Biography of Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, was a lady of substance, a human being loved and respected all over the world. Here is the biography of Diana, for you to read.
| Thursday, October 09, 2008

As a youngster, I remember going to the salon one day and listening to a few ladies asking the hair dresser to give them Princess Diana haircuts. One of them even had pictures of Princess Diana just to ensure that the hairdresser got it right. The ladies were even willing to wait for hours just to get their haircut. This gesture, I feel speaks a lot about the way people saw her and the lengths they were willing to go to look like the Princess of Wales.

Early Life

Born on 1 July, 1961, in Norfolk, England, Diana Frances Spencer was the third child of the Lord and Lady Althorp. Princess Diana grew up in Park House, which is a mansion in Norfolk. This mansion is located just next door to the royal family's Sandringham estate. As a child one of Princess Diana’s playmates was Prince Charles’s brother, Prince Andrew. It was because of the open mindedness of the Queen and Queen mother that friendship between the Spencer children and the royal children was allowed to develop.

As a child, Diana was quiet and reserved. She spent a happy family life until her parents decided to divorce. She was just eight years old when this incident took place. It was her father who was granted custody of his 4 children, which included one son and three daughters. In 1976, Earl Spencer married Raine Legge, the daughter of Barbara Cartland. It is rather unfortunate that Raine Legge and her stepchildren shared a stormy relationship!

Until the age of 9, Diana was tutored at home, after which she was sent to Riddlesworth Hall, in Norfolk. After a period of three years, she began attending West Heath School in Sevenoaks, Kent. It was at this school that Diana developed an immense interest in ballet. As time went by Diana grew bored of academics and left school. It was then that her father sent her to Chateau d’Oex. This was a Swiss finishing school. Unfortunately she was homesick there and returned to Norfolk within a few months. Diana then worked as a cleaning woman and later found herself a job as a kindergarten teacher’s aide. Her father also bought her a flat which contained three bedrooms and was located close to the fashionable Knightsbridge and Sloane Street. Here Diana helped her roommates with cooking and housekeeping duties.

Marriage and Family

It was on 3 February, 1981 that Prince Charles proposed to Diana while they were having dinner in his Buckingham Palace apartment. Since 1659, Diana was the first British citizen who was to marry the heir to the throne. Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral on 29 July, 1981. The wedding was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as 25 other clerics. It was watched by a congregation of 2,500 and a worldwide audience of about 750 million. Lady Diana was escorted by five mounted military police officers from Clarence House to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Prince William was born to the couple in June, 1982 at St. Mary’s Hospital, London. The couple was blessed with a second child, Prince Harry in September, 1984. It is said that princess Diana did all she could to give her children a normal life.

Social Work

As time went by Princess Diana spent a lot of her time with charitable causes. She learnt about social issues like drug abuse and homelessness. Apart from that, she also visited leprosarium’s in Indonesia and Nigeria, even shaking hands with AIDS patients. By the year 1990 people noted that she was a patron of 44 charities and had made more than 180 visits on their behalf during the past year. It was in the year 1989, that Princess Diana became a patron of Relate, which is Britain’s best marriage counseling agency.

Divorce, Second Love and Death

Unfortunately all was not fine with the royal couple. The press predicted that both of them were involved in extramarital affairs. 1992 was the year in which Princess Diana made up her mind to reveal their relationship to the public. To do so she approached author Andrew Morton, who wrote a book titled "Diana, Her True Story." This book was not revealed to the public until her unfortunate death.

It was in the same year that Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated. At this time she was shattered when Prince Charles revealed in an interview that he never loved Diana, admitting that he loved Parker Bowles. 28 August, 1996 was the year when the couple were divorced. Despite this she always proved to be a good mother, taking good care of her two children and still doing her bit for society.

In the year, 1997, Princess Diana fell in love with Dodi Al-Fayed, son of a billionaire businessman. Unfortunately this relationship was short-lived since they met with an accident in Paris while driving under the Pont del I’ Alma tunnel on 31 August, 1997. Her death caused immense shock and grief to people the world over.

It was on 6 September, 1997 that Princess Diana’s funeral was held in Westminster Abbey. Her coffin was followed by her sons, her brother, her ex-husband, her ex father in law, as well as five representatives from the 110 charities she represented. It was for this sad incident that Elton John rewrote the song "Candle in the Wind" and also sang "Goodbye England’s Rose." Even though Princess Diana is no more, she lives on in the hearts of the people who loved her genuinely. May her soul rest in peace!

   
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