Жизнь принцессы Дианы (1961-1997)

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    AN EARL’S DAUGHTER

    Diana Frances Spencer was not royal by birth. She was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. She was the third daughter of the future viscount

    Althorp and Frances Ruth, who was one of The Queen Mother’s ladies-in-waiting.

    Diana had two elder sisters, Sarah and Jane, and a younger brother, Charles; there was also a brother called John, born in 1960, who survived only ten hours.

    Diana spent her early children’s years in Sandringham, where she had home education. Her first teacher was Gertrude Allen, who taught Diana’s mother. Life at Park House was

    orderly, traditional and aristocratic. The Spencer children saw their parents only for an hour in the morning and at tea time. When Diana was just six years old her parents separated

    and later divorced, the children remaining with their father.

    Diana continued her education in Sulfide, in private school near the Kings Lynn, then in preparatory Ridlsuort School.

    When Diana was 12 years old, she went to the privileged school for the girls in West Heath, county Kent.

    Her life changed a lot in 1975 when Viscount Althorp becoming 8

    th Earl Spencer, and Diana becoming Lady Diana, and they moved to the stately home at Althorp in Northamtonshire. The following year Earl Spencer married Raine, Countess of

    Dartmouth, whose mother was the romantic novelist, Barbara Cartland. Diana went to a finishing school in Switzerland, where she studied domestic science, typing and correspondence,

    and found plenty of time to enjoy skiing.

    LADY DIANA SPENCER

    When Diana returned to Britain from Switzerland she lived in London, sharing apartment with old school friends. She moved naturally in the society that was described by someone

    as ‘Sloane Rangers’, so called because much of their leisure time was spend in the fashionable shops and restaurants around Sloane Square. Diana became a nanny to a number of

    children, and took a three-month cookery course, before joining the Young England Kindergarten as a helper. She enjoyed the social whirl, attending parties in the evenings and going

    to the country every weekend. Diana would stay with friends, or occasionally go back to Althorp where she would visit her sister Jane, and her husband Sir Robert Fellows, at their

    house on the estate.

    Most of Diana’s circle of friends came from similar backgrounds, and when her relationship with The Prince of Wales began they automatically provided her protection. Once the

    media suspected Lady Diana and Prince Charles’ new romance, press reporters and cameramen pursued her relentlessly. They besieged her flat at Coleherne Court and followed her

    everywhere. It was a very testing time for the young Diana.

    Diana learned to keep her head down, literally, becoming known as ‘Shy Di’. So the highly intensive media attention which was to continue throughout her life began. But ones the

    engagement was official, Diana moved into an apartment in Clarence House, home of the late Queen Mother, where she would be under the protection of the Royal Press Office.

    A FAIRY-TALE BRIDE

    The wedding of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer took place at St Paul’s Cathedral on 29 July 1981, barely a month after the Brides 20

    th birthday. It was a day of joy for everyone: the bride and groom, their families and the millions of people watching on television all over the world. The occasion was a

    combination of pageantry, high emotion, formal ceremony and vociferous enthusiasm.

    Diana was everyone’s idea of a fairy-tail bride; her dress, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was a triumph of ivory silk taffeta, hand embroidered with thousands of tiny

    mother-of-pearl sequins and pearls, and with a 25-foot train trimmed with sparking old lace. Diana wore the Spencer family tiara, and diamond earrings borrowed from her mother.

    She left Clarence House in the Glass Coach accompanied by her father, to the thunderous cheers of the crowds lining The Mall. At St Paul’s the groom ...

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