Essential Facts About Princess Diana

Princess Diana came into the limelight in 1981 when she got engaged to Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. As the years passed Diana became an international icon with her charm and good deeds. She earned a permanent fame of being “People’s Princess”. Let us check out some of the essential facts about Princess Diana.

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Diana was born of British Nobility

Diana was the youngest daughter of John Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp. She became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the Earl Spencer title in 1975. Moreover, she grew up close to the royal family on their Sandringham estate that stands on 20000 acres in the Norfolk Coast Area.

Princess Diana and Her Siblings

Parents of Princess Diana divorced when she was young and her father won custody of her and her siblings. Diana has two elder sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. She also had two elder brothers named John Spencer, and Charles Spencer.

The Royal Courtship

Diana dated Prince Charles in 1977, who was 13 years her senior. They met first when Diana was a child and played with the younger siblings of Prince Charles i.e. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, while Diana’s family rented Park House, an estate owned by Queen Elizabeth II. Over time their courtship became the subject of media attention.

The Engagement

Prince Charles on February 6, 1981 proposed to Diana with an 18 karat white gold ring topped with a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire bound by 14 solitaire diamonds. It was made by the crown jeweller Garrard and reportedly inspired by a brooch created in 1840 for Prince Albert as a wedding gift for Queen Victoria.

The Wedding at the St. Paul’s Cathedral

Diana Spencer became Diana, Princes of Wales on July 29,1981.It was solemnized with a wedding that took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Diana’s wedding gown became a highlight of the entire event. She wore a taffeta wedding dress made with silk and antique lace adorned with 10,000 pearls which was created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Also she wore an 18th-century Spencer family tiara with a 25-foot veil. It took her about 3 and a half minutes to walk down the aisle. Moreover, the auspicious event was broadcast throughout the world and was dubbed the wedding of the century.

The Little Dukes of Diana

The Princess’s pregnancy was officially announced on November 5, 1981. On 21st June 1982, the Princess gave birth to her first son, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis and on 15th September 1984 she gave birth to their second son, Prince Henry Charles Albert David, known widely as “Prince Harry”,

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The Divorce

Prince Charles and Princess Diana got separated in December 1992 which was announced by British Prime Minister John Major. Their divorce got finalized in August 1996. It is also told that Princess Diana struggled with depression and Bulimia. Besides that there were rumours of infidelity from both parties.

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