The "People's Princess"
Diana Frances Spencer was born July 1, 1961, at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the youngest daughter of three (Sarah b. 1955 and Jane b. 1957), and she had a younger brother Charles (born 1964). Her parents were Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, now the late (8th) Earl Spencer, and the Honorable Mrs. Shand-Kydd, daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. Earl Spencer was Equerry to George VI from 1950-1952, and to the Queen from 1952-1954, when he married Diana's mother. Her parents separated in 1967 after her mother left her father for another man, and the marriage continued to dissolve until 1969 when the divorce was made final. Diana's…show more content… But soon the cameras caught up with "Shy Di," who at 19 charmed the world with her fresh beauty and innocence. On February 24th 1981, it was officially announced that Lady Diana was to marry The Prince of Wales.
The fairytale romance of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles raised worldwide interest in Britain's royal family. Engagement pictures showing the smiling couple, and showing off Diana's engagement ring, an 18 carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds, were splashed across everything from newspapers to souviners such as coffee mugs. The heir to Britain's throne and his beautiful princess-to-be brought forth admirers by holding a storybook wedding with all the royal trappings imaginable. Di's dress was of silk tafetta with a 25 foot long train. She had 5 bridesmaids, including Princess Lady Sarah Armstrong. Crouwds packed London streets and millions watched worldwide on television as Charles 32, and Diana, 20, exchanged vows at St. Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981. The wedding reception was held at Buckingham Palace. Diana was the first English woman to marry a heir to the throne for 300 years. The couple honeymooned in Hampshire and aboard the royal yacht Britannia in the Mediterranean. The 12- year age differance between the prince and princess seemed to matter little at this stage.