Princess Diana’s height may not have been instantly apparent from public images, but she was, in fact, a tall woman. Standing at 1.78 meters (5 feet 10 inches), she exceeded the middle female height in the UK, which is about 5 feet 3 inches. Diana, Princess of Wales, born Diana Frances Spencer on 1 July 1961 and tragically passing away on 31 August 1997, carried a significant role within the British royal family. She married Prince Charles, who later became King Charles III, and bore two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Famous for her activism and charming glamour, she appeared as a global icon, enjoying endless respect and popularity across the world.
She was the fourth child of John Spencer and Frances Ruth Roche. She received Her father’s “Earl Spencer” title from her father in 1975. She married Charles, The Prince of Wales in 1977 at the age of 16.
Lady Diana Spencer married The Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Alan Webster and Robert Runcie concluded the wedding ceremony at the Royal Church of England. After completing the wedding ceremony, the couple made their traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Childhood and teenage years of Princess Diana
Her Paternal Spencer family had been close to the British Royal family for several years. Her parents expect a boy to carry on the family life, and no name was selected for a week until they established Diana Frances. Her name was kept from her many-time great grand aunt Lady Diana Spencer, who was once a prospective Princess of Wales. She was also known as “Duch”, as she always behaved like a duchess during her childhood.
Diana’s parents divorced when she was seven years old. After the divorce, her mother began a relationship with Peter Shand Kydd and they married in 1969. Diana lived with her mother in London when her parents separated in 1967, but during that year’s Christmas holiday, her father refused to let his daughter return to London with her mother. After a few times, he won Diana’s custody case with his former mother-in-law, Lady Fermoy’s support. In 1976, Lord Viscount Althorp married Raine McCorquodale, Countess of Dartmouth. Diana’s relationship with her stepmother was specifically horrible. She offended Raine, even though she called her a “bully”. In 1989, On one occasion, Diana pushed her down the stairs in a fit of rage leaving her badly bruised. She later described the whole thing about her miserable and unstable childhood. When her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer She became known as Lady Diana Spencer after her father later inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975.
Princess Diana Education
At first, Diana was home-schooled under the supervision of Gertrude Allen. Her formal education started at Silfield Private School in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. At the age of nine, she moved to an all-girls boarding school nearby Thetford named “Riddlesworth Hall School”. In 1973, She joined West Heath Girls’ School in Sevenoaks, Kent where he sisters studied. Her academic performance wasn’t that well as she failed her ordinary levels twice. Her community and helping spirit were outstanding and recognized by her school authority, and she received an award from her school for her helping nature. When she was sixteen, she left west health girls school. Her brother Charles considered her to be quite shy until showed exceptional talent for music as an accomplished pianist, swimming, and diving. She also studied ballet and tap dance.
She attended the Institut Alpin Videmanette to complete her formal education at Rougemont in Switzerland. In 1978, Diana returned to London, where she lived in her mother’s with her two close friends. In London, she took an advanced cooking course and worked in a few low-paying jobs. She worked as a dance instructor for teenagers until a skiing accident injured her, and forced her to miss work for three months. Later, She found a job at Young England School in Pimlico as a playgroup preschool assistant. She did cleaning work for her sister Sarah and friends and acted as a party hostess. She spent a lot of moments working as a nanny for the Robertsons, an American family who was living in London. Diana also worked as a nanny for Philippa and Jeremy Whitaker for three months in Hampshire that’s a very amazing term in his life. In July 1979, on her eighteenth birthday, her parents gifted her a London flat at Coleherne Court in Earl’s Court where she lived with her three flatmates or friends until 25 February 1981.
Engagement and Wedding of Princess Diana
In November 1977, Diana first met Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles III), Elizabeth II’s eldest son and future heir, when she was 16 and he was 29 years old. At the time, he was dating her older sister, Sarah Spencer. In 1980, Although, having 13 years age gap, Charles took a grave interest
Lin her as his future bride during the summer weekend when they were country guests, The relationship progressed aboard the royal yacht in Britain where he invited her. Their relationship was followed by an invitation from the royal family’s residence in Scotland called “Balmoral Castle” where Diana had to meet his family. She was greeted well by Queen Elizabeth II and King Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. They dated for a few months which caught media attention. The press and public took great interest in their relationship, lifestyle, fashion, traveling, culture, etc. He initially proposed to her on 3 February 1981 at Windsor Castle, but Diana was so shocked that she considered it a joke. Then he again proposed to her on 6 February 1981 with a ring made from 18 karat white gold, topped with a 12-carat oval blue sapphire framed by 14 sphere diamonds, she accepted his proposal at the time, but they kept their engagement secret from people for two and a half weeks. At the time of purchase, their engagement ring cost 47000 Euro( $60000), currently the estimated price is almost $400000. Their amazing engagement was officially announced on 24 February 1981. She left her nursery teaching assistant occupation and lived at her mother’s home “ Clarence House” for a short period.
Anne Hyde married King James II over 300 years earlier, and she was also the first royal bride who did paying jobs before her engagement as same as Princess Diana. After her, Princess Diana was the first Englishwoman to wed the successor to the throne really it was amazing. In March 1981, she appeared first time before the public with Prince Charles at a charity event at Goldsmiths Hall, where she also meet actress Grace Patricia Kelly who was also known as “ Princess Grace of Monaco”.
Twenty years old Diana and thirty-three years old Charles married on 29 July 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London because the wedding site offered more seating than Westminster Abbey which church was used by other previous royal weddings. People described their wedding as a” fairytale wedding”. Almost 750 million people watched the wedding while almost 600,000 people lined up from Buckingham Palace to the Cathedral. To catch a glimpse of the couple. Diana’s wedding dress is valued at £9,000 with a 25-foot (7.62-meter) train and 153 yards (140 m) tulle veil. Princess Diana’s wedding dress was designed by the husband-and-wife team of David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The ivory taffeta gown was embroidered with sequins, frilled lace, and 10,000 pearls, size was a 25-foot train and 153 yards tulle veil. At the time, the dress was valued at 9000 euros, currently, its estimated value is $115,000.
The royal couple spent their honeymoon at the Mountbatten family home at Broadlands in Hampshire. At first, the Royal pair boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia which cruised nearly the Mediterranean to Egypt for 14 days, their gateway ended at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Princess of Wales
Diana became Princess of Wales after the wedding. She earned the third-highest female rank in the British order of precedence. A few years after her wedding, Queen extended Diana’s royal membership duties and granted her Royal Family Order badge of Elizabeth II.
The Royal couple had their principal residences at Kensington Palace and Highgrove House, near Tetbury. Diana’s first pregnancy was announced on 5 November 1981, In January 1982, 12 weeks pregnant Diana intentionally fell from the staircase at Sandringham, she got some brush. The royal gynecologist Sir George Pinker found the fetus was uninjured. Diana later confessed that she did that intentionally for her so inadequate feelings. Diana gave birth to the couple’s first son, Prince William Arthur Philip Louison 21 June 1982 She suffered from postpartum depression after her first child birth.
Diana gave birth to her second son, Prince Harry Charles Albert David on 15 September 1984. Diana informed that she was very close to her husband Charles during her second pregnancy.
Divorce of Princess Diana
The couple’s incompatibility and age difference became worsen and more visible in their five years of married life. Diana started a relationship with the royal family’s former horse riding instructor Major James Hewitt in 1986; Prince Charles also resumed his relationship with his former girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles in the same year. The couple’s unhappiness, cold attitude, and attempts in their life become noticed and visible in the press and media in 1987. Diana confronted Camilla about her and Charles’s extramarital affair at her sister Annabelle Elliot’s birthday party in 1989. Their affairs, unhappiness, and allegedly, depression were later exposed in Andrew Morton’s book “ Diana: Her True Story” in 1992. James Colthurst took Diana’s secret interview where she talked about her material issues and difficulties, the interview recordings were the main source of Morton’s book.
The Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip hosted a meeting between Diana and Charles, they unsuccessfully tried to reconcile them. Philip wrote to Diana where he expressed his disappointment at both of their extramarital affairs; he requested her to understand from the other’s point of view.
Diana’s divorce with Charles was officially finalized on 28 August 1996. Both of them continued to share responsibility equally for the upbringing of their children. Princess Diana is still regarded as a member of the Royal Family. She announced her resignation from 100 charities a day after her divorce.
Duties and Services of Princess Diana
In 1988, Charles and Diana visited Thailand and Australia for bicentenary celebrations. In February 1989, she spent a few days in New York to promote the works of the Welsh National Opera, where she was a patron. She made a profound impact during a tour of the Harlem Hospital Center public by hugging a seven-year-old child with AIDS. In March 1989, she visited Kuwait and UAE Arab states second time in the Persian Gulf.
In March 1990, the Royal couple toured Nigeria and Cameroon where the Cameroon president hosted an official dinner to welcome them. There Diana highlighted by visiting hospitals and focusing on women’s development projects. In May 1990, the first time visited Hungary “ a former Warsaw Pact country” for four days. In November 1990, the couple visited Japan to attend Emperor Akihito’s enthronement. Diana visited Germany to meet soldiers’ families. In September 1991, Diana visited Pakistan alone and later left for Brazil with Charles. In Brazil, Diana paid visits to the organization which competes against homelessness among street children. In 1992, she visited last time with Charles to Korea and India. In India, she meets Mother Teresa in Kolkata.
In March 1993, she went on her first solo trip to Nepal after her separation from Charles. She visited a leprosy hospital where she met with some patients. In December 1993, she announced to withdraw from public life, but later she wished to “ make a partial return” in November 1994.
In November 1995, Diana visited Argentina on a four-day trip to attend a charity event. She visited Belgium, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Switzerland, Egypt, France, Indonesia, and Portugal, alongside numerous other countries.
Princess Diana took particular interest in the Red Cross’ work overseas, visiting projects in different poor nations. Her most notable works were humanitarian around anti-personnel mines. She worked restlessly on behalf of charities around victims, the homeless, and poor people.
In May 1997, Diana opened the Richard Attenborough Centre in Leicester for Disability and the Arts. Diana started her work with AIDS patients in the 1980s as she didn’t fight to make biological contact with AIDS patients, she was the first British royal constitution to it. In 1987, she held the writings of an AIDS patient in one of her premature steps.
Life after the divorce of Princess Diana
After 1996 her divorce, Diana possessed the double flat of Kensington Palace on the north side which she had shared with Charles since the first year of their marriage. She holds friendships with several celebrities Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, and George Michael. She dated the British-Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, and many of her closest friends after she called him “the love of her life”. Diana also described him as “ M. Wonderful” Her connection with Hasnat endured two years which hurt op with mysterious causes in 1997. Some authorities say that they were unacceptable for each other to lead a happy married life. Diana claimed Hasnat was the reason for their breakup whereas Hasnat and Oonagh Toffolo who was Charles’s friend and Hasnat’s patient claimed her reason for their breakup. Later she started dating Dodi Fayad, an Egyptian film producer within a month after her breakup. She accepted his invitation to join his family in the South of France.
Princess Diana’s Death
On 30 August 1997, Diana reached France. They intended to stay hotel “ Hôtel Ritz Paris” which belonged to Mohamed Al Fayad, father of Dodi Fayad. Deputy head of Ritz hotel security Henry Paul instructed to drive them. At 00.23 Paul lost control, and the car crashed at the moment. Dodi Fayad died on the spot. Diana was in critical condition but conscious. She was taken to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, but at 3.00 am she was also declared dead. The most shocking part of the accident was 1.75 grams per liter of blood on Driver Paul’s medical reports, which is clearly restricted during serious duty. Based on the report, many people claim that she has been murdered by any British family members. Her father criticized the royal family for their behavior towards her.
Funeral Tribute to Princess Diana
Earlier on, it was not certain that Diana would receive a ceremonial funeral, as she had lost the Royal Highness status after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
Diana’s death left the public in grief. On 6 September Her funeral at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated three million mourners and onlookers in London. People watched and listened to proceedings through outdoor screens and speakers. The charities of which Diana was patron attended as representative. US First Lady Hillary Clinton, French First Lady Bernadette Chirac, Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and two friends of Diana named George Michael and Elton John attended her funeral. Her funeral approximately has been watched by 31.5 million British viewers, but as per the calculation of the worldwide viewers it was estimated to be around 2.5 billion. Her funeral ceremony was broadcasted in 44 languages.
Her coffin was driven to Althorp in a Daimler hearse on the opposite carriageway after the end of the ceremony. Princess Diana was buried on The Oval island which is part of the Pleasure Garden at Althorp. The coffin’s weight was approximately 250 kg. In her coffin, she wore a black Catherine Walker dress and black tights and is holding a rosary in her hands which had been a gift from Mother Teresa to Diana, who had died the day before Diana’s funeral
Diana’s sons both Prince William and Harry honored their mother through their daughters naming them after her name. William’s daughter Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on May 2, 2015. Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, named their daughter Princess Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 6, 2021.
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