Freda Dunk, a volunteer at St Luke’s Hospice, remembers the Royal Couple’s visit well; “The Prince and Princess of Wales visited in 1984, and Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry,” Freda recalls.
Alexandra Knatchbull is the daughter of Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne and his wife, Penelope Meredith (née Eastwood), known at the time of her birth as Lord and Lady Romsey. She is a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and a third cousin twice removed of the Queen. Through Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, she is the third cousin of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. She is in the line of succession to the British throne.
Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull was born on 5 December 1982 at King’s College Hospital, London, and christened at Romsey Abbey on 12 March 1983. She was one of 17 godchildren of Diana, Princess of Wales.
She studied theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford and obtained an upper-second class degree in 2005. She served a year in office as Captain of Boats. In the autumn of 2006, she began graduate studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University focusing on International Security.
The Karl Lagerfield designed suit for the fashion house Chanel was one of her best and most iconic outfits. It was chosen from their Spring and Summer Couture line in 1997. The suit was bought off the peg and Diana wore it twice. She wore it March 9, 1997 to Prince William’s confirmation and on 21 April that same year to the British Lung Foundation launch of a “Princess of Wales Rose,” named after her.
The suit is a pale blue boucle light wool with fringed lapels and inset pocket detailing worn with an above the knee skirt. For the confirmation, Diana wore a matching pillbox hat with a beige handbag and matching Chanel heels. It was truly French Couture at its best!
Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, return to England with the coffin of their friend Major Hugh Lindsay at RAF Northolt in London, England. Major Lindsay was killed in an avalanche March 10, 1988 in Klosters that nearly killed the Prince.
A distraught Prince of Wales took part yesterday in a desperate attempt to rescue one of his close friends, who was killed after being buried by an avalanche which swept down a mountain in the Swiss resort of Klosters where the royal party was skiing.
Prince Charles, who was not hurt in the incident, joined other members of the party in a frantic bid to dig out Major Hugh Lindsay, who was caught in the cascade of tons of freshly fallen snow which shot down Gotschnagrat Mountain in the fashionable ski resort.
A second member of the party, who was also trapped in the avalanche , Mrs Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, sustained leg injuries.
Major Lindsay, a former equerry to the Queen, was found to be dead on arrival at Davos hospital, to where he and Mrs Palmer-Tomkinson were helicoptered by the Red Cross after the accident.
The incident occurred at 2.45 pm yesterday when the Prince of Wales, Major Lindsay, Mr and Mrs Palmer-Tomkinson, a Swiss guide and a Swiss police officer were in a stationary position off-piste near the Wang run.
According to Buckingham Palace, the avalanche started above them and all of the royal party were able to take avoiding action except the two victims, who were caught in the sudden slide of snow which had been building up on the mountain yesterday during a fresh and heavy fall.
Eye-witnesses said that Prince Charles, who was lifted off the slope by a second helicopter, was visibly distressed. The second helicopter pilot was quoted by locally based reporters as saying the Prince was weeping.
Neither the Princess of Wales nor the Duchess of York, who are also on the skiing holiday, were on the mountain when the avalanche occurred. They were both in the royal party’s chalet in Davos.
Before yesterday’s tragedy there had been a heavy snowfall on the mountain, although it was not thought last night that the sudden change in weather conditions had led the Klosters authorities to issue an avalanche warning.
Major Lindsay was 34. His wife, Sarah, who is expecting a baby, works in the press office at Buckingham Palace.
A career army officer, he returned to his full-time army duties in 1986 after his spell in service to the Queen as an equerry.