that he was "delighted and frankly amazed that Diana is prepared to take me on".
Lady Diana, with her trademark shyness and giggle, said she too was "delighted and thrilled, blissfully happy" and that "with Prince Charles beside me I cannot go wrong."
The Official Engagement Interview
The Engagement Ring Worn By Diana and Kate
Princess Diana's engagement ring is a 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire with solitaire diamonds in an elegant surrounding of 18 carat white gold.
Her eldest son, Prince William, gifted this engagement ring upon his proposal of marriage to Catherine Middleton, in November 2010.
"Well as you may recognize now, it's my mother's engagement ring and it's very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well. It was only right the two were put together," Prince William said. "It was my way of making sure mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together." (1)
Lady Diana Spencer chose her engagement ring in 1981 from a selection presented by the Crown jewellers, Garrard, of Mayfair. The sapphire ring, surrounded by 14 diamonds, cost approximately 28,500 pounds and could be purchased by the public from the Garrard catalogue.
The ring was later valued at more than 250,000 pounds because of its connection to the royal family, and in particular Princess Diana. Prince William, who inherited the ring from his mother's estate, values the family heirloom as priceless by choosing it for his fiancée.
The Royal Wedding - 29 July 1981
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles were married at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on 29 July 1981.
There were 3500 guests in the congregation at Saint Paul's Cathedral while two million spectators lined the route of Lady Diana's procession from Clarence House, with 4000 police and 2200 military officers to manage the crowds. An estimated global audience of 750 million watched the ceremony on television.
Lady Diana arrived at Saint Paul's Cathedral in a glass coach, escorted by five mounted military police officers.
Lady Diana's wedding gown was made of silk taffeta, decorated with antique lace, hand embroidery, sequins and 10000 pearls, followed by a 25 foot train. The gown was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel.
Prince Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.
Dr Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated at the traditional Church of England wedding service.
The bride's nerves showed briefly when she mixed up the Prince's names - calling him Philip Charles Arthur George, rather than Charles Philip Arthur George, and Charles slightly muddled his vows, referring to "thy goods" rather than "my worldly goods".
The Prince and Princess of Wales walked back down the aisle to Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" after a brief signing ceremony.
A wedding breakfast for 120 family guests followed at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles - 14 November 1948
Prince Charles (Charles Philip Arthur George born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent and eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His major title has been His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales since 1958. He is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay in Scotland.
Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
Prince Charles was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, as well as the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Australia.
Charles served a tour of duty with the Royal Navy from 1971 - 1976 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge,
The prince is well known for his charity work.
A Royal Marriage
The couple welcomed their first child, Prince William, on 21 June 1982.
Prince Harry was born on 15 September 1984.
Prince Charles' long-running relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles soon put strain on the young marriage and the couple separated in 1993.
Diana spoke publicly about her problems and her own and her husband's infidelities in a BBC Panorama documentary in November 1995.
The marriage formally ended with a decree absolute in August 1996.
Diana was killed in a car crash in August 1997. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles married in April 2005.
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis
Prince William was born William Arthur Philip Louis on 21 June 1982.
He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and third eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince William obtained a degree from the University of Saint Andrews.
He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals Regiment of the Household Cavalry and earned his wings by completing pilot training at the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell. The Prince transferred to the Royal Air Force in 2009, was promoted to flight lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training.
Prince William married Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. They are parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
His titles include Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
Prince Henry Charles Albert David
Prince Harry was born Henry Charles Albert David on 15 September 1984.
He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, and fourth eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Harry was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals Regiment of the Household Cavalry and earned his wings in 2010 and his Apache Flying Badge in 2011. He was promoted to the army rank of Captain in 2011.
Prince Harry married Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at Saint George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
His titles include Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
A Royal Divorce - 03 May 1996
03 May 1996 PRESS RELEASE
Princess Diana agrees to a divorce
"LONDON - Princess Diana has agreed to a divorce from Prince Charles, ending a stormy marriage that began in a glittering ceremony in 1981 and produced two sons.
"The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales," said a spokeswoman for the wife of the heir to the British throne. She spoke with customary anonymity.
The couple separated in 1992, and Queen Elizabeth II recommended in December that they divorce. They have two sons, William, 13, and Harry, 11.
The statement issued by the 34-year-old princess said: "The Princess of Wales has agreed to Prince Charles' request for a divorce.
"The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St. James's Palace."
St. James's Palace is Charles' official residence.
There was no immediate comment from the queen.
Charles, 47, immediately agreed to his mother's request to divorce quickly, but Diana waited to consult her lawyers.
The Queen's request came after Diana gave an extraordinary television interview in which she detailed the breakdown of her marriage and directly addressed her husband's adultery and her own. In that interview, she said she preferred not to divorce." (1)
Source (1) - The Associated Press.
Camilla Rosemary Shand - 17 July 1947
Camilla Rosemary Shand was born 17 July 1947.
She is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and holds the titles of Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay and Countess of Chester. Although Camilla became the Princess of Wales upon her marriage to the Prince of Wales, she has chosen the alternative and lesser title of the Duchess of Cornwall, thereby avoiding confusion with her husband's first wife, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Camilla Shand married Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. The couple had two children, Tom and Laura. Andrew Parker Bowles initiated divorce proceedings against Camilla following the admission by the Prince of Wales that he had conducted a long-term extramarital affair with Camilla. The Parker Bowles divorce was finalised in 1995.
Camilla's maternal great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, formerly Alice Frederica Edmonstone, was the mistress of King Edward VII from 1898 to 1910.
Prince Charles And Camilla - 09 April 2005
Camilla and the Prince of Wales were engaged and married in 2005.
The wedding took place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on 9 April 2005. The Prince was the first member of the royal family to marry in a civil ceremony in England.
The marriage was the culmination of a long and controversial relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Camilla automatically acquired rank as the second highest female in the United Kingdom Order of Precedence (after the Queen) upon her marriage to Prince Charles.
Princess Diana's Lonely Heart
Barry Mannakee - was assigned as bodyguard to Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1985. The suggestion that Barry Mannakee and Princess Diana had an affair has never been proven.
James Hewitt - a former household cavalry officer in the British Army. Both he and Princess Diana admitted they had an adulterous affair.
James Gilbey - the charming sports public relations executive ("Squidgygate") has never admitted or denied a relationship with Princess Diana.
Oliver Hoare - sophisticated,married art dealer. Oliver Hoare has never uttered a public word about his friendship with Diana and his own marriage remains in tact.
Will Carling - Captain of the English rugby union team from 1988 to 1996. Will Carling denies any intimate relationship with Princess Diana.
Hasnat Khan - heart and lung surgeon and is reported to have been the "love of Diana's life".
Her Highs And Lows
The World Remembers - 31 August 1997
Princess Diana died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France, on 31 August 1997.
She died at the PitiÃ©-SalpÃªtriÃ¨re Hospital at 0400. Her death was announced at a press conference at 0530 by hospital doctor, Jean-Pierre ChevÃ¨nement; France's Interior Minister; and Britain's Ambassador to France, Sir Michael Jay.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana's sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, arrived in Paris at approximately 1400 and left with her body 90 minutes later.
Princess Diana's funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on 06 September and drew an estimated three million mourners and onlookers in London, as well as worldwide television coverage, which overshadowed the news of the death the previous day of Mother Teresa.
More than one million bouquets were left at her London home, Kensington Palace.
Princess Diana is buried at her Spencer family home, the Althorp estate, on an island in the middle of a lake.
Her Legacy - Princes William and Harry
William And Catherine - 29 April 2011
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton were married at Westminster Abbey in London on 29 April 2011.
They became engaged on 20 October 2010 and the engagement was announced on 16 November 2010.
The wedding attracted media attention throughout the world, with much of the attention focused on Kate Middleton's status as a commoner.
The wedding date was a public holiday in the United Kingdom.
The Queen conferred upon Prince William the titles Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, only hours before his marriage. Kate Middleton became Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Middleton wore a dress by British designer Sarah Burton and a tiara lent to her by the Queen. Prince William wore the uniform of his honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Harry and Meghan - 19 May 2018
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle were married at Saint George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018.
They announced their engagement on 27 November 2017.
The wedding attracted media attention throughout the world, with much of the attention focused on Meghan Markle's status as an American of mixed race descent.
The Queen conferred upon Prince Harry the titles Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, on the morning of his marriage. Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex.
Markle wore a dress by British designer, Clare Waight Keller, for the House of Givenchy, and a tiara lent to her by the Queen.
Prince Harry wore the frock coat uniform of the Royal Horse Guards and First Dragoons, as per his commission.
The Most Photographed Woman In The World
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