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Princess Diana’s Diamond Tiara Makes First Appearance as Niece's Wedding Crown 21 Years After Her Demise

By Jatin Sharma, 23 June 2018

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Diana Spencer or Princess Diana was one of the most iconic public figures of the 20th century. Her life was closely followed by people all over the world. Diana was born into British nobility and became a part of British Royal family.

Her humanitarian work and charities all over the world have kept her legacy alive despite her death 21 years ago. Her death and life after her divorce from Prince Charles was paparazzi media fodder and she was hounded during her every activity.

Now her niece, Celia McCorquodale has brought the fond memories of Diana back by wearing her tiara to her wedding day and we have some interesting details about the life of Diana and the story behind the tiara.

1Who is Princess Diana?

Diana was born in the British noble family of Spencers and was the youngest child of John Spencer and Frances Roche on July 1, 1961.  Both of Diana’s grandmothers served as lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth the queen mother.

Her infant brother, John, died shortly after his birth one year before Diana was born. She spent her childhood in Park House, Sandringham estate. The Spencer family had rented the estate from the owner, Queen Elizabeth and Diana regularly played with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as a child.

Who is Princess Diana?

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2Diana’s childhood

She spent her childhood with siblings Sarah, Jane, and Charles and was homeschooled. Her proper education began at Silfield Private School in Gayton, Norfolk, and moved to Riddlesworth Hall School, an all-girls boarding school near Thetford, at the age of nine.

Though not academically brilliant, failing to pass her O-levels twice, Diana was recognized for her humanitarian work and community spirit at a young age. She was an accomplished pianist, studied ballet and tap dance, and was an excellent swimmer and diver.

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3Diana and her early work

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Diana became known as Lady Diana after her father later inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. Her family moved to Althorp, the Spencer seat in Northamptonshire. Diana became self-sufficient working many jobs as a playgroup pre-school assistant, cleaning work, and hostess at parties.

She also spent time working as a nanny for the American Robertson family, who lived in London. Later she got an apartment at Coleherne Court in Earl's Court for her 18th birthday present and she lived in it with flatmates till 1981.

Diana and her early work

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4Diana and Prince Charles

Prince of Wales, Charles met Diana when she was 16 and he was dating her elder sister Sarah. Finding Diana more beautiful, Charles took a serious interest in her as a bride and the relationship blossomed. Lady Diana started a good relationship with the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Charles proposed to Diana on February 6, 1981, and she accepted, but the engagement was a well kept secret.

Diana and Prince Charles

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5The wedding viewed by millions of viewers

Diana’s wedding ring was a beautiful one with 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold. Her first public appearance with Prince Charles came at a charity ball at Goldsmiths' Hall in March 1981, with the Princess of Monaco in attendance.

Lady Diana was named Princess of Wales when at the age of 20 years, she married Prince of Wales, Charles on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral. The wedding was televised live and set a record with over 750 million viewers all over the world.

The wedding viewed by millions of viewers

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