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Princess of Wales; Duchess of Rothesay |
Spouse | Charles, Prince of Wales
(29 July 1981 – 28 August 1996) |
Prince William of Wales
Prince Henry of Wales |
Diana Frances Spencer[N 1] |
House | House of Windsor |
Father | John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer |
Mother | Frances Shand Kydd |
Born | 1 July 1961(1961-07-01)
Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk |
Died | 31 August 1997 (aged 36)
Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France |
Burial | Althorp, Northamptonshire |
Diana, Princess of Wales, (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 –31 August 1997) was a popular international media icon of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981. The wedding, which was held at St. Paul's Cathedral, was televised and watched by a global audience of over 750 million people. The marriage produced two sons, Princes William and Harry, currently second and third in line to the thronesof the 16 Commonwealth realms.
A public figure from the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, Diana was born into an old, aristocratic English family with royal connections, and remained the focus of worldwide media scrutiny before, during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. This continued in the years following her death in a car crash in Paris alongwith her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul on 31 August 1997, and in the subsequent display of public mourning a week later. Contemporary responses to Diana's life and legacy are mixed but popular interest in the Princess endures.
Diana also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of theGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Contents[hide] * 1 Early life * 2 Royal descent * 3 Education * 4 Relationship with the Prince of Wales * 4.1 Engagement and wedding * 4.2 Children * 4.3 Charity work * 4.4 Problems and separation * 4.5 Divorce * 5 Personal life after divorce * 5.1 Landmines * 6 Death * 6.1 Conspiracy theories and inquest* 6.2 Tribute, funeral, and burial * 6.2.1 Memorials * 6.3 Memorabilia * 6.4 Diana in contemporary art * 6.5 Recent events * 7 Contemporary opinions * 8 Titles, styles, honours, and arms * 8.1 Titles and styles * 8.2 Honours * 8.3 Arms * 9 Legacy * 10 Ancestry * 11 See also * 12 Notes * 13 References * 14 Further reading * 15 Externallinks |
 Early life
Diana Frances Spencer was the youngest daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer) who was of British descent and Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp (formerly the Honourable Frances Burke Roche, and later Frances Shand Kydd) who was of English and Irish descent. She was born at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk, England on 1 July 1961 at18.45, and was baptised on 30 August 1961 at St. Mary Magdalene Church by the Rt. Rev. Percy Herbert (rector of the church and former Bishop of Norwich and Blackburn), with godparents that included John Floyd (the chairman of Christie's). She was the fourth child to the couple, with older sisters Sarah (born 19 March 1955) and Jane (born 11 February 1957), as well as an infant brother, TheHonourable John Spencer (born and died on 12 January 1960). The heir to the Spencer titles and estates, her younger brother, Charles, was born three years after her on 20 May 1964.
Following her parents' acrimonious divorce in 1969 (over Lady Althorp's affair with wallpaper heir Peter Shand Kydd), Diana's mother took her and her younger brother to live in an apartment in London's Knightsbridge, where...