1996 PRINCESS DIANA’S LAST HOLIDAY SEASON

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In 1996 Princess Diana divorced, losing her HRH status and her last holiday season saw her hosting her own separate holiday party for her staff. Instead of going to Sandringham, she managed to make an impromptu visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital as well as spending the day at the English National Ballet where she posed for photos by their Christmas Tree.   While at the Ballet, she saw a private performance of The Nutcracker, for which she had worked so hard fundraising.   She even spent time with the 1996 New Year’s Honor List recipient, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, who received the Order of the Merit.