Diana, Princess of Wales

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Diana Frances Spencer

Also Known As: "The Honorable Lady Diana Frances Spencer"
Birthplace: Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 31, 1997 (36)
Hospital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France (injuries sustained in motor vehicle accident)
Place of Burial: Althorp, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd
Ex-wife of Charles III, King of the United Kingdom
Mother of William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex
Sister of Lady Sarah McCorquodale (Spencer); Lady Baroness Jane Fellowes, (Spencer); John Spencer; Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer and Private

Occupation: Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Countess of Chester
House: Spencer
Managed by: Kurt Gregory Robson
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About Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer), was a member of the British royal family as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the British throne. She is the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.

Diana was born into the Spencer family, a family of British nobility with royal ancestry and was the youngest daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Roche. She grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, and was educated in England and Switzerland. In 1975—after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer—she became known as Lady Diana Spencer. She came to prominence in February 1981 when her engagement to Prince Charles was announced to the world.

Diana's wedding to the Prince of Wales took place at St Paul's Cathedral on 29 July 1981 and reached a global television audience of over 750 million people. During her marriage, Diana was Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, and Countess of Chester. The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Diana was involved with dozens of charities including London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of which she was president from 1989. She also raised awareness and advocated ways to help people affected with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental illness.

Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral.


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Before Diana married into the British royal family, she had her own royal connections via her ancestors; illegitimate offspring of Kings Charles II and James II had joined the aristocratic Spencer line. Thanks to her lineage, Diana actually had more English royal blood than Prince Charles, as the Windsors have strong Germanic ties. Charles' great-grandfather, King George V, changed the family name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917, due to tensions with Germany during World War I. https://www.interestingfacts.com/princess-diana-facts/Yw1oE0KJ8wAItdv5

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Diana, Princess of Wales's Timeline

July 1, 1961
Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
August 30, 1961
St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
- 1974
Age 4
Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School, Diss, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
- 1977
Age 12
West Heath School, Sevenoaks, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
June 9, 1975
- July 29, 1981
Age 13
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
- 1978
Age 15
Institut Alpin Videmanette, Rougemont, Pays-d'Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland
July 29, 1981
- August 28, 1996
Age 20
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
July 29, 1981
- August 28, 1996
Age 20
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
June 21, 1982
St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, Engand, United Kingdom