Diana,The Princess of Wales.
On February 24, 1981, in the white and gold ballroom of Buckingham Palace, as the notes of the National Anthem died away, Lord Chamberlain came at the centre stage and said that Lord Maclean, in a manner that befits royality,announced,"It is with great pleasure that the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son, the prince of Wales ,to Diana Spencer, daughter of Earl Spencer and the Honorable Mrs. shand Kydd."
- Lady Diana was chosen by the exclusive royal family of Britain
- Princess Diana became an icon
- The divorce could not rob,
- After her death...
Lady Diana was chosen by the exclusive royal family of Britain
Lady Diana was chosen by the exclusive royal family of Britain to be the future Queen of England. On July 29,1981,a midst the pomp, glamour and much glitter Lady Diana walked down the aisle of St.Paul’s Cathedral with prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne. Lady Diana became her royal highness the Princess of Wales. It was fairy tale wedding that struck the very picture of romance. The world applauded and cheered as the starry-eyed nineteen year old princess with a warm style and stunning looks waved to them as her royal carriage passed through the heavily packed streets of London. She was an instant success
Diana was the third daughter of the eighth Earl. He held a position as Viscount Anthrop ,King George VI’s equerry between 1950and 1952 and an equerry to the queen for two years after her accession in1952.It was in 1954 that he married the Honorable Frances Ruth Burke Roche, the younger daughter of the fourth Baron Fermoy.Diana was the couple’s third daughter. She was born at Park house, in a rambling Victorian mansion, in the ground of the Sandringham Estate; the royal family’s house .It was only till the age of seven that Diana enjoyed a happy childhood. Matrimonial strife between her parent ended in a divorce at this time...She was then, sent to the boarding school. In 1975, after the death of her grandfather, her father inherited the title and became the eight Ear Spencer. They moved to Anthrop, in Northamptonshire.Diana became “Lady “Diana, Two years later, her father remarried and Diana went off to finishing school in Swizerland.She felt homesick and was back before the year was over. I t was in 1977, at a shooting party, that she met Prince Charles for the first time. Little did they know that destiny had more plans for them than were afforded by this casual meeting? After this, Prince Charles started taking more than a casual interest in this unaffected eighteen year old girl. She was a marked contrast to the more worldly girls in her circles.
Princess Diana became an icon
At first, their marriage seemed to be happy enough. Within a span of three years, Diana gave birth to two sons- Prince William of Wales and Prince Andrew. The four of them presented a picture of a happy family. Princess Diana had all that the future queen of England must possess. She became an obsession with the media. Her gorgeous looks of a model, matched by warm elegance, became a perfect story for the media across the globe. She was always in the news, sometimes as “Shy Di” or “Crusading Di”. So powerful was her appeal with the masses that many times, her charisma and charm overshadowed that of the more sober Prince Charles. Her fanfare was phenomenal and she gained a tremendous amount of applause when she associated herself with unfashionable and controversial issues like leprosy and Aids. She soon gained the stature of a model lady of the twentieth century .She became an icon. Unfortunately, this idyllic state did not last long .Hints of the strenuous relations between the couple became apparent. In December, 1900, separation of the royal couple was announced by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons and in 1996, they were divorced. Diana’s title of her royal highness was taken away from her and she came to be addressed as merely Diana-The Princess of Wales. This move by the royal household earned them a poor reputation as the world opinion was with their very own Diana. In candid BBC interview, she said that what she wanted most was not to be the Queen of England but the queen of people’s hearts.And that she definitely was.
It would indeed, be difficult to delineate the causes of the failure of this marriage that started with so much of hope and optimism. The formality of the monarchy ,which Diana found stifling, together with the hounding media, are surmised to be two major causes of the failure of this marriage of the century. Prince Charles, trained to keep the proverbial tight upper lip, could not perhaps understand the spontaneousness of the girl he had married. They were two different kinds of people who were tied together in a set of circumstances that were made painful by fate
The divorce could not rob,
Diana of the charm that she was endowed with .Her popularity never waned, though there were articles every now and then about some clandestine romance that she was supposed to be having. But all was quelled when Prince Charles too confessed of having a relationship with his companion of many years. - Camilla Parker. People sympathetic and identified with her...Although she was no longer the wife of the heir apparent to the British Throne, yet Diana had a significant role to play as the mother of the future heirs of her country. She decided to forge a new bond with the public that gave her so much adulation. She concentrated on the causes that needed her attention. Her association with the Aids trust, Leprosy mission, cancer hospitals and the British Red Cross won her many laurels. She was a symbol of refreshing new royalty who even shied away from wearing gloves while shaking hands.
When the world heard of Diana’s death in a car crash at Paris, there was gloom that spread across all the corners of the world. There was a common outpour of grief as people participated in what seemed to be a global loss. It was history in the making. Millions around the world mourned the snatching away of a person who was so young and irreplaceable .Ironically; it was on this fateful day that Diana had truly found personal happiness. In that evening, her companion and friend Dodi al-Fayed, eldest son of the owner of Harrods’s had presented Diana with a fabulous diamond studded ring that commemorated the beginning of a new life with him. Diana put in on the third finger of her right hand. She was on the threshold of a new life when Dodi and she were killed in the car crash in Paris.
After her death...
Diana’s tragic death put an end to an era that had just started to take shape. It reinforced the finality of death and the contrasting elusiveness of life. People from all over the world thronged ate icon gates of the Kingston Palace, the official residence of the Princess and paid their heartfelt tributes with flowers and messages. Even 45condolence books were not sufficient for recording the monumental grief of these people who mourned her death.
After her death, Diana joined the enviable group of those people who, in their short but meaningful lives, have left her great and gloomy void. Diana’s close friend and famous singer Elton John’s first line of his song, “A candle in the wind” poignantly captures the essence of Diana’s impact on the world .While bidding farewell, he says, “Goodbye England’s rose.”With the death of Diana, a contemporary icon faded away but from theses ashes, the legend of a princess shall always live.