This photo shows Sarah and Jane both elder sisters of Diana, her parents and her little brother Charles.
Diana, Princess of Wales was born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk, as the third child and daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp. Diana would become the sister to Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes, and Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. While her parents were overjoyed with her birth, there was no hiding that the fact that the entire Spencer family was hoping for a male heir to carry on the Spencer name. The Spencer family was one of Great Britain's oldest and most important families, being closely allied with the royal family for over five hundred years. Because they were expecting a male child, her parents, initially, had no name to give her. A week later, they settled on Diana Frances, after a Spencer ancestress and her mother.
Diana being baby.
Before her birth, Diana's parents had given birth to a son named John, who died a year before Diana was born, having lived only 10 hours. According to Andrew Morton's biography about the Princess of Wales, her brother was very deformed and sick. His death put a strain on John and Frances' marriage. Lady Frances would be forced to seek medical attention at Harley Street clinics in London, after the older members of the Spencer family questioned why she could only give birth to girls. The experience was described as "humiliating", with her brother Charles Spencer commenting: "It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don't think they ever got over it." As a young child, Diana would catch the pitch of her family's frustration - she would consider herself a nuisance, and feel an overwhelming sense of guilt, but learned to accept and recognize the emotions.
Diana and his little brother Charles .
With normal commoners as god parents, Diana would be baptized at Sandringham church (her younger brother, Charles, would be baptized at Westminster Abbey with Queen Elizabeth II as his principal god parent). Her parents would separate when she was is seven years old, eventually divorcing due to her mother engaging in an extramarital affair. In Morton's book, he described how she remembered her father packing suitcases, her mother crunching across the gravel forecourt, and driving away through the gates of Park House. Shortly thereafter, her father, John Spencer, won custody of both her and her three siblings.
At school Diana excelled in athletics, music, and art. She did not enjoy math and science. One of her favorite things to do was to work with the elderly and the disabled. She loved to help others. When she completed boarding school at the age of sixteen, she went to finishing school in Switzerland. Finishing school is where girls from high society families learn about cooking, dancing, and attending parties. Diana didn't like the school and begged her father to let her come home. He finally agreed and she returned to England. After leaving school she got a job as a nanny and part time cook.
When Diana turned 18 she moved into an apartment with three of her friends. She didn't need money because her father paid for all of her expenses. However, she also didn't want to just sit around and attend parties. Diana took a job as an assistant at a Kindergarten. She really loved working with kids. She also took jobs babysitting for friends.
Prince Charles and Sarah Spencer.
In 1977, Sarah's relationship with Prince Charles led to the first meeting between Diana and her future husband.
Prince Charles had known Diana for several years, but he first took a serious interest in her as a potential wife in the summer of 1980 when they were invited to a country weekend, as she watched play polo. The relationship developed as he invited her for a sailing weekend in Cowes aboard the royal yacht Britannia, followed by an invitation to Balmoral Castle, Scottish residence of the Windsor family. Diana was well received by the Queen at Balmoral, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother. The couple then had several dates in London. Six months later, in February 1981, the prince proposed and Diana accepted. Personal accounts say it was truly and hopelessly in love with the prince.
Their engagement became official on February 24, 1981, after Diana selected a large £ 30,000 ring from a tray. The couple then faced the press to announce their engagement.
When asked if they married for love, Diana replied: "Of course." "Whatever love means," said the prince.
Diana realizes that his life will be announced in the media
Diana married Prince Charles in St. Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981. She was 20; he was 32. Diana was the first British citizen to marry an heir to the British throne in 300 years.
Officiants of the traditional Church of England service wedding included the Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 other clerics.
There were 3,500 people in the congregation at St. Paul's Cathedral. Two million spectators lined the procession from Clarence House. Another 750 million people watched the ceremony worldwide.
Diana's wore a puff ball meringue wedding dress, with huge puffed sleeves and a frilly neckline. The dress was made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. It had a 25-foot train. Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.
After the ceremony, Charles and Diana delighted the crowd with the popular kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. They later proceeded with a dinner for 120 people.
Lady Diana became sunshine of Family Royal, overshadowing the Prince.
On November 5, 1981, Diana's first pregnancy was officially announced. On June 2, 1982, in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, Diana and Charles had their first son and heir, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis. Amidst some media criticism, she would take her child on her first major tours of Australia and New Zealand, where the decision was popularly applauded. By her own admission, she did not initially intend to take William until it was suggested by Malcolm Fraser, the Australian prime minister.
Nice photo of the royal family
William would be joined by his brother, Prince Henry Charles Albert David, widely known as "Prince Harry", more than two years later on September 15, 1984. Diana would assert that she and Prince Charles were closest during her pregnancy with Harry. She was also aware their second child was a boy, but did not share the knowledge with anyone, including Prince Charles.
Diana with her two little prince.
Princess Diana's life was regarded as one of being a devoted and demonstrative mother. She rarely deferred to Prince Charles or to the Royal Family. She chose their first given names, dismissed a royal family nanny and engaged one of her own choosing, selected their schools and clothing, planned their outings and, as often as her schedule permitted, took them to school herself. She would also negotiate her public duties around their timetables. Initially overwhelmed by her royal duties and the intense media coverage of nearly every aspect of her life, she began to develop and pursue her own interests.
The fairytale continued, with Diana gaining huge popularity, not only in the UK, but also worldwide, and she became known as the 'People's Princess', a celebrity in her own right. With her natural beauty, her height and her grace, her ease with people, her candid honesty and warmth, it was an easy task for personal stylists to help her become a fashion icon, a role model, and possibly the most photographed and famous woman in the world. In the winter of 1985, Charles and Diana made their first official visit to America. President Reagan held a gala party at the White House in their honour and it was the society event of the year.
The fairytale continued, with Diana gaining huge popularity, not only in the UK, but also worldwide, and she became known as the 'People's Princess', a celebrity in her own right. With her natural beauty, her height and her grace, her ease with people, her candid honesty and warmth, it was an easy task for personal stylists to help her become a fashion icon, a role model, and possibly the most photographed and famous women in the world. In the winter of 1985, Charles and Diana made their first official visit to America. President Reagan held a gala party at the White House in their honour and it was the society event of the year.
Michael and Diana met just one time, backstage after his London concert on July 16, 1988 during his "Bad" tour. Michael told reporters he was "very excited" to meet the beloved royal.
After their meeting, Jackson and the princess instantly bonded. "Michael would spend thousands of dollars on phone bills to Princess Diana. À gréât friendship between Michael Jackson and Lady Diana.
Michael had a particularly high regard for Princess Diana. He loved her though, not because she was a princess – that only paved a path for them to meet. It was because she had a heart of gold and he could feel it. During several interviews Michael said some things that made me want to take a second look at this relationship, since the press couldn't seem to decide if Michael and Diana were close friends or if Princess Diana was “just a fan”.
Diana, who was a keen dancer and ballerina in her childhood days and also a big fan of Saturday Night Fever, made world headlines in 1985 when she showed off a footloose and fancy free dance routine with King of dance John Travolta.
John Travolta led Diana onto the dance floor at the White House after the first Lady Nancy Reagan who was then the wife of then President Ronald Reagan walked up to John Travolta and told him that Diana wanted to dance with offer he couldn't refuse. Travolta summoned up his courage and walked over to Diana and told her he agreed to have the dance, it was also a moment that Diana had always dreamed of and her dream came true. Later, Travolta commented that he looked Diana in the eye and said " We're good, we can do this, lets dance " Travolta also commented later that " With Diana, I was suddenly the only thing that mattered in America to her and I was reborn.