July 24, 1990 Princess Diana talks to Paul Brien who has been fitted with a body brace at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, in the London borough of Harrow. She was opening a £2 million hospital sports centre as well as carrying out engagements for Prince Charles who had broken his arm after falling from his horse during a game of Polo. Diana told patients at the hospital that she was trying to do all her husband’s work because of his broken arm, but she did feel cooler with her new hairstyle. She even tried out one of the new electric wheelchairs while there.
Four months after announcing their engagement, Andrew and Sarah married on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London. Sarah made her way with her father, Ronald Ferguson, from Clarence House in the Glass Coach, arriving at the church at 11:30 am.The 45-minute wedding ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. As the couple exchanged their vows, Sarah mistakenly repeated Andrew’s middle name, Christian; five years before, Diana, Princess of Wales, made a similar mistake by reversing the order of Prince Charles’s names.
Both of Andrew’s brothers participated in the wedding ceremony; Prince Edward was his best man, and Prince Charles read a lesson during the service. The bridesmaids and page boys included Princess Anne’s children Peter and Zara Phillips, and Prince Charles’s eldest son Prince William.
The Duke and Duchess of York left Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace in an open-top 1902 State Landau.
Around 100,000 people gathered to witness the Andrew and Sarah’s first kiss as man and wife on the balcony of the palace. After a traditional wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace, the married couple and some 300 guests moved to a party at Claridge’s Hotel in London.
Prince Andrew was dressed in a ceremonial attire of a naval lieutenant, while Sarah wore an ivory-silk wedding grown designed by Linda Cierach.
July 22, 1991: Prince Charles and Princess Diana arrive at the Empire theatre, Leicester Square for the premiere of the film, “Backdraft”. After the show they met the principal actors Kurt Russell & William Baldwin.
The plot of the movie, starring Kurt Russell and Billy Baldwin, is about two brothers who are firefighters. As a child Brian McCafferty watched his firefighter father die. Years later he joins his brother, Steven in the force by becoming a rookie firefighter. There is a history of conflict between the two brothers that is heated up by working together. With this background, a series of suspicious fires are set, each made to kill a specific person. After becoming frightened at a fire, Brian pulls strings to get into an investigative office and finds that he is now not putting out the arsonist’s fires, but trying to track him down.
July 21, 1983: Prince Charles & Princess Diana were guests of honour at the Sunshine Coach luncheon at the Guildhall in London which was organised by the Variety Club of Great Britain for disabled and under-privileged children in order to raise money for special buses.
The Princess is wearing a bright pink and white silk dress by Donald Campbell with a matching John Boyd hat. She had previously worn it in April 1983 on the Australian Royal Tour to the Fremantle Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.
Princess Diana glitters in a pearl and diamante encrusted petal pink gown with full pleated skirt by Catherine Walker as she unveils the plaque at the re-opening of the Savoy Theatre on Monday, 19 July 1993.
Henry III gave this site to Peter of Savoy who, in 1346, built the Savoy Palace. In 1903-10 the Savoy Hotel was built by Colcutt and Macmurdo. The magnificent Art Deco Savoy Theatre is in the western section. The short road leading to the entrance to the Savoy Hotel is unusual in London in that the traffic drives on the right. It was the first building in the world to be lit entirely throughout with electric lighting.
The theatre reopened on Monday, 19 July 1993 with a week long production from The English National Ballet. The opening programme, which Diana attended ncluded an especially choreographed piece by her good friend, Wayne Sleep, entitled ‘Savoy Suite’.
On Monday July 18, 1988 Princess Diana brought her own brand of classical beauty to the aid of the London Festival Ballet School’s season at the London Coliseum, sponsored by The Mail on Sunday.
She was guest of honour when the second week opened that Monday with Natalia Makarova’s staging of the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere. Princess Diana is pictured in the second photo from the top with the Lord Mayor of Westminster.
The Princess is wearing a 1950’s inspired white silk chiffon ballet length gown by the Emanuels with a deep shawl collar and fitted bodice. The iconic sapphire and diamond collar sparkles at her neck.
La Bayadère is an exotic and mesmerising tale of love, murder and vengeful judgment by the Gods of an Indian Prince, set in the perfumed gardens and lavish palaces of India.
Although the complete ballet is seldom seen in the west, there is hardly a company around that can perform the exacting detail of the revered Kingdom of the Shades sequence.
Friday, July 17, 1981: Lady Diana Spencer returned to the Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico for the end of the term party and surprised the children with a visit. She wore a bright summery floral dress with blue cardigan as the children crowded round her wearing Union Jack paper hats.
They gave her an engraved glass goblet and a picture they had painted themselves. She spent more than an hour with them and also watched a Punch and Judy show. Headmaster Victoria Wilson said later that it was “just like old times.” Prince Charles was on a visit to Shropshire that day and while he was in Shrewsbury at the train station remarked that it was like Christmas with all the wedding gifts he had been receiving during the trip.
16 JULY 1988 Diana and Charles attend a Michael Jackson Concert at Wembley Arena in aid of the Prince’s Trust and the Wishing Well Appeal for the Redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
July 13, 1985: Diana, Princess of Wales meets rock star Elton John and George Michael on her arrival at Wembley Stadium for the London portion of the Live Aid Famine Relief Concert for Africa, which was being relayed by TV to the world from London and Philadelphia. Diana is wearing one of Kanga, Lady Dale Tryon’s, signature design dresses from 1985 which reportedly she persuaded Diana to wear at the last minute.
Princess Diana and Rupert Murdoch arriving at Hampton Court Palace for The Tmes 200th Anniversary Gala, July 11, 1985. The evening of the gala there was a bomb scare at the palace before Prince Charles and Princess Diana arrived, but the evening went forward uninterrupted.
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Princess Diana on a walkabout at the Victorian Rose Garden, Warwick Castle, after she officially opened it on 8th July, 1986.
Her visit that day took her to Southfields, to a group of sheltered homes for the aged at Leamington Spa,
lunch at the historic Judges House, Warwick, seen below,
and a visit to Warwick Castle. She is shown in the second photo at the top, greeting the crowds at Warwick Castle. The rose garden she opened is below and the fuschia pink roses she planted are also shown below.
LONDON, July 4, 1981 — In a break with royal precedent, Lady Diana Spencer has decided that she will not promise, at her wedding four weeks from today, to obey Prince Charles.
Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and a long line of royal brides before them have included the word ”obey” in their wedding vows, as prescribed in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer dating from 1662. But Lady Diana has chosen to follow the new ritual of the Church of England, and she will promise in the ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral only to ”love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health.”
Prince Charles and his fiancee, both believers in a slow but steady evolution of royal tradition, were said to have held ”very serious” discussions on the point with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, before deciding to do what most modern English couples do. Dr. Edward Carpenter, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, where most previous royal weddings have been held, said in an interview that he was ”absolutely delighted” by the royal couple’s decision.
”Marriage is the kind of relationship where there should be two equal partners, and if there is going to be a dominant partner, it won’t be settled by this oath,” the clergyman declared. ”I think this is much more Christian.”
GETTING TO THE CHURCH ON TIME! PALACE ANNOUNCES TIMING
Details of the wedding were announced by Buckingham Palace on July 1, Lady Diana’s 20th birthday. The couple celebrated the event at a small family dinner party at the palace tonight after the Prince returned from opening an exhibition on the disabled at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in northeast England.
In one respect it appeared that the couple would follow the pattern set by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they were married in 1947. Like Charles’s parents, he and Lady Diana seem to have decided to spend at least part of their honeymoon at Broadlands, the mansion at Romsey in Hampshire that was owned by Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was killed by Irish Republican Army terrorists in August 1979.
Although no official announcement has been made, it was disclosed yesterday that the house will be closed to the public later this month. The wedding timetable indicates that at 4 P.M. Prince Charles and his bride will go by carriage from the palace to Waterloo Station to begin their wedding trip.
The wedding will also depart from tradition in the participation of non-Anglican clergymen in the marriage of a man who one day is expected, as King of England, to head the church. Dr. Runcie will officiate, but prayers will be offered by, among others, Basil Cardinal Hume, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, and Dr. Andrew Doig, Moderator of the Church of Scotland, which is Presbyterian.
All of the music played during the 70-minute service will be by English composers, including Handel, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Purcell, Elgar, Walton and Tippett. Among the musicians taking part will be the part-Maori soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, who is reportedly a special favorite of the Prince, a sometime cellist.
The final hymn will be ”I Vow to Thee, My Country,” which has come to be associated with Lord Mountbatten. Two nights before the wedding, the Queen and Prince Philip will give a dinner party in honor of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. On the night before the wedding they will give another dinner in honor of distinguished visitors. After the ceremony they will give a wedding breakfast for the bridal party and the royal family.
This was the nation’s first glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with both of their children as Prince George joined the royal couple for his younger sister Princess Charlotte’s christening this afternoon.
The family of four made the journey to the church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham together for the private ceremony, attended by just 21 official guests including the Queen and Prince Philip as well as other close family members and the nine-week old princess’s five godparents.
Kate, dressed all in ivory, pushed Charlotte in a traditional-style Milson black pram, while George – who turns two on July 22 – walked alongside his parents, wearing an almost identical outfit as Prince William when Prince Harry was born in 1984.
Today, he was clutching his father’s hand tightly. It is only the second time Princess Charlotte has been seen in public, and the first time the family have been photographed together.
Lady Diana Spencer in the Royal Box at Wimbledon with the Duchess of Kent, watching the Women’s Singles Final between Chris Lloyd and Hana Mandlikova. Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer also attended.
WIMBLEDON, England, July 3, 1981 — Chris Evert Lloyd, said she thought the omens were with her, winning her third Wimbledon singles title on this day in 1981, defeating Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 6-2.
Mrs. Lloyd’s surprisingly easy victory was achieved in only 60 minutes, before a capacity center-court crowd of 14,000 that included the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Lady Diana Spencer, the fiancee of Prince Charles, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Prime Minister.
The victory capped a stunningly successful tournament in which Mrs. Lloyd swept all seven of her matches in straight sets, the first such clean slate by a women’s singles champion here since Billie Jean King did it in 1967.
”I was determined to win it this year,” said Mrs. Lloyd, who was runner-up the last three years and who, at 26 years of age, was playing in her seventh final since she first played at the All-England Club in 1972. ”I know when I’m determined I’m still the best,” Mrs. Lloyd said. ”I proved it at the U.S. Open last year and I proved it here.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Stornoway, Lewis, Outer Hebrides during the start of their visit on July 2, 1985 Photographer Jayne Fincher rented a plane, then hopped into a borrowed car so she could photograph Diana and Charles in 1985 in the Outer Hebrides. “When I caught up,” says Fincher, “Charles said, ‘Where have you been?’ ” Adds Jayne: “You don’t see Diana dressed like that very often. She looked so happy. It was pouring rain, but her makeup was perfect and un-smudged. I looked a mess, as usual.”
Princess Diana at Kirkibost Pier, above, with the Revered Donald MacAulay on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebride
The Prince and Princess also visited the Arnish Fabrication Yard on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, wearing his and her protective hard hats for the tour of the yard.
With its unique setting and superb facilities, Assembly Buildings is one of the finest conference and exhibition venues in the city of Belfast. Following an £8million refurbishment in 2010, the facility offers state-of-the-art technology in a historically rich environment. Princess Diana attended the re-opening of the buildings on 29 June 1992, after its first refurbishment due to a bomb blast. The stained glass windows, seen below, were removed for safe keeping at the height of the terrorist bombing of Belfast and were only replaced at the time of the re-opening. On the right at the front of the Assembly Hall is a plaque unveiled by Diana, Princess of Wales on the occasion of her visit to Church House on June 29, 1992. With its high-tech facilities and a ten room conference suite capable of accommodating up to 1150, the Assembly Buildings is now regarded as one of Belfast’s premier conference, concert and exhibition venues. Built in 1905 as the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre is one of the most impressive buildings in Belfast’s city centre. Designed in the architectural style of a Scottish baronial castle, the gothic structure boasts a 40m high clock tower, a bell tower housing Belfast’s only operational peal of 12 bells, and several exquisite stain glass windows. For almost 80 years the Assembly Buildings, or Church House, as it was then exclusively known, operated entirely as the headquarters and General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. In 1992, however, after its first significant refurbishment, the building took on a commercial use, providing both a retail facility, Spires Mall, on the ground floor and offering the majestic Main Hall as an outside conference venue. Over the years the Assembly Buildings has welcomed a host of distinguished visitors including Diana, Princess of Wales, President Mary McAleese, Prime Minister John Major and First Lady, Hilary Clinton. Princess Diana’s visit that day defied the IRA and she was rewarded with crowds of up to 20,000 people in Belfast during her stay in the city. It was said to be the largest crowd at a royal engagement in Ulster for years and they chanted, shouted and yelled ‘We Want Di!’
She also visited Hillsborough Castle, County Down, that same day and planted a tree in commemoration of her visit. She attended a garden party at the Castle given by the Right Hon. Patrick Mayhew and mingled with the guests in the garden. Hillsborough Castle is an official government residence in Northern Ireland. It is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the official residence in Northern Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family when they visit the region, as well as a guest house for prominent international visitors.
Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1 July 1961, in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the fourth of five children of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1924–1992) and his first wife, Frances, Viscountess Althorp (née Roche; 1936–2004). The Spencers have been closely allied with the Royal Family for several generations. They were hoping for a boy to carry on the family line, and no name was chosen for a week, until they settled on Diana Frances, after her mother and Diana Russell, Duchess of Bedford, seen below. The Duchess was a distant relative who was also known as “Lady Diana Spencer” before marriage and was a prospective Princess of Wales.
On 30 August 1961, Diana was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, by the Clerk of the Closet, Percy Herbert.
Her godparents were John Floyd (chairman of Christie’s and a friend of her father), Alexander Gilmour (her father’s first cousin), Lady Mary Colman (née Bowes-Lyon; niece of the Queen Mother), Sarah Pratt (friend and neighbour of her parents) and Carol Fox (another friend and neighbour of her parents).
Diana had three siblings: Sarah, Jane, and Charles. She also had an infant brother, John, who died only a year before she was born.
The desire for an heir added strain to the Spencers’ marriage, and Lady Althorp was reportedly sent to Harley Street clinics in London to determine the cause of the “problem.”
The experience was described as “humiliating” by Diana’s younger brother, Charles: “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.” Diana grew up in Park House, seen below, which was situated near the Sandringham estate.
Diana was eight years old when her parents divorced, before which her mother had had an affair with Peter Shand Kydd.
In his book, Morton describes Diana’s remembrance of Lord Althorp loading suitcases in the car and Lady Althorp crunching across the gravel forecourt and driving away through the gates of Park House. Diana lived with her mother in London during her parents’ separation.
During Christmas holidays, however, Lord Althorp refused to let Lady Althorp return to London with Diana. His own bouts of depression, however, left him sullen and withdrawn, and he would close himself in his private rooms for days without speaking to anyone, including his children.
Shortly afterwards, however, Lord Althorp won custody of Diana and her siblings with support from his former mother-in-law, Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy.
Diana was first educated at Sidley, then Riddlesworth Hall near Diss, Norfolk, and later attended boarding school at The New School at West Heath, in Sevenoaks, Kent.
In 1973, Lord Althorp began a relationship with Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the only daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and Barbara Cartland.
Diana soon became known as Lady Diana after her father later inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. Despite her unpopularity with Diana, Lady Darmouth married Lord Spencer at Caxton Hall, London in 1976.
Diana was often noted for her shyness while growing up, but she did take an interest in both music and dancing with training in classical ballet. She also had a great interest in children and adored her pet pony, Souffle and guinea pig, Peanuts.
After attending finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Switzerland, she moved to London.
She began working with children, eventually becoming a nursery assistant at the Young England School.
Diana grew up around the Royal Family and had played with Princes Andrew and Edward as a child while her family rented Park House, a property owned by Queen Elizabeth II and situated on the Sandringham Estate.
In 1981, at the age of 20 years and 28 days she married the heir to the British Throne, HRH Prince Charles.
They had two sons Princes William and Harry. The marriage lasted until 1992. No one in 1981 would have believed that she would ever divorce and later die tragically at the age of 36.
Had she lived, Princess Diana would have been 54 years old today.
The embellished Gianni Versace gown worn by Princess Diana, above, in a 1991 photo shoot by her official photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The images of Diana wearing the gown were used on the cover of the November 1997 “Harper’s Bazaar Diana A Tribute to a Princess” issue and in “Diana: The Portrait” by Rosalind Coward. The figure-hugging shimmering blue-green silk gown with a décolletage neckline is embellished with gold tone studs and pyramids, and encased faceted glass in shades of blue topaz, aqua marine, and white in a geometric and swirled motif. The interior is silk lined with hand finishing and an Atelier Versace label. Atelier Versace is the Haute Couture line of The House of Versace and indicates one-of-a-kind pieces. The gown was acquired directly from Versace as being worn by Princess Diana and was originally on a hanger that read “Lady Diana.” Reportedly this is the first gown Gianni Versace designed for Princess Diana. It was sold accompanied by a copy of the magazine.
The exquisite piece – which is thought to be the first dress Donatella’s brother Gianni Versace crafted for Diana – went up for auction on 26 June in Beverly Hills, California…with an eye-watering minimum price tag.
Bidders were invited to place offers starting at $30,000, but it was already estimated that it would sell for between $60,000 – $80,000. Diana’s Versace floor-sweeping maxi was sold by Julien’s Auctions, a company based in Beverly Hills that specialises in selling items from some biggest stars in history. And it’s not the first time the dress has been in the public eye since the death of Prince William and Harry’s mum in Paris on 31 August 1997.
It was displayed at the the Versace exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum back in 2002. The event celebrated the career of Gianni from 1946 – 1997.