Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer.
After her marriage to Prince Charles Diana received the title Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales. But after her divorce from Charles Diana lost the Royal Highness and became Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana became more then a public icon around the world with millions focused upon her every move in life. The princess was most noted for her charity work and public stance against land mines. Diana was the most photographed person in the world.
In January 1997, Princess Diana toured Angola while she was serving as an International Red Cross VIP volunteer. Diana toured the de-mining projects being run by the HALO Trust and visited land mine survivors in hospitals. Photos of Diana walking though a mine field wearing a ballistic helmet and flak jacket were beamed around the world. Then later that year Diana visited Bosnia with the Landmine Survivors Network. Her visits and opposition to land mines drew worldwide public attention to the cause and brought nations involved in the production of land mines to sign the Ottawa Treaty in 1997 creating an international ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines. However, to this day some nations have still not signed the treaty.
Perhaps the most inspiring work of the Princess Diana was in 1987 when she became the first high-profile person to be photographed knowingly touching a person with the HIV virus.
The life of Princess Diana has been one of controversy and so it also was in her death. It seemed as though the whole world stood still when news of her death became public.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was designed by Kathryn Gustafson. Located in Hyde Park in London, the fountain opened by Queen Elizabeth II, on July 6, 2004.
In 1997, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was founded.
Arms and Motto:
As the wife of the Prince of Wales, Diana used arms that included the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom with a plain, three-point label and the inescutcheon of the Coat of Arms of the Principality of Wales (the arms of the Prince of Wales), impaled with a shield bearing 1st and 4th quarters plain white, and the 2nd and 3rd quarters bearing a golden fret on a red background defaced with three escallopes (the arms of the Earl Spencer, her father). The supporters were the crowned golden lion from the Royal Arms, and a winged griffin from the Spencer arms. The shield was topped by the Prince of Wales crown. Her motto was Dieu Defend le Droit (English: God defends the right), also used in the Spencer arms. After her divorce, Diana used the arms of the Spencer family, crowned by a royal coronet.
The Honourable Diana Spencer, 1 July 1961-9 June 1975.
The Lady Diana Spencer, 9 June 1975-29 July 1981.
Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, 29 July 1981-28 August 1996.
Diana, Princess of Wales, 28 August 1999-31 August 1997.
Diana was ranked 3rd in the 100 Greatest Britons poll in 2002.
Concert for Diana: A concert held to celebrate the life and commemorate the work of Princess Diana was staged on 1 July 2007, at London's new Wembley Stadium. All 60,000 tickets sold out in a few minutes. The Concert for Diana was staged on what would have been her 46th birthday.
10th Anniversary Memorial Service:
Princes William and Harry arranged a Service of Thanksgiving on 31 August 2007 to mark the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana`s death.
Diana Memorial Award:
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Inspirational Young People was established in 1999. The Diana Memorial Award reflects the personal interest of Diana, Princess of Wales in helping and supporting young people. The Diana Memorial Award endeavors to appreciate and celebrate the work which young people make to their school, family or community - especially those who are peer mentors, fund raisers, school counselors, environmental campaigners, sports leaders, local community volunteers, and those who have overcome adversity. Each Diana Memorial Award holder receives a special certificate that is signed by the chancellor, and a lapel pin or one trophy for a group; a termly issue of Inspire, the Diana Award newsletter; and free membership to the Award holders section of the website. In the longer term, the Diana Award provides its holders opportunities to attend events organized by the Diana team, primarily as part of the 'Young Ambassadors Programme' which includes presentation, research and peer education training. Since 1999, over 16,000 young people from around the United Kingdom have received the Diana Memorial Award.
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The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground:
This is a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales in Kensington Gardens, London. It was erected on the site of an existing children's playground but it is larger and more elaborate than the original. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground has a full scale wooden pirate ship which serves as a climbing area for children, and is surrounded by sand in which they can play and have fun. Other features include slides, swings, and an area designed for those with disabilities, including fragrant plants and sound features for those with visual disabilities. It is located at the north western corner of Kensington Gardens, in sight of the Princess's former residence at Kensington Palace. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is adjacent to the Broad Walk of Kensington Gardens.
Princess Diana as a Child
Princess Diana Francis Spencer was born on July 1, 1961 at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. Princess Diana was the youngest of four children to Viscount and Vicountess Althorp. She had two sisters Sarah and Jane, and a younger brother Charles. Princess Diana lived with her father and in 1975 the family moved to the Spencer family house in Northamptonshire in English Midlands. Princess Diana went to a preparatory school, Riddlesworth Hall at Diss, Northolk. In 1974 she was a boarder at West Heath near Sevenoaks, Kent. At school Princess Diana became an accomplished pianist and was given the award for giving the most help to the school and her schoolfellows. The presentation of this award shows Princess Diana's giving spirit so early on in life. In 1977 Princess Diana went to finishing school at the Institute Alpin Videmanette in Rougemont, Switzerland. In 1978 Princess Diana moved into a flat at Coleherns Court, London. Princess Diana worked as a kindergarden teacher at Young English School in Pimlico.
Princess Diana Honeymoon
The Prince and Princess of Wales spent their first part of their honeymoon at the Mountbatten family home at Broadlands, Hampshire. Afterwards the pair of newlyweds flew to Gibralter to join the Royal Yacht HMY BRITANNIA. The yacht embarked on a 12 day cruise through the meditaranian to Egypt. Their honeymoon ended with a stay at Balmoral.
Princess Diana Marriage
The Prince and Princess of Wales lived primarily at Highgrove house near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. They also shared an apartment at Kensington Palace. They had two children, William Arthur Louis who was born June 21, 1982 and Henry Charles Albert David who was born September 15, 1984. Princess Diana had 17 godchildren. On December 1992 it was officially announced the Prince and Princess would separate. The Prince and Princess were divorced on August 28, 1996.
Princess Diana in Public
Princess Diana's first official tour with the Prince was a three day visit to Wales in 1981. In 1983 the Prince and Princess went to Australia and New Zealand. In 1985 they went to Italy with their two children. Other official visits took them to India, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Camaroon, Spain and France. Their last visit together was to South Korea in 1992. During her marraige Princess Diana was the president or patron of over 100 charities. In December 1993 the Princess announced she would be reducing the extent of her public role. Princess Diana remained as patron of Centerpoint(homeless charity), English National Ballet, Leprosy Mission and National Aids Trust, and President of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and the Royal Marsden Hospital. Princess Diana's last official engagement was July 21 when she visited Northwick Park Hospital, London (childrens accident and emergency unit). In the year before her death Diana was an active campainer for a ban on the manufacture and use of land mines. Princess Diana visited Angola in 1997 as part of her campaign.
Origins Of The Name Diana
Diana was the mythology name of the Roman goddess Artemis. Associated with the moon and virginity. She was the goddess of hunting and the protector of wild animals. Its use as a first name dates as far back as the renaissance. Diana exhibited the qualities of the goddess Artimas. As a hunter she persisted in her quest to make the world a better place and to be a voice for those who were not heard. As the quarry she was chased and used by many people. Artimas was the goddess of the moon. Dianas life was closely associated with the moon and major events occurred during eclipses, her marriage, the birth of her son William and her death.
Princess Diana Fashion
Princess Diana was a natural when it came to fashion. From the simplest to the glamour she set the fashion trends across the world. Princess Diana wore the creations of British designers and her fashion graced the cover of magazines and newspapers worldwide. Princess Diana set the trends in fashion for twenty years.
Princess Diana Funeral
More than one million people lined the streets of London to say goodbye to Princess Diana at her funeral. A further 2.5 billion people worldwide watched the Princess Diana funeral on television. Princess Diana's funeral began at 11 a.m. The Princess Diana funeral was held at Westminster Abbey and was attended by well known dignitaries, celebrities, royalty, the rich and the poor. The service was broadcast over a public address system linked throughout the city. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park to watch the service on huge television screens. Princess Diana's coffin was draped with the Royal Standard-The Windsor Family Flag, and covered with white lilies and a floral arrangement. There was a card with just one word written on it-"Mummy". Before her casket was carried out of the Abbey the nation paused for one minutes silence. The coffin was borne on a horse drawn carriage. An honour guard of British soldiers served as pallbearers for Princess Diana`s funeral. Princess Diana's two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, her brother, Prince Charles and the Queens husband, Philip walked behind the coffin for the last mile. Mourners stood in silence, others tossed flowers or cried during the funeral of Princess Diana. Behind the main mourners came 500 people representing the charities that Princess Diana supported. With business closed, Heathrow airport traffic held up, the country came to a standstill as the bells of the Abbey rang for Diana. Princess Diana's body was taken to her family's country estate where she was buried on an island within the estate.
Princess Diana and Dodi
Princess Diana met Dodi at a polo match in July 1986. It was at this time that her marriage was falling apart but she was still maintain a public appearance. As it occurred Princess Diana and Dodi would cross paths at various social events. Diana had taken her sons to the premiere of the film "Hook" and had been introduced once again to Dodi. Dodi was the executive producer of the film. Dodi loved the Hollywood lifestyle. He convinced his father to invest in the production of "Chariots of Fire" which went on to become a worldwide success. He was also involved in other movies such as "breaking glass", The World According to Garp", "F/X" and "Peter Pan", all of which became successful movies. Princess Diana had dinner with Dodi in Dodi's Park Lane apartment and were described as sitting on the floor and talking for hours. On the last afteroon she was alive Princess Diana and Dodi visited the Villa Windsor, the former house of of the late Duke and Duchess of York. It had been leased to Mohamed Al Fayad who had restored it. There has since been some speculation that the couple planned to live there, but this is speculation.
Princess Diana Ancestors
Diana Spencer (1961-1997) is a descendant of king Charles II of Great Britain (1630-1661) through his illegitimate son, the duke of Grafton. The duke's mother, Barbara Villiers (1641-1709) was not only Charles' mistress, but also mistress of John Churchill (1650-1722), duke of Marlborough and another ancestor of Diana. The relatives of Diana include:
Kings of Great-Britain (Stuart family)
Dukes of Grafton (FitzRoy family)
Dukes of Bedford (Russell family)
Dukes of Abercorn (Hamilton family)
Dukes of Marlborough (Churchill family)
Earls of Sunderland (Spencer family)
Earls Spencer (Spencer family)
This section of Paralumun on Princess Diana was submitted by Julie Andrews and is dedicated to Princess Diana. May the memory of Princess Diana always stay within our hearts.