Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1st July 1961 and grew up at Althorp in Northampton, the family seat of the Spencer family. On the 29th of July 1981 she married the heir to the British throne, HRH The Prince of Wales. The event was broadcasted across the globe and viewed by millions. Diana now known as the Princess of Wales became one of the most well known people in the world and is famous for her work with landmine, HIV/Aids, homeless and children's charities.
Princess Diana had two children, princes William and Harry. William is the older of the two sons and was born on the 21st June 1982 and is the second in line to the throne.
In August 1996 the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles came to an end. Diana continued with her charity work and achieved high profile coverage for many of her charities the most famous been her campaign against land mines. In August 1997 Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. The death of the princess led to widespread mourning and her funeral took place at Westminster Abbey, the route was lined by thousands of mourners. It is estimated that 31 million people in Britain and two and a half billion people around the world viewed the funeral service on television. Diana was laid to rest at Althorp and in 1998 a memorial museum was opened in her memory.
Family Record - Spencer
Burke's Peerage's Guide to Royalty
Burke's Peerage's Guide to Castles and Houses - Althorp
News Item - Diana's death five years on
News Item - Editor Charles Mosley talks to CNN about changes in the Royal Family
ATAVUS Article - Alastair Bruce of Crionaich: Reflections on the Monarchy