Princess Diana: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Princess Diana.

  • Princess Diana was the first wife of HRH Prince Charles and was one of the most liked members of the Royal Family. She was also one of the most photographed women in the world.
  • Princess Di, as she was often known, was born in 1961 in Norfolk. She was married to Charles from 1981 to 1996 and was killed in a car crash in Paris in August, 1997.
  • Diana liked roller skating, swimming and skiing. She also liked animals but did not like horse riding, after falling from a horse in her teens.
  • As a child Diana was shy and did not do well at school. On leaving school, she took an advanced cookery course and worked as a playgroup assistant and a dance instructor.
  • The wedding of Charles and Diana in St. Paul’s Cathedral was watched by 750 million people in over 70 countries. Her funeral was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people.
  • Princess Diana was well-travelled as part of her Royal duties. She went on official visits to Japan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
  • Princess Diana was descended from Italian noble families and she is related to Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. Her ancestors included Robert the Bruce and Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Diana was buried wearing a long black dress and holding rosary beads given by Mother Teresa. 36 oak trees, one for each of her years, lead to the lake and the island where she is buried.
  • During her lifetime, she was involved with over 100 charities. She was especially concerned about landmines, and her influence led to a ban on certain types of mines.
  • The Princess of Wales Memorial Walk covers 11km in Central London and is marked by 90 plaques set in the ground. The walk takes in Kensington Gardens and Buckingham Palace.
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana had two children: Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) and Prince Harry (Prince Henry of Wales).
  • In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London.
  • In 2013 the dress worn by Diana when she danced with John Travolta in 1985 at a state dinner at the White House was sold at auction for around £800,000.

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