Diana of Wales Biography
Diana Frances Spencer, recognized as Princess Diana of Wales, was the first wife of Charles of Wales, heir prince of the British Crown. Diana was known as a charismatic woman and one of the most popular icon worldwide. She was born in Sandringham, England on July 1, 1961, and was the daughter of John Spencer, VIII Earl of Spencer and Frances Ruth Burke Roche. Her first years were spent in the family residence of Sandringham, where she received her first education as a pate of governesses.
In 1968, Diana was in parental custody due to the divorce of her parents and entered the King’s Lynn school. Two years later, she was taken to the female boarding school at Riddlesworth Hall, and in 1973 she entered West Heath, another boarding school in Kent County.
Around 1975, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer, Diana was known as Lady Diana Spencer.
Between 1977 and 1978, she studied in Switzerland and after finishing them she settled in London. In November 1977, she would meet Prince Charles of Wales, the firstborn of Queen Elizabeth II of England and heir to the British throne, with whom she would start a romantic relationship two years later.
On February 24, 1981, the Spokesman of Buckingham Palace revealed the official commitment of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles of Wales. From that moment Diana moved her home to Clarence House, the residence of the queen mother.
Their wedding took place on July 29, 1981, in the Cathedral of St. Paul in London officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. From this union were born the princes William (William) and Henry (Harry).
Princess Diana became a very popular character, as she collaborated in charitable and humanitarian works. As Princess of Wales, she developed her royal duties and represented the queen on trips abroad.
On August 28, 1996, Diana officially separated from her husband, becoming the only non-royal princess in the history of the United Kingdom. She was able to maintain her residence at the Kensington Palace for the purpose of maintaining good relations with the British Royal Family for the sake of her two sons.
After the divorce, she had to return to the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, a wedding gift that the Princess had used on many occasions. Since then, Princess Diana focused on her solidarity collaborations, projecting an even more charismatic image close to the people. She lent his public image to different humanitarian organizations and appeared in many acts for the benefit of the most marginalized sectors of society. Diana was considered an icon of fashion and elegance at the international level.
Princess Diana helped many poor children in Africa, taking an active role as Princess of Wales. She was also involved with various causes, including AIDS patients, drug addicts, the elderly, lepers and children with health problems. Her last commitment had to do with the eradication of anti-personnel mines.
Princess Diana of Wales died in a car accident inside the Pont de l’Alma, on the north bank of the Seine river in Paris, France on August 31, 1997, at 36 years of age. Along with her, his partner Dodi Al-Fayed and the driver of the car, Henri Paul, also perished.
TITLES AND DISTINCTIONS
- July 1, 1961 – June 9, 1975: The Honorable Diana Frances Spencer.
- June 9, 1975 – July 29, 1981: Lady Diana Frances Spencer.
- July 29, 1981 – August 28, 1996: Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales (except Scotland); or, His Royal Highness the Duchess of Rothesay (only in Scotland).
- August 28, 1996 – August 31, 1997: Diana, Princess of Wales.
- Member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II (1981).
- Supreme Class Member of the Order of Virtue (Decoration of Nishan al-Kamal in 1981)
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (November 18, 1982).
- Coat of arms of Lady Diana Spencer (1961-1981).
- Coat of arms of S. A. R. the Princess of Wales (1981-1996).
- Coat of arms of Diana, Princess of Wales (title used after her divorce) (1996-1997).