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Q U A L I T Y
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DIANA
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FWORD
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FROM MAJESTY?S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
UK PRESS/GETTY IMAGES
A
UGUST 2017 MARKS the 20th anniversary of the death of
Diana, Princess of Wales. The fact that so many people, her
sons included, have finally chosen to speak out about her is
testament to her legacy.
Twenty years ago, Majesty was reporting how the Princess was
enjoying herself with William and Harry in St Tropez as a guest of
Mohamed Al Fayed, having just completed the historic sale of her
dresses in New York. The trip to the south of France caused a great
deal of controversy because of Al Fayed?s alleged involvement with
the Tory ?cash for questions? saga, and some deemed him an unwise
choice for the Princess and her sons.
Diana was lambasted for accepting his considerable largesse: private
jets, helicopters, speedboats, yachts and a posse of bodyguards that
could not keep the paparazzi away. The media attention was such that
photographs of the Princess made headline news every day.
At the same time as Diana?s penultimate trip to France, the Prince
of Wales was hosting a party at Highgrove to mark the 21st birthday
of the Prince?s Trust and thank everyone concerned. The other issue
making news was whether the Prince and Mrs Parker Bowles should
be able to marry. Some 78 per cent of Majesty readers felt Camilla
deserved little sympathy and saw her as the ?other? woman who came
between the Princess and her chance of happiness with Charles.
The Queen had made it clear to friends that she understood Camilla
was in an unenviable position, but considered the idea of her marrying
her eldest son was out of the question. How things change.
That summer things moved with lightning speed and Diana broke
into her final summer holiday to visit Bosnia for three days to meet
people injured by landmines. This time she kept away from the
minefields and spent her time visiting the many victims. Her work led
to an international ban on the use of anti-personnel mines and in
December 1997 122 governments signed the treaty in Ottawa, Canada.
This is very much part of her legacy and something she would have
been extremely proud of.
William and Harry, her other main source of pride, have given only
two television interviews in which they talk about their mother, but as
part of the promotion of their Heads Together mental health campaign
they have revealed their feelings about losing a parent so suddenly and
so young. Harry has also spoken about how he sees the monarchy in
the future. His outpourings have been interpreted in many ways, but it
is certain that the reins of monarchy will be pulled in a very different
direction once William is King.
Of course, many of the traditions will remain in place, the annual
summer sojourn when the court moves to Balmoral being one of them.
Diana told me that it was William?s favourite place on earth because
he felt completely free there and at one with nature.
Diana attends a gala
dinner at London?s Tate
Gallery on 1 July 1997,
her 36th birthday
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VOLUME 38 NUMBER 8
AUGUST 2017
CONTENTS
06
12
INSIDE THIS
ISSUE
06
DIANA &
CATHERINE
The Princess, the Duchess
and the comparisons that
inevitably come with the
position, by Ingrid Seward
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22
22
ROYAL
CONFIDANTE
A fitting tribute to the late
Countess Mountbatten
of Burma, an old friend of
Majesty, by Ian Lloyd
THE GREAT
COMMUNICATOR
A collection of Diana,
Princess of Wales?s most
unforgettable quotes, as
compiled by Phil Dampier
28
ASCOT WEEK
Despite the changes in her
diary the Queen still got to
the races, says Joe Little
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THE DASHING
DUKE
An earlier Prince George
remembered on the 75th
anniversary of the plane
crash in which he died
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LASTING LEGACY
The remarkable work begun
by Diana, Princess of Wales
continues to bear fruit
more than 20 years later
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POINTS OF VIEW
Memories of Diana from
those who knew her well
or recognised the impact
she had on others
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TRAGIC
CIRCUMSTANCES
Ian Shapiro on the
appalling road accidents
that claimed so many
young royal lives
COURT & SOCIAL
Our monthly round-up
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world at work and play
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CATHERINE
AND
The late Princess of Wales and the future Princess of Wales: comparisons are
inevitable, says INGRID SEWARD, but there is no getting away from the fact that
they share an innate sense of style
A
LTHOUGH MORE THAN 20 years separate them,
there are at times remarkable similarities between the
late Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Not facially, but in the way they dress and present
themselves. Long-legged, athletic, tall and razor slim with
bouncy big hair, they both favour a bronzed look, but would
never go ?orange?.
They both like good tailoring, find coat dresses ideal for
royal engagements and favour some of the same designers,
such as Catherine Walker. The Duchess has been criticised
for not being bold enough with her fashions, but she dresses
the part to strike just the right note of benign neutrality. Like
everything she does it is considered and carefully chosen.
The camera loved Diana, who carried herself like fashion
model. So does Catherine ? with her long gait and great
posture she is the perfect clothes-horse for any kind of
fashion. Like Diana did before her, she buys colours that she
loves and knows how to co-ordinate bags and shoes and
blend old classic styles with the new.
Our royalty has always been expected to look its best in
public and dress in a traditional style, while at the same time
promoting ?Brand British?. Certainly, it was Diana who first
broke down the barriers of always having to be in a suit and
sensible shoes. She mixed high-street fashion with haute
couture and put a whole new spin on the royal wardrobe. She
said she was always happiest in jeans and a shirt, without
shoes and without make-up. We seldom see Catherine like
that, but when she dresses down with her hair slightly curled
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by the wind and humidity she too looks wonderful.
ABOVE: While in Malaysia in 2014 Catherine dresses in a remarkably
similar way to Diana in Pakistan some 18 years earlier
OPPOSITE, FROM TOP: The future Duchess at Sandhurst in 2006 for
William?s passing-out parade; the Princess at Sandringham in 1993
Diana attends the President of Turkey?s banquet at Claridge?s in July
1988; in May 2012 Catherine arrives at the Royal Albert Hall
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Both ladies have the pick of the royal
jewel pool and when Catherine attended
the diplomatic reception at Buckingham
Palace in December 2016 she chose the
romantic Cambridge Lover?s Knot tiara,
made by royal jewellers Garrard in 1914 to
Queen Mary?s personal design.
Queen Mary left the tiara to the Queen,
who despite its weight often wore it and in
1981 gave it as a wedding present to Diana.
The Princess wore it for the first time at
that year?s State Opening of Parliament.
Diana sometimes wore a lot of eye makeup but, blessed with the most extraordinary
honey-coloured pore-free skin, didn?t have
to worry about foundation. Catherine also
wears lots of eye make-up and uses
foundation to even out her skin tone. �
ABOVE: Pretty in pink, Diana attends an awards
ceremony at the Savoy in 1997; Catherine meets
guests at a garden party, 29 May 2012
RIGHT: Going for gold, the Princess attends a
banquet at the German Embassy in 1986; the
Duchess at a dinner in Kuala Lumpur in 2012
OPPOSITE: Polka dots for Diana at Royal Ascot
in 1988 and for Catherine on 3 July, the opening
day of Wimbledon 2017
The Princess?s red and white ensemble for a
polo match in 1986 was never seen again
Movie magic for Diana at Cannes Film Festival,
1987, and Catherine in Los Angeles, 2011
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Strapless sensations:
The Duchess of
Cambridge in black for
an awards ceremony at
the Imperial War Museum
in December 2011; Lady
Diana Spencer makes her
head-turning debut in
public at Goldsmiths? Hall
in March 1981
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Towards the end of her life Diana favoured
a more boyish look, with short gelled hair
highlighted with a profusion of blonde streaks
that suited her well. Catherine?s hair is pure
Hollywood: beautiful, carefully blow-dried
bouncy, long curls with the subtlest of paler
streaks running through.
Recently she had almost six inches cut off the
length, keeping it long enough to make the
chignons she favours. But this trim has given
Catherine a more modern look to go with bolder
outfits such as the Gucci mini dress, trimmed in
black and red, that she wore to the opening of
the V&A?s new exhibition space in June.
Diana loved to experiment with fashion ?
sometimes with disastrous results ? some may
remember her polka dot socks worn with a
skirt, and the one black and one red gloves
worn with a black and red flamenco-style
evening dress. Catherine is less cutting edge
and doesn?t seem to want to experiment in the
way that Diana did. She has found a look and
is sticking with it.
It is very smart and classic, and in my
opinion she never looks better than she does
in Alexander McQueen; the red coat dress she
wore for the river pageant during the Queen?s
Diamond Jubilee celebrations was wonderful,
as was the dusty pink at her sister?s wedding
and the white lace for Royal Ascot.
A great success for both royal ladies is the
staple outfit of many a glamorous woman?s
wardrobe ? black velvet. It is feminine,
practical and very chic. Although black is
considered a colour of mourning for the royal
family and rarely worn except for sombre
affairs such as Remembrance Day, Catherine
wore a stunning black McQueen evening
gown for a charity event at the Imperial War
Museum in 2011. Diana had worn a similar
dress in taffeta for her first formal black-tie
appearance with Prince Charles following the
announcement of her engagement.
Both dresses were made by the designers
who created their wedding gowns, Diana?s by
Elizabeth and David Emanuel, Catherine?s
by Alexander McQueen. Both were strapless
with sweetheart necklines topped by a ruffle,
although Diana?s ruffle was wider and more
elaborate.
Diana?s gown was controversial as she
almost popped out of it when she got out of
the car; apparently Prince Charles disapproved
of her wearing such a revealing neckline. This
was certainly not a concern for Catherine,
who has shown herself to be an astute follower
of earlier royal fashions.
Fashionistas and public alike consider the
similarity of the gowns to be the Duchess?s
M
homage to the late Princess.
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Countess Mountbatten with
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drawing room at Newhouse,
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OPPOSITE: Lady Louis
Mountbatten and her elder
daughter Patricia in 1925
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Royal
Confidante
Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who died
on 13 June, was much more than a royal
cousin and godmother. She was also a close
friend to the Queen and Prince Philip,
as IAN LLOYD explains
M
ISS PATRICIA EDWINA VICTORIA MOUNTBATTEN
was born on 14 February 1924. As the daughter of a
younger son of a marquess at that time she had no
courtesy title; there was, however, no mistaking her royal
pedigree: she was a first cousin of Prince Philip and a third cousin
of the Queen. The Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, was her
godfather. Like Prince Philip, she was a great-great-grandchild of
Queen Victoria through her second daughter, Princess Alice, who in
1862 married Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine.
As a girl Patricia and her younger sister Pamela stayed at the Neues
Palais in Darmstadt with their great-uncle Ernest, Grand Duke of
Hesse (Princess Alice?s only surviving son). His younger sister Alix
was the ill-fated Empress Alexandra of Russia, murdered with her
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husband and five children following the Russian Revolution.
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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR
LEFT: Patricia and
Pamela reach New York
in 1940 after a
transatlantic crossing
from war-torn Britain
Six years later the
sisters arrive at Mansion
House to see their father
receive the Freedom of
the City of London
Princess Elizabeth holds
her godson Michael-John,
second son of Lord and
Lady Brabourne, after
his christening at
Mersham in 1950
Lord Brabourne and his
bride leave Romsey
Abbey after their nuptials
in October 1946
On 18 November 1947,
two days before his
wedding, Lieutenant
Philip Mountbatten RN
attends the christening
of his godson Norton,
now 3rd Earl Mountbatten
of Burma, in Kent
Closer to home, Patricia spent a great deal of time with her
paternal grandmother, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford
Haven, who had an apartment at Kensington Palace. Born
Princess Victoria of Hesse in 1863, she insisted her family
treat her with due deference and once pointedly remarked:
?Patricia, dear child, you know all my other granddaughters
give me a little curtsey when they say ?good morning? or
?good night?.?
Later in life, the Countess said: ?our mutual grandmother
took a great interest in Philip. But they were both strongwilled individuals and sometimes they argued and sometimes
Philip was really quite rude.? After one such argument the
old lady shouted: ?Philip, go up to your room!? He refused
and ?our grandmother came out into the hall and actually had
to chase him up the stairs?.
As someone close to the Queen and Prince Philip, Patricia
was a much sought-after interviewee for books, newspaper
and magazine articles and television documentaries on the
royal couple. She was one of the few eyewitnesses who knew
them both nearly all their lives.
Patricia Mountbatten grew particularly close to Philip
after he moved to London from Germany in the mid-1930s.
?Prince Philip was always full of fun and mischief, in a nice
way. He was tall and handsome ? rather dashing. He was three
years older than me. My sister and I did not have a brother, so
he was the nearest thing.?
She was also aware of a less well-known side to him. ?He is
a more sensitive character than you would appreciate. He
had a tough childhood, and his life constrained him into
a hard exterior in order to survive.?
During the same years the Mountbatten sisters were ideal
playmates for the future Queen and her sister, since Patricia
was only two years older than Princess Elizabeth, and her
sibling Pamela, born in 1929, was just 12 months older than
Princess Margaret.
Patricia remembered Princess Elizabeth as a blonde, curlyhaired child, much like any other, but was well aware of the
special interest she generated in the assembled nannies and
governesses. ?She wasn?t just another friend of my parents.
She created a little flutter. It was also evident that the
Princess was being steeled to behave like a future monarch.
?She was brought up knowing she mustn?t cry in public,
which became a way of life. As a child she was told: ?If you
fall down, you don?t make a face?.?
The young Patricia witnessed royal history unfold. She
remembered Edward VIII coming to stay with her parents in
1936 bringing both Mr and Mrs Ernest Simpson with him.
She was aware of the effect that his abdication later that year
had on Princess Elizabeth and her parents: ?It totally altered
their lives. To begin with, the King would come home worried
and upset.? Aged 13, Patricia was a guest at George VI?s
coronation in May 1937 and nine years later she and her sister
joined the royal family on a dais in The Mall to witness the
Victory Parade that followed the end of the Second World War.
While still in their early teens Patricia and the Princess
joined a special Girl Guides unit set up at Buckingham Palace.
?Kingfisher Patrol? was led by the older Mountbatten sister
whom Elizabeth, her deputy, found ?quite fierce?. In contrast
Patricia said the Princess was ?nice, easy to deal with; you?d
want her as your best friend?.
By the end of the 1940s Patricia?s life mirrored that of her
royal cousins. All three had served in the war ? Prince Philip in
the Royal Navy, Princess Elizabeth with the ATS and Patricia
with the Women?s Royal Naval Service. In October 1946 she
married the 7th Lord Brabourne, a former Coldstream Guards
officer. Princess Elizabeth was a bridesmaid and Philip an
usher, and the intimate glances they gave each other were
picked up by journalists as a sign of a romance. The royal
suitors married the following year and will celebrate their
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father, Earl Mountbatten
of Burma, play with her
children on the beach
below Classiebawn Castle
in Co. Sligo, 1963
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OPPOSITE: The Countess,
Lord Brabourne and their
sons Philip, Norton and
Tim at St Paul?s Cathedral
after a memorial service
for her late father, son,
mother-in-law and Paul
Maxwell, December 1979
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Both couples produced a male heir within a year of marriage.
Norton Knatchbull (now 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma) was
born in October 1947 and Philip was one of his godfathers.
Prince Charles was born in November 1948 and Patricia was
a godmother. Following her death on 13 June, the Prince of
Wales penned an emotional tribute: ?I was deeply saddened
to learn of the death of my very special godmother, Lady
Mountbatten, whom I have known and loved ever since I can
first remember. She played an extremely important part in my
life and I shall miss her presence most dreadfully.?
The Countess remained a vociferous and loyal supporter
of the Prince, particularly following the breakdown of his
marriage when she felt he was unfairly maligned by a largely
pro-Diana media.
The couples often weekended together, Princess Elizabeth
and Prince Philip staying with the Brabournes at their home
in Mersham, Kent. The women sat in deckchairs watching
their husbands play cricket and Patricia recalled the royal
pair as ?very cosy and natural together?. The playwright No雔
Coward once dined with them at Mersham and found the
Princess very relaxed, ?easy and gay and ready to giggle?. The
visits lessened after Elizabeth became Queen.
Patricia gave royal biographers a valuable insight into the
struggles Prince Philip had to overcome in being accepted
by the palace old guard and the Establishment in general.
?He?s never been one to flatter. He was not the courtier
they were used to.?
Adjusting to his role as consort was never going to be easy.
?For a real action man that was very hard to begin with.? Part
of the problem was the wariness of courtiers of Earl
Mountbatten. ?My father was considered pink ? very
progressive. The worry was that Prince Philip would bring
into court modern ideas and make people uncomfortable.?
Patricia was one of the trusted inner circle to whom the
Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh could unburden
themselves. Frustration with the press has been a constant
theme over the years. Irritated with the prurient interest of
the media in the possibility he has had extra-marital flings,
Prince Philip once told his cousin: ?When I see the tabloids
I think I might as well have done it.?
Lady Mountbatten was one of the few who would stand up
to the Duke in arguments ? much to the Queen?s delight.
?I remember a big party at Balmoral,? Patricia revealed a few
years ago, ?a shooting party, when at dinner Philip and I had a
right ding-dong about South Africa. It was a terrific argument
and the Queen kept encouraging me. ?That?s right, Patricia,?
she said, ?you go at him, nobody ever goes at him?.?
On 27 August 1979 the lives of the Brabournes changed for
ever when a terrorist bomb exploded under a small fishing
boat carrying members of the family enjoying a day at sea off
the coast of Co. Sligo, Ireland. Earl Mountbatten was killed
outright along with Patricia?s 14-year-old son Nicholas and
Paul Maxwell, a local boy. Lord Brabourne?s mother died the
following day. Patricia and John were critically injured, as
was Nicholas?s twin, Timothy.
The Queen and Prince Philip were devastated. The
monarch called the hospital several times and the Duke, in a
sensitive gesture, wrote a detailed account of Nicholas?s
funeral for Patricia and John, who were unable to attend.
In his memoir, From A Clear Blue Sky, Tim Knatchbull
gives a moving account of the Queen?s solicitous behaviour
towards him and his sister Amanda when they stayed with her
at Balmoral with Patricia?s approval. The Queen ?shepherded
us into our rooms and started to unpack. She was in an
unstoppable mothering mode and I loved it?. The detailed
account gives another perspective to the royal isolation on the
Balmoral estate that was so unfairly criticised a generation
later in the aftermath of Diana, Princess of Wales?s death.
Speaking on Woman?s Hour about the early release of bombmaker Thomas McMahon in 1998, Countess Mountbatten
said: ?I didn?t feel that the 20 years he?d been sentenced to
was a day too long for the horror of killing old people and
children, but I did feel that if letting him go a year early was
going to advance the peace process, that was the thing that
really mattered ? that it was so desperately important to get
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When, in 2012, the Queen shook
hands with Martin McGuinness, a
former IRA commander who was
allegedly part of the terrorist group
at the time of the Mullaghmore
atrocity, Patricia?s attitude was
equally positive. ?She was absolutely
right to do that,? Lady Mountbatten
said. ?I very much approve of
anything that will bring about
peace. The whole point is to work
toward a peaceful solution.?
During these later years, Patricia
made rare appearances at largescale events such as the Queen and
Duke of Edinburgh?s Diamond
Wedding thanksgiving service, the
60th anniversary of VJ Day, and in
2011 the wedding of Prince William
to Catherine Middleton.
Poignantly, her last public
appearance with the Queen and
Prince Philip was in June 2016 when
Lady Mountbatten?s granddaughter
Alexandra Knatchbull married
Thomas Hooper at Romsey Abbey.
Due to the ill health of the bride?s
father (then Lord Brabourne), the
Prince of Wales gave her away. For
those present it was impossible not
to reflect on another wedding in the
abbey 70 years earlier, when three
cousins met to celebrate Patricia
and John Brabourne?s nuptials and
the world first realised that Princess
Elizabeth and Prince Philip were
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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:
Lady Mountbatten in
her garden at Mersham
in May 2004
The Countess and
Michael-John leave
Westminster Abbey after
the Queen and Prince
Philip?s Diamond Wedding
anniversary service on
19 November 2007
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The Prince of Wales
with Patricia and Pamela
for the unveiling of an
English Heritage blue
plaque at 2 Wilton
Crescent, Knightsbridge
Countess Mountbatten
and Lady Romsey join
the Queen and other
members of the royal
family on the balcony at
Buckingham Palace after
the 1987 Birthday Parade
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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh headed
a large royal gathering at Lady Mountbatten?s funeral
in a packed St Paul?s Knightsbridge on 27 June.
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the
Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence,
the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent, Prince
Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess
of Gloucester, Lady Sarah Chatto, Earl of St
Andrews, Lord Downpatrick and Lady Helen
Taylor and her husband Tim were also present.
In heavy rain, Patricia Mountbatten?s wicker casket
was carried into the church by a bearer party from
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia?s Canadian Light
Infantry. She was their colonel-in-chief for 33 years.
The hour-long service, conducted by the Reverend
Alan Gyle, was attended by the Countess?s six
surviving children, her 22 grandchildren, her sister
Lady Pamela Hicks (pictured left) and other members
of the family, some of whom gave readings.
In his address, Prince Charles shared his fond
memories of his godmother and the fun he always
had when staying at her Mersham home. To much
amusement he recalled the morning the breakfast
table collapsed as they sat around it, and on another
occasion the curtains in his bedroom falling off the
wall when he drew them.
Timothy Knatchbull gave a very moving address,
particularly when describing the aftermath of the
IRA atrocity that affected his family so deeply.
Afterwards a reception took place across the road
at the Berkeley Hotel at which, most appropriately,
Battenberg cake was served.
At her request, Countess Mountbatten was laid to
rest with her beloved husband John Brabourne in
Kent the following day, with a picture of Nicky, their
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The Princess of Wales
attends the premiere of
the film Rambling Rose
in London, October 1991
OPPOSITE: Just weeks
before her wedding,
Lady Diana Spencer
leaves an event at the
Royal Academy of Arts
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JOE LITTLE
THE GREAT
COMMUNICATOR
In his just-published collection of Diana, Princess of Wales?s most memorable
quotes, veteran royal reporter PHIL DAMPIER reveals the heart and soul of
a woman still missed by millions around the world
D
IANA ONCE TOLD friends she had a brain ?the
size of a pea? and famously left school at 16 having
failed her O-levels twice. But if the late Princess of
Wales wasn?t an intellectual, she was undoubtedly
a great communicator, capable of charming presidents and
prime ministers yet just as happy chatting to the homeless
or the thousands of ordinary people she met on walkabouts.
As a royal reporter for a best-selling tabloid newspaper at
the height of Diana?s fame, I witnessed her extraordinary
ability to put people at ease all around the world. She often
used her beauty and cheeky sense of humour on us ? the
so-called ?Rat Pack? following her every move.
?Not sure about that tie?, she might quip, and on spying
me wearing a pair of shorts and floral shirt on a hot day in
Rio beside the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, she
told me: ?I see you?ve dressed for the occasion?.
To mark the 20th anniversary of her death, at the
tragically young age of 36, I have compiled the first-ever
collection of Diana?s best quotes, which give a fascinating
insight into her heart and soul.
No one will forget her sensational 1995 Panorama
interview in which she was asked if Mrs Parker Bowles
was a factor in the breakdown of her marriage and she
replied: ?Well, there were three of us in the marriage, so
it got a bit crowded.?
I?d love to be able to run
along a beach without a
policeman following me
? ?
TO FRIENDS
As a TV audience of millions watched in astonishment
she admitted to an affair with army officer James Hewitt,
saying: ?Yes, I adored him; yes I was in love with him.?
And then she revealed: ?I?d like to be a queen of people?s
hearts, in people?s hearts, but I don?t see myself being
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queen of this country.?
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PICTURES: JOE LITTLE
A couple of years earlier, as she separated from the
Prince of Wales, Diana recorded a series of interviews
with voice coach Peter Settelen. ?From now on, I am
going to own myself and be true to myself,? she told him.
?I no longer want to live someone else?s idea of what
and who I should be. I am going to be me.?
That last sentence gave me the title of the book, and in
it I try to show Diana in the round, with all her amazing
strengths but also her flaws and foibles.
Her self-deprecating wit was never far from the
surface and 18 months before her marriage she told her
former nanny Mary Clarke: ?The love of my life is to
dance and sing, but I have an awful voice and I?m like an
elephant when I dance, so no one watches me.?
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I live for my sons ? I would
be lost without them
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TO FRIENDS, 1994
Writing to a fan about her sapphire and diamond
engagement ring, she joked: ?I can?t get used to wearing
it yet. The other day I even scratched my nose with it
because it?s so big ? the ring I mean.?
And there was even a touch of Prince Philip about
her when, in a less politically-correct age, she told an
Australian man with one arm: ?I bet you have fun chasing
the soap around the bath!?
Pitched into the royal spotlight aged just 20 ? and
seemingly with little help from her new family or
courtiers ? it?s little wonder she told a friend just a few
months into her marriage: ?I sometimes wonder what on
earth I have got myself into. I feel so small, lonely and
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The Princess of Wales and
Prince Harry at Clarence
House on 4 August 1992 for
a lunch to mark the Queen
Mother?s 92nd birthday
OPPOSITE, FROM TOP LEFT:
Diana visits Great Ormond
Street Hospital for Sick
Children in December 1982
The Princess in Portsmouth
in October 1992 to receive
the freedom of the city
Diana meets members
of the public after opening
the Wolfson Medical
Rehabilitation Centre in
southwest London
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ABOVE: The Princess of Wales attends a London City Ballet
gala evening at Spencer House, 6 May 1992
ABOVE RIGHT: Diana arrives at the Royal Albert Hall in June
1997 for an English National Ballet performance of Swan Lake
She expected royal life to be ?thirty per cent fantastic,
seventy per cent sheer slog?.
Soon she was commenting on public engagements:
?Imagine having to go to a wedding every day of your
life ? as the bride. Well, that?s a bit what it?s like.?
?No one helped me learn the ropes ? I was just
pushed into the fire.?
There is plenty of light relief in the book, as Diana says
of her friend George Michael: ?He?s gay ? what a waste!?
On supermodel Naomi Campbell: ?That girl is truly
beautiful. She is so exotic and glamorous that an old
black bin-liner would look good on her.?
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I admire her. I long to get
inside her mind and talk to her
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ON THE QUEEN
And when a royal corgi licked her leg, she barked:
?Get it out of here, it?s licking all my tan off!?
Diana?s devotion to her boys shines through, and
after taking William on his first walkabout in Cardiff,
when he was just eight, she told an aide: ?You know, it?s
strange. Every mother in the country is warning her
children not to talk to strangers and here?s me telling
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mine that?s exactly what they have to do!?
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Ascot Week
June is always a busy month for the Queen and members of her
family; this year it became something of a challenge for the monarch
and her courtiers. By JOE LITTLE
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OYAL ASCOT, we are told, is the first
thing to be pencilled into the Queen?s
diary each year, so important is it to Her
Majesty. There would therefore have
been a degree of regal consternation when, as a
consequence of the chaos that followed the
British general election, it became clear that our
diligent head of state would be required to open
Parliament on the second day of her favourite
race meeting.
Tradition has it that the Monday of Ascot Week
is Garter Day, when the Queen invests any new
Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in
the Throne Room at Windsor Castle. She and the
Duke of Edinburgh then give a rather grand
lunch and afterwards they all process down the
hill on foot in heavy velvet robes and plumed hats
to a service at St George?s Chapel.
Not this year. In the spring, it was announced
that Garter Day had been cancelled to make way
for a scaled-down State Opening of Parliament:
no carriage processions, a much-reduced military
presence (it was just two days after the Queen?s
Birthday Parade, or Trooping the Colour) and,
most disappointing of all, the monarch in day
dress rather than robes and crown for only the
second time in her 65-year reign.
Given that she sets great store by tradition, it
seems likely that the Queen was not best pleased.
However, things went from bad to worse when
the State Opening had to be delayed by 48 hours
to give the Prime Minister, Theresa May, time to
set up the uneasy alliance between Conservatives
and Democratic Unionists and finalise the
drafting of the Queen?s Speech.
Her Majesty?s reaction to this development
remains a mystery, but she made the most of the
day off and went for a ride on her Fell pony in the
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Home Park at Windsor.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The Queen and Prince Philip
arrive in the paddock on the first day of Royal Ascot
An impressive sight as the carriage procession makes
its way through Windsor Great Park to the racecourse
Racehorse owners the Prince of Wales and Duchess of
Cornwall had one (unsuccessful) runner that week
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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:
The Queen, having opened
Parliament that morning,
looks forward to an
afternoon of racing
The Duchess of
Gloucester and Princess
Michael of Kent travel in
the carriage procession
on the second day
The Duchess of
Cambridge, in Alexander
McQueen white lace,
with her mother Carole
Middleton in the paddock
Lady Gabriella Windsor,
elegant in yellow, and her
boyfriend Tom Kingston
The Princess Royal gets
a warm welcome from
her daughter Zara Tindall
when they meet at the
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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:
The Countess of Wessex?s
amazing peddlestraw
boater with silk abaca
roses is a bespoke
creation from Jane Taylor,
her favourite milliner
Princesses Beatrice
and Eugenie, seen here
on Ladies? Day, made
several appearances at
Royal Ascot this year
Mike Tindall, who as an
owner knows a thing or
two about horseracing,
with stylish Zara
The Princess Royal in
the carriage procession
on the third day of the
royal meeting
The Queen, wearing a
bright pink Angela Kelly
coat and matching hat
on Ladies? Day, is
accompanied by the
Duke of York
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The opening day of the 2017 royal meeting could not
have been better. The sun shone, the temperature soared
and the carriage procession down the course from the
Golden Gates to the paddock once again demonstrated that
in Britain we know how to put on a good show.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by
the Duke of York and Lord Vestey, Master of the Horse, in
the first carriage, pulled by four Windsor Greys.
They were followed in the second carriage by the Prince
of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, with Princesses
Beatrice and Eugenie, and then came the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge with the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Peter and Autumn Phillips, with Lord Fellowes and Lady
Jane Fellowes, sister of Diana, Princess of Wales, brought
up the rear. With more members of the family in the Royal
Enclosure and everyone in their finery it resembled the
Ascot scene in My Fair Lady.
The next morning Buckingham Palace announced
that Prince Charles would accompany his mother to
Parliament. The Duke of Edinburgh, it transpired,
had been admitted to King Edward VII?s Hospital in
central London the previous evening ?as a precautionary
measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a preexisting condition?.
The Queen was being kept informed, the statement
continued, and would attend Royal Ascot that afternoon
as arranged. Which indeed she did. The low-key State
Opening meant that the occasion was shorter in duration
and no sooner had Her Majesty arrived back at the palace
than she was in a helicopter bound for Windsor.
Lunch went ahead as planned, which would have pleased
the Queen?s dine-and-sleep guests, and she had time to
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Very much business as usual, the one exception was that
her spouse was not at her side for the carriage procession.
Once again the Prince of Wales took his father?s place, but he
was unable to linger at the racecourse because he was to visit
Finsbury Park Mosque later that afternoon in the aftermath
of the terrorist atrocity two days earlier. At relatively short
notice the heir to the throne?s day proved busy and varied.
Also in the carriage procession on day two were the Duke
and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of
Kent and Princess Alexandra. As was the case all week, other
members of the royal family were already at the racecourse,
lunching with friends.
After two nights in hospital Prince Philip returned to
Windsor Castle for rest and relaxation, which meant that he
was not seen again at Royal Ascot that week. He was, however,
spotted carriage driving a few days later!
Thereafter there was a reduced royal presence in the final
three carriage processions, the monarch instead honouring
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members of her house party, most of whom were old friends
with equestrian connections.
Although the Queen had several runners ? including the
often-successful Dartmouth ? a win eluded Her Majesty this
year. That, of course, would not have lessened her enjoyment
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ABOVE: The Queen, in the paddock on the Friday of Ascot Week,
is relaxed, animated and amused
OPPOSITE: As the royal meeting draws to a close Her Majesty
presents the Global Sprint Challenge Cup to Ryan Moore
On the Saturday Princess Beatrice teams an Amanda Wakeley
dress with a black straw beret
Princess Eugenie, with long-term beau Jack Brooksbank, waits
for her grandmother to pass by in her landau on day four
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Seventy-five years after the death of Prince George, Duke of Kent, IAN LLOYD
examines the complex life and tragic demise of the Queen?s uncle
P
RINCE GEORGE WAS one of the 20th century?s
most colourful royal figures. Famed for his good
looks, his marriage to the equally attractive
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and his
death on active service, he remains an intriguing figure.
He was born on 20 December 1902 at York Cottage on
the Sandringham estate, the fifth child of the Prince and
Princess of Wales, later King George V and Queen Mary.
A younger brother, Prince John, was born three years
later. The baby Prince was baptised George Edward
Alexander Edmund by the Bishop of Oxford in the
private chapel at Windsor Castle on 26 January 1903.
His godparents included his grandparents King
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and his great-aunt,
the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia. The
Times reported that breaking with tradition ordinary
water was used instead of water from the River Jordan.
Life very much focused around York Cottage, the
Waleses? rather depressing villa where George and his
siblings were looked after in the day and night nurseries
by their devoted nanny, ?Lalla? Bill. This is also where
George?s education began under a private tutor until he
was old enough to be sent to St Peter?s Court preparatory
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Here the Prince bucked the dismal academic trend of
his elder brothers and received glowing reports. ?It is
a joy to teach such a child,? wrote the headmaster to the
surprised Prince of Wales, who promptly visited the
school to thank him in person.
Aged eight, a kilted George attended his parents?
coronation in Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911.
Trusting courtiers allowed the four young Princes and
their sister Mary to share a carriage unsupervised by an
adult. An eyewitness recalled ?a free fight began to the
huge delight of the spectators in Whitehall ... Peace was
ultimately restored after about fifty yards of hullaballoo.?
Then, as now, service in the armed forces was the
usual career path for the monarch?s sons. George
followed in the footsteps of his brothers Edward, Prince
of Wales, and Prince Albert, becoming a naval cadet at
Osborne and then Dartmouth.
He hated it and would have preferred to work with
the Civil Service or Foreign Office, but the King refused
to countenance this. Eventually it was the Prince?s ill
health that forced the monarch to change his mind after
recurrent digestive problems blighted George?s career
with the Royal Navy. In 1929 he left the Senior Service
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and took up a position at the Foreign Office.
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Prince George poses for
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OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT:
Princes Henry, Albert,
George and Edward enjoy
country pursuits, c.1912
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ABOVE: Queen Mary with
the Duke and Duchess of
York and Prince George
at Balmoral, 1923
RIGHT: The Prince of
Wales and his brother in
Vancouver during a tour
of Canada in 1927
OPPOSITE, FROM TOP:
The newly-married Duke
and Duchess of Kent at
Buckingham Palace with
King George V and Queen
Mary, Prince and Princess
Nicholas of Greece and
Denmark, and bridesmaids
Princess Elizabeth and
Lady Mary Cambridge,
29 November 1934
King George VI and the
Duke of Kent attend
the funeral of the 2nd
Marquess of Milford
Haven in Bray, Berkshire,
April 1938
PRIVATE COLLECTION
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The move delighted Queen Mary; George was her favourite son and
she had tried unsuccessfully to intercede on his behalf with the King
when she realised just how troubled the Prince was in the Navy. Mother
and son shared a strong interest in the arts, often visited antique shops
together and collected porcelain figurines and Georgian silver.
Queen Mary was not the only member of the royal family to have
a strong bond with George. He and the Prince of Wales, known to his
family as David, grew close during the early 1930s despite their eightyear age gap. From January to April 1931 they undertook a royal tour
of South America. In London they shared York House, a large
apartment at St James?s Palace. They also shared a fondness for
dancing, partying, jazz and fun-loving women. ?We became more than
brothers ? we became close friends,? David later recalled.
George?s lovers included Poppy Baring (of the banking dynasty)
and Margaret Whigham, later Duchess of Argyll. There were rumoured
links with novelist Barbara Cartland and the actress, dancer and singer
Jessie Matthews.
The Prince had same-sex flings at a time when homosexuality was
illegal and an imprisonable offence. Among his lovers was No雔 Coward
and it is said the two men once walked through the streets of London
at night dressed as women, complete with make-up. The diplomat Sir
Robert Bruce Lockhart later revealed that the Prince narrowly avoided
scandal in 1932 when a Paris-based lover had to be bought off with a
large sum of money to stop him making letters from George public.
Another troubling liaison was with the socialite Alice ?Kiki? Preston,
a member of Kenya?s ?Happy Valley? set immortalised in the book and
film White Mischief. Kiki, dubbed ?the girl with the silver syringe?
thanks to her brazen drug-taking habit, introduced the Prince to
cocaine and heroin; so strong did his addiction become that David paid
for him to recuperate in a country house under nursing supervision.
To the relief of his family George fell in love with Princess Marina
and they married in Westminster Abbey on 29 November 1934. Two
future queens ? Elizabeth II and Juliana of the Netherlands ? were
among the bridesmaids. The previous month the King made his son
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Duke of Kent, a title previously held by Queen Victoria?s father.
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RIGHT:The Duke of Kent
inspects a US marine
corps guard of honour
on his arrival at a naval
air station in Norfolk,
Virginia, 1941
OPPOSITE: Prince Edward
and Princess Alexandra
with their parents and
Muff the family dog in
the garden at Coppins
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The wreckage of the
Sunderland Flying Boat
in Caithness, Scotland,
August 1942
The couple set up home at 3 Belgrave Square, which George,
given his artistic leaning, was responsible for decorating
throughout. After the death of the King?s sister Princess
Victoria in December 1935 the Kents inherited Coppins, her
country home near Iver in Buckinghamshire. Four years later,
they also inherited the contents of Princess Louise, Duchess of
Argyll?s 92-room apartment at Kensington Palace.
Marina gave birth to a son, Edward ? the present Duke
of Kent ? on 9 October 1935. The birth delighted the ailing
George V, who wrote in his diary shortly before his death at
Sandringham: ?saw my Kent grandson in his bath?.
The King died on 20 January 1936 and was succeeded by
David as Edward VIII, who by then was besotted with the
divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Unlike other
members of the royal family, the Kents quite liked Mrs
Simpson. They regularly spent weekends at Fort Belvedere,
David?s country home near Sunningdale, or at Coppins,
where the Duke was overseeing its restoration.
However, George was distraught that his brother was hellbent on marrying Wallis and was prepared to abdicate to do
so. He tried his utmost to persuade David to stay. The year
1936 ended with Prince Albert ascending the throne as King
George VI and with one bright note ? the birth to Marina of
a daughter, Princess Alexandra, on Christmas Day.
The new King appointed his brother Governor-General of
Australia. It was an inspired choice, and the attractive and
stylish royal couple would have been an undoubted success.
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Unfortunately, the plans had to be put on hold when, two
months before they were due to sail, Britain declared war
on Germany.
George returned to active military service with the rank of
rear admiral. His real passion was, however, aviation. He was
the first member of the royal family to cross the Atlantic by
air and he had also earned his pilot?s licence. In April 1940
he transferred to the Royal Air Force and carried out moraleboosting visits to RAF bases. Princess Marina, meanwhile,
became Commandant of the Women?s Royal Naval Service.
The Duke?s charisma made him ideal for certain special
missions overseas. In June 1940 he was asked to attend
ceremonies in Portugal to mark the 800th anniversary of the
nation?s independence. It was also an opportunity for him
to convey to the Portuguese government that Britain was
standing strong against German aggression.
The following summer, while on an official visit to Canada,
he extended the trip to include a 36-hour courtesy call on US
President Roosevelt at Hyde Park, the presidential retreat in
New York State. When the Kents? third child was born on
4 July 1942 George wrote to FDR: ?My wife and I would be
delighted if you would be godfather to our son. We should be
especially pleased as he was born on Independence Day.?
The Anglophile president was bowled over at the tribute,
and on the day of his christening FDR cabled to George: ?My
affectionate regards to Michael George Charles Franklin. I am
anxious to see him as soon as I can.?
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Prince Michael was only seven weeks old
when tragedy struck the family.
On 25 August the Duke of Kent and a flight
crew left Invergordon on a mission to inspect
air bases in Iceland. Their Sunderland
Flying Boat was following the coastline of
northeast Scotland in poor visibility when,
having turned inland from the village of
Berriedale, it crashed into a hillside.
Fourteen members of crew, including
Prince George, were killed as the full fuel
tank exploded on impact.
Only one person survived ? Andrew
Jack, the rear gunner. The Duke had
been thrown clear of the aircraft and
was not burned in the inferno. An
identity bracelet engraved with his
name and address confirmed it was the
King?s brother.
As with the death of Diana, Princess
of Wales in another tragic accident
more than half a century later, without
witnesses the crash gave rise to countless
rumours. It has been alleged at various times
that Hitler?s deputy Rudolf Hess was on
board; that Swedish banknotes were found,
suggesting the party was on a military
mission to Sweden; that a 16th passenger
was George?s male friend; that the crew was
drunk; and finally that George himself was
piloting the Sunderland when it crashed.
Certainly the loss of the King?s sibling
was a blow not only to his family but to the
nation as a whole, since George?s good looks
and charm had made him one of the most
popular members of the royal family.
The fact that the House of Windsor, like
families up and down the land, had suffered
a wartime bereavement helped unite Crown
and people and strengthened the resolve to
defeat Nazism.
President Roosevelt echoed the feelings of
many when writing to the widowed Duchess
of Kent: ?I am shocked beyond measure at
hearing of the tragic accident and I want
you to know that I feel the loss very deeply
and personally. He has given his life for his
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GETTY IMAGES
OPPOSITE: Princes William
and Harry present an
Inaugural Legacy Award to
11-year-old Jonathan Bryan
at a Diana Awards
ceremony at St James?s
Palace on 18 May
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Lasting Legacy
It may be 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales but the work she began
continues to make a difference to many lives today, says INGRID SEWARD
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OTHING GAVE DIANA, Princess of Wales greater
joy than trying to help the most vulnerable
members of society and she described it as being
?like a destiny?. Even as a teenager at her Kent
boarding school, West Heath, she said she enjoyed her weekly
visits to Darenth Park, a local psychiatric hospital, almost
more than anything else. Diana sat on the beds of the elderly
inmates and chatted to them as part of her school education.
?I visited old people once a week,? she later recalled. ?I
adored that. It was an introduction for bigger things.?
It was. Her early introduction to mental illness and her own
experiences gave her a unique insight into the problems of
others. They in turn saw their problems in hers and drew
strength from her courage. Because she also made the effort to
involve her sons, even taking them to serve breakfast to the
homeless, they inherited her easy-going manner. They are never
patronising or false and like their late mother gravitate naturally
to the most vulnerable without being directed to them.
Diana thought long and hard before she decided to cut back
on her considerable charity commitments and asked to see
the financial accounts of each one. When she discovered how
much money was going on what they called administration,
she was very upset and consequently removed her name from
many, but it never lessened her determination to do all she
could to help those in need.
She was forever on the lookout for new projects that might
benefit from the kind of involvement she was prepared to give.
Her attention was caught by child abuse and forced prostitution
in Asia after she had watched a television programme showing
how little children were all but being kidnapped and made to
sell themselves for sex. She wanted to do everything she could
to eradicate this wicked exploitation taking place in India,
Pakistan and, most prevalently, in Thailand.
It was one of her final wishes. She didn?t know how she was
going to do it and hadn?t got as far as formulating a plan, but
she would have found a way, of that I have no doubt. She told
me she had an idea to form a committee of influential
international women who together would be able to bring
attention to whatever plight they chose to concentrate on. She
planned to have the wives of presidents, prime ministers and
ambassadors under her wing, as well as media executives,
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LEFT: Diana, Princess of
Wales wears protective
body armour and a visor
to visit a minefield being
cleared in Huambo,
Angola, January 1997
FAR LEFT: Prince Harry
inspects the work of the
charity Halo Trust in
Mozambique in 2010
BELOW: The Princess is
charmed by an elderly
resident of the Lord Gage
Centre in Newham, east
London, September 1990
Under the watchful eye
of his mother, Prince
William undertakes his
first official engagement
? a visit to Cardiff on
St David?s Day 1991 �
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When Diana put her mind to something,
nothing was allowed to stand in her way. As she
said, ?because I?ve been given the gift to shine a
light into the dark corners of the world and get
the media to follow me there, I have to use it.?
And use it she did ? both drawing attention to
a problem and, in a very practical way, applying
her incredible healing gifts to the victims. In her
fight against landmines she did exactly that.
If anyone ever doubted her heartfelt concern for
the welfare of others, this cause must surely have
dispelled it. It needed someone of her fame and
celebrity to bring the matter to the world?s
attention and the work required an immense
amount of personal bravery. She faced physical
peril when she walked through the minefields and
endured governmental ridicule, but Diana would
have seen the campaign to get landmines banned
as her greatest legacy. Prince Harry now supports
the charity Halo Trust, pursuing his mother?s
fervent wish to rid the world of landmines.
It is her sons who are carrying on with her work
and they see it as their destiny too.
?I intuitively know what my mother would like
me to do and want to progress with the work
she couldn?t complete,? Harry has said. He also
admits he has inherited his mother?s impatience
and is always in a hurry to get things done.
?Sometimes I can have too much passion,? he
explains. ?It has got me into trouble in the past,
partly because I can?t stand the idea of people
mincing around the subject rather than just
getting on with it.?
William agrees. He too is anxious to preserve
his mother?s memory and recently spoke about
the anguish they went through when she died.
?I was in a state of shock for many years,? he
revealed. ?I am not looking forward to it [the
20th anniversary] but I am in a better place
about it than I have been for a long time, where
I can talk about her more honestly and I can
remember her better. It has taken me almost 20
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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:
The incredible display of
floral tributes outside
Kensington Palace in
the days following the
Princess?s death
Prince Harry looks at a
photograph of his mother
while visiting The Running
Charity in northwest
London in January
Diana crouches for a
hug from a pupil of the
Swaminarayan School in
Neasden, June 1997
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?I still find it difficult now because at the time
it was so raw. And, it is not like most people?s
grief, because everyone else knows about it;
everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.
?It is a different situation for most people who
lose someone they love, it can be hidden away
or they can choose if they want to share their
story. I don?t have the choice. Everyone has
seen it all.?
When the Duke of Cambridge was interviewed
for GQ magazine he admitted he thought his
mother had been a little ?naive? and played into
the hands of some bad people in the media.
?This was a young woman with a high-profile
position, very vulnerable,? William says.
?Desperate to protect herself and her children
and I feel strongly there was no responsibility
taken by media executives, who should have
stepped in and asked: ?Morally, what we are
doing? Is this right? Is this fair; is this moral???
The Princes still regret that they were too
young to step in and help their mother. They
also feel she should have had more help herself.
But it is all in the past and the massive
outpouring of grief that surrounded her death
is a positive thing that they feel has changed the
British psyche for ever. This is why they knew
the time was right to launch their Heads
Together campaign on mental health and for
them to speak out about their own anguish.
?One thing I can always say about my mother
is that she smothered Harry and me with love.
Twenty years on I still feel the love she gave us
and that is testament to her massive heart and
her amazing ability to be a great mother.?
On what would have been Diana?s 56th
birthday on 1 July, the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince Harry joined her brother,
Earl Spencer, and sisters Sarah and Jane for a
service of rededication of their mother?s island
grave at Althorp. It was a private moment
without any outsiders present and something
they had waited a long time to do.
However hard Diana tried to take charge of
her own destiny, it was her membership of the
royal family that defined her. No matter how
hard she tried she was never able to break free.
The destiny of her children prevented that and
now they are determined that when the time
comes they will shape a more modern monarchy
as a tribute to their mother?s memory.
?We are involved in modernising the British
monarchy,? Harry says. ?We are not doing this for
ourselves, but for the greater good of the people.?
It is what Diana would have wanted. It is what
she unwittingly did herself. Until she came
along, female members of the British royal family
were expected to be well dressed, decorous,
demure and gracious. They were not allowed to
sully their hands and ordinary human emotion
had to be kept in check. To show pain, joy, grief
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or sadness was regarded as undignified.
OPPOSITE: Diana and
landmine victim Sandra
Tigica, 13, whom she
befriended at the
orthopaedic workshop at
Neves Mendinha during a
visit to Luanda, Angola,
in January 1997
ABOVE: Prince William
meets Sandra and her
family before Concert
for Diana, marking the
tenth anniversary of his
mother?s death, Wembley
Stadium, 30 June 2007
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RIGHT: Diana and her sons attend VJ
Day 50th anniversary commemorations
in central London, August 1995
Diana was having none of that.
She was a modern young woman
who reacted as her heart dictated,
not how custom demanded. If she
was happy, she laughed openly,
without embarrassment, and had a
warmth that charmed and captivated
everyone she met.
When she was unhappy, she
allowed her feelings to show and if
she saw anyone in physical distress
or in need of comfort, she did all
she could to provide it. She often
said ?time is in very short supply,
so you have to manage it as best
you can and make room for other
people, because without them we
are not living ? we are just existing?.
Sadly, her life was cut short, but
through her precious ?boys? ? and
the substantial achievements she
and they have already accomplished
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ABOVE: The Princess of Wales shakes
hands with a patient at Sitanala Leprosy
Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1989
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It was a pleasant and unhurried engagement.
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COMPETITION
K
ENSINGTON PALACE, a royal residence since the 17th century, has a
sensational new attraction ? an exhibition of some of Diana, Princess of Wales?s
best-known clothes. We?re adding another reason to visit it: a courtesy twonight stay at nearby No. 1 The Mansions by Mansley, serviced apartments
which provide exceptional comfort and facilities.
?Diana: Her Fashion Story?, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Princess?s death,
features an extraordinary collection of garments, including Victor Edelstein?s iconic ink
blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when she danced with John Travolta.
Kensington Palace is now the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and
Prince Harry. Its first royal residents were King William and Queen Mary in 1689. Architect
Sir Christopher Wren?s outstanding work there includes a plainly decorated staircase to
enable Queen Anne to walk down it gracefully.
The winner of our exclusive competition will stay in luxury too, at No. 1 The Mansions,
built in nearby Earl?s Court Road at the end of the 19th century. The accommodation offers
a variety of layouts, from studio apartments to a recently completed top-of-the-range fourbedroom suite. All apartments are elegant, spacious and individually designed with fullyequipped kitchens, complimentary wi-fi and digital television with foreign channels.
Kensington High Street is a short distance away, while Harrods and Knightsbridge are
also close by. Staff are on hand to arrange laundry or dry cleaning, book city tours and
theatre or sporting event tickets, and make restaurant reservations.
The Mansley Group also has luxury serviced apartments in London?s Mayfair, Edinburgh,
Inverness and Cheltenham, cultural capital of the Cotswolds.
Our winner will receive a two-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment at No. 1 The Mansions.
For more information or to make a reservation see www.bymansley.com. The prize must be taken
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?The Lost Palace? is a pioneering project commissioned by
Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible
for Banqueting House, in collaboration with award-winning
designers Chomko & Rosier, theatre-makers Uninvited
Guests and app-developers Calvium. The result is an
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?The Lost Palace? runs until 5 September during the day for
families, with adult lates every Tuesday to Friday throughout the run.
Tickets and further information: www.hrp.org.uk/thelostpalace.
HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES
HE LOST PALACE?, a truly immersive visitor
experience exploring the once magnificent
Whitehall Palace, is back by popular demand this
summer. Beginning at Banqueting House ? the
only surviving building of what was once the largest palace
in Europe ? visitors will take to the streets of modern-day
London SW1.
?The Lost Palace? is a unique combination of audio theatre,
interactive technology, live performance and architectural
street installations. Bespoke handheld devices using binaural
3D sound (a method of recording using two microphones)
and haptic technology guide visitors, young and old, on a
digital adventure to discover the hidden history of this longforgotten building.
For two centuries, the palace sprawled over the area now
known as Whitehall. Encompassing a staggering 1,500 rooms
spread over 23 acres, the Banqueting House was the jewel in
its crown. Significant, history-defining moments took place
there and visitors will experience some of the most exciting
and intriguing highlights from the palace?s past. Through
the magic of binaural sound, families and adults will be
immersed into the world of the Tudor and Stuart courts.
Visitors can choose between daytime family-friendly tours
or special evening lates for adults. Encounter Guy Fawkes
after his arrest for the Gunpowder Plot and before his transfer
to the Tower of London for torture and interrogation. Become
a player in the first performance of King Lear or eavesdrop on
the initial encounter between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
before their doomed love affair began. Enjoy the jousts that so
delighted Elizabeth I and follow in Charles I?s footsteps as he
walks through St James?s Park on his final journey to
Banqueting House for his execution.
HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES
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VIEW...
Diana left a lasting impression on all
she met. INGRID SEWARD recalls
some of her own royal encounters
and the thoughts of others who knew
and worked with the Princess
D
IANA, PRINCESS OF WALES was many
things to many people. Headstrong and
impulsive. Compassionate and practical.
Happy and sad. She was certainly not an
intellectual, but she was quick witted with a sense of
fun and an infectious giggle.
She developed from a gauche kindergarten teacher to
a stylish princess beloved for her fight against adversity.
She took her work seriously because it was important
to her, but she had the courage never to take herself
seriously despite her insecurities.
I first met Diana when, as editor of Majesty, I was
reporting on one of the Prince and Princess of Wales?s
foreign tours. It was ages ago, in the early Eighties, and
in those halcyon days of royal reporting the press were
invited to meet the people we were writing about ? in
this case Charles and Diana. I remember the Princess
turning to us in an arch kind of way and saying: ?You
might think you know everything about me, but I bet
you don?t know how many fillings I have.?
Of course, none of us knew everything about Diana
in those days, but it was a source of endless fascination
finding out. One of the reasons we discovered so much
about her was that she was too open-hearted to bottle
up her feelings. If a project caught her interest or a
suffering person her eye, she wanted to discuss it right
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Diana in conversation
with Meredith EtheringtonSmith at a private view of
her dresses at Christie?s
in London, June 1997
Above all, she had the gift for friendship: with ordinary
people, with extraordinary people and with people who
meant something to her. Diana was one of those people
who could compartmentalise their life. Sometimes these
compartments overlapped, but in her mind they always
remained separate, enabling her to switch between them
without one impinging on another. She knew what it was
like to feel real pain and real unhappiness ? that was a big
part of her allure ? but she liked to keep them separate.
When I last saw the Princess, in her Kensington Palace
apartment just a few weeks before her death, she assured me
that she was happy and had finally found a real purpose in
life. She admitted that there was a positive side to her unique
situation in that she could use her high profile to bring
attention to the causes she cared about, but there was also the
darker, negative side that she had to live with every day.
?No one understands what it is like to be me,? Diana said.
After all this time, she explained, it still upset her to read
untruths about herself and it was simply not in her nature
to ignore it. She told me of her love for Prince Charles and
explained that, despite all the rows and disagreements, they
had finally reached an understanding based on the deep
affection they still had for each other. She hated the public
perception that she had entered into a loveless marriage
and wanted to put the record straight.
?Charles did love me,? she said. ?If anyone could see the
letters he wrote at the beginning they would have known
that. On the day of the separation we both sat on the sofa
and cried.?
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Meredith Etherington-Smith ? former
editor, biographer and art critic. While
at Christie?s auction house in London
she worked with the Princess on her
international dress sale
THE FIRST TIME I met the Princess it was to discuss
putting on the sale of her dresses at Christie?s. I was asked
to go to Kensington Palace one sunny morning in
September 1996. I had never seen pictures of her without
any make-up, with just-washed hair and dressed in jeans
and a white T-shirt. She looked more vital, more beautiful,
than any photograph had ever managed to convey.
I think at that point the gem of an idea entered my
mind; that sometime, when I had got to know her better
and she trusted me, I would like to see photographs of the
?new? Princess Diana ? a modern woman unencumbered
by the protocol of royal dress. Eventually, this idea led to
putting together a set of pictures of this sea-change
Princess with Mario Testino.
I didn?t want her to wear jewels; I wanted virtually no
make-up and completely natural hair.
?But Meredith, I always have people to do my hair and
make-up,? she explained. ?Yes, but I think it is time for a
change ? I want Mario to capture your speed and electricity;
the real you and not the Princess.?
She laughed and agreed, but she did turn up at the shoot
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laden with her turquoise leather jewel boxes. We never
opened them. Hair and make-up took ten minutes, and
she came out of the dressing room looking breathtaking.
The pictures are famous now; they caused a sensation
at the time.
My favourite memory of Princess Diana is when I
brought the work prints round to Kensington Palace
for her to look at. She was so keen to see them that she
raced down the stairs and grabbed them. She went
silent for a moment or two as she looked at these vivid
radiant images. Then she turned to me and said: ?But
these are really me. I have been set free and these show
it. Don?t you think,? she asked me, ?that I look a bit like
Marilyn Monroe in some of them?? and laughed.
Mario Testino ? photographer
WHEN THE PHOTOGRAPHS of the Princess were
published in Vanity Fair they caused huge excitement.
Before the now famous photo shoot got under way
Mario Testino was a little in awe of his subject, he later
admitted. ?I was amazed by this person who, even
though she had everything, would go to feed the
homeless and visit sick children and AIDS victims.
?It was like a fairy tale. Who was she really? Why did
she do this? She was trying to find love. I wanted the
world to see her kindness, her humility: I think she
realised that would be her way.?
Richard Kay became friends with
Diana through his job as royal
correspondent of the Daily Mail.
They remained close until the end
OVER THE YEARS I saw her at her happiest and in her
darkest moments. There were moments of confusion
and despair when I believed Diana was being driven
almost to the point of destruction by the incredible
pressures made on her. She talked of being strengthened
by events and anyone could see how the bride of 20 had
grown into a mature woman, but I never found her
strong. She was as unsure of herself at the time of her death
as when I first met her and she wanted reassurance about the
role she was creating for herself.
In private she was a completely different person from the
manicured clothes-horse that the public?s insatiable
demand for icons had created. She was natural and witty
and did a wonderful impression of the Queen. This was the
person, she told me, that she would have been all the time
if she hadn?t married into the world?s most famous family.
What she hated most of all was being called ?manipulative?
and privately railed against those who used the word to
describe her. ?They don?t even know me,? she would say
bitterly, sitting cross-legged on the floor of her apartment in
Kensington Palace and pouring tea from a china pot.
It was this blindness, as she saw it, to what she really was
that led her to consider living in another country where
she hoped she would be understood. The idea first
emerged in her mind about three years before her death.
?I?ve got to find a place where I can have peace of mind,?
she said to me.
She considered France, because it was near enough to
stay in close touch with William and Harry. She thought of
America because ? naively, it must be said ? she saw it as a
country so brimming over with glittery people and
celebrities that she would be able to ?disappear?.
She also thought of South Africa, where her brother Charles
made a home, and even Australia because it was the furthest
place she could think of from the seat of her unhappiness. But
that would have separated her from her sons.
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Everyone said she would go anywhere, do anything to have
her picture taken, but in my view the truth was completely
different. A good day for her was one where her picture was
not taken and the paparazzi photographers did not pursue
her and clamber over her car.
?Why are they so obsessed with me?? she would ask me and
I tried to explain but never felt she fully understood.
Millions of women dreamed of changing places with her,
but the Princess that I knew yearned for the ordinary
humdrum routine of their lives.
?They don?t know how lucky they are,? she would say.
On that Saturday, just before she was joined by Dodi Fayed
for their last fateful dinner at the Ritz in Paris, she told me
how fed up she was being compared with Camilla.
?It?s all so meaningless,? she said.
She didn?t say, she never said, whether she thought Charles
and Camilla should marry. Then, knowing that as a
journalist I often work at weekends, she said to me: ?Unplug
your phone and get a good night?s sleep.?
Simone Simmons ? Diana?s healer
and friend
THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I did with Diana over the
four years I knew her well, when we met almost every day,
was to teach her how to heal. This enabled her to bring real
comfort to the hundreds of seriously ill people she met.
Nothing was too lowly or demanding for her to tackle.
She embraced people suffering from leprosy and AIDS. She
cuddled the wounded and the sick. Diana was so committed
to her work that she learned to channel her remarkable gift
as a healer to aid the afflicted.
It was while I was teaching her to meditate that I started to
train her to channel her energies towards those she was in
contact with. She picked this up quickly, and once she got
the knack of it used to practise on her sons, her friends and
the people she met through her charity work. She was a
tactile person and told me that when she was a child she
would always snuggle up to whoever was reading her a
bedtime story, as she liked the feeling of human contact.
On her visits to hospices and hospitals, she would hold the
people?s hands and look directly into their eyes so they could
feel her love and energy.
?Nothing gives me greater joy than trying to help the most
vulnerable members of society,? she explained. ?It is my one
goal in life ? a destiny.?
President Donald Trump
WHEN I MET HER, I remember being impressed with her
inner and outer radiance to the extent that I associate the
word with her name to this day. She was a joyful person, and
that?s one reason she was much admired and much loved
and is still missed. She had the special quality of being
radiantly personable. There was no way you could ever
diminish that aspect of her being.
Sir Richard Branson ? entrepreneur
and philanthropist
DIANA CERTAINLY WAS a special mother ? with William
and Harry she would holiday on our island, Necker in the
British Virgin Islands. She loved it there because by and
large she could pull up the drawbridge and frolic with her
kids away from photographers.
She was a very loyal friend. When British Airways tried
to drive Virgin out of business, I took them to court and
won a celebrated victory. Lord King, BA?s chairman at the
time, stepped down and later a handwritten note from
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It was just three words: ?Hurray! Love Diana.?
She also named one of our planes ?Lady in Red?. We took
a flight in ?Lady in Red? with Diana commentating from
the cockpit with William on her lap.
As we flew past Windsor Castle, his voice came over the
loudspeaker: ?On the right you have Grandma?s house!?
Everyone on the plane fell about laughing.
Sir Cliff Richard ? British rock and
roll singer, heart-throb of the 1950s
and 1960s, and the first pop star ever
to be knighted
I CAN?T SAY I got to know Diana well, but I did meet
her on many social and formal occasions and she was
always so charming and gracious. At a dinner at the home
of a mutual friend she was the first to volunteer to don the
rubber gloves and tackle the washing up.
When I was skiing in Lech in Austria the Princess and
the boys were staying in the same hotel. Somehow Diana
got to hear of the singalongs my party had in the hotel bar
as part of the apr鑣-ski and she asked me if I would mind
singing for her sons one evening. So, there I was rattling
off all my old Sixties hits, and there were William and
Harry trying hard to stifle yawns.
It was Harry who suddenly chirped up in the most regal
of voices: ?I say, do you know Great Balls of Fire?? I did of
course and that night Diana and the boys heard probably
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ABOVE: Diana with Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson in
December 1993 as she names an A340 Airbus ?Lady in Red?
BELOW: The Princess and singer Cliff Richard attend the
Federation Cup tennis tournament in Nottingham in 1991
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Since the invention of the motor car the royal houses of Europe and beyond have
had their share of road accidents. IAN SHAPIRO reports on some of the high-profile
and lesser-known fatalities
HE DEATH OF QUEEN ASTRID of the Belgians
in 1935 was both a national and personal loss. Born a
Princess of Sweden in 1905, with uncles reigning in
Denmark, Norway and Sweden, she was aware of her
elevated status. Astrid had a natural beauty and a presence that
came to the attention of the Duke of Brabant, later King
Leopold III of the Belgians. A brief romance led to their
marriage in 1926 and three children were born to the couple.
When King Albert I died in February 1934, following a
mountaineering accident, his son Leopold succeeded him; the
young King and Queen Astrid brought a great sense of style
to the monarchy. Eighteen months after ascending the throne
they embarked on a private family holiday to Switzerland. As
it came to an end the two older children were sent home ahead
of their parents (Albert was considered too young for the
holiday) and the royal couple could then enjoy country drives,
the King at the wheel of a Packard touring car.
On 29 August 1935, as the Queen consulted a map, the car left
the road near Lucerne, careered down a steep slope and slammed
into a tree. Astrid was thrown from the vehicle and died at the
scene of the accident. Leopold escaped with minor injuries.
There was a huge outpouring of grief throughout Belgium
and thousands lined the streets of Brussels on the day of the
Queen?s funeral. She was interred in the royal vault within the
Church of Our Lady of Laeken.
The car was sunk in the Vierwaldstattersee lake at the King?s
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Astrid?s memory was subsequently built at K黶snacht am Rigi.
The death of Princess Grace of Monaco in 1982 drew many
comparisons with Queen Astrid. Both were renowned for
their beauty, but of course Princess Grace would dominate
the headlines and fashion pages for far longer.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly first met Prince
Rainier at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. By this time she
was a celebrated actress and about to star in High Society
with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Prince Rainier was
captivated by her and later visited the United States, where
he proposed and she accepted. Her movie career was over,
but it was on the world stage that Princess Grace would star.
Their marriage in April 1956 at St Nicholas Cathedral in
Monte Carlo had a worldwide television audience.
Three children were born to the couple and the glamorous
family were often in the news. Grace supported charitable
causes covering the arts, children, theatre and the Red Cross.
On 13 September 1982, Princess Grace was at the wheel of
her 1971 Rover P6 3500 car. She suffered a minor stroke while
driving near Roc Agel, their country home on the C魌e d?Azur.
The car went down a mountain slope with her younger
daughter Princess Stephanie sitting alongside her.
Palace officials suggested that brake failure was the cause,
but this was later contradicted. Fifty-two-year-old Princess
Grace died from her injuries the next day. Princess Stephanie
was hospitalised and unable to attend the funeral in the
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Queen Astrid, mother of
three young children, was
only 29 when she died in
a Swiss motoring accident
OPPOSITE: King Albert II
attends a ceremony at
the lakeside memorial
in K黶snacht am Rigi
on 29 August 2010,
the 75th anniversary
of his mother?s death
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England in 1936 with his brother Asfaw Wossen and sister Tsahai
Viscount Trematon survived the crash in which he was injured but
later succumbed to complications arising from haemophilia
Again, a huge outpouring of grief followed. Prince Rainier
looked a broken man at the very public televised funeral,
which was attended by the Princess of Wales on her first solo
overseas trip.
In 1928 the British royal family was shocked by the death
of Rupert, Viscount Trematon, the only surviving son of the
Earl and Countess of Athlone. He was 20.
Born Prince Rupert of Teck at Claremont in Surrey in 1907,
it was soon obvious that he had inherited haemophilia. His
grandfather, the Duke of Albany, also died at a young age as
a result of the condition. Rupert was educated at Eton and
Trinity College, Cambridge, and brought up in a close family
environment.
In April 1928 he set off on a motoring holiday with two
friends, and while driving from Paris to Lyon his car hit a tree
and overturned. One of his companions was killed and Rupert,
his skull fractured, was hospitalised at Belleville-sur-Sa鬾e.
It appeared at first that his life was not threatened, but his
symptoms worsened and he died two weeks later. Another
young life cut short in tragic circumstances.
His parents were thousands of miles away because the Earl
of Athlone was serving as Governor General in South Africa,
where Rupert had spent many a happy holiday staying with
them. In her memoir, For My Grandchildren, Princess Alice
wrote: ?we suffered the greatest tragedy of our lives in the loss
of our only [surviving] son, my beloved Rupert?. She went on
to acknowledge the outpouring of sympathy and support
from so many in South Africa from all walks of life.
After a funeral service at St George?s Chapel, Windsor
Castle, attended by the King, Queen and members of the
royal family, Viscount Trematon was interred in the royal
vault there, but six months later was transferred to the newly
consecrated burial ground at Frogmore.
Prince Makonnen, second son of the future Emperor Haile
Selassie of Ethiopia, was born in 1923. He was created Duke
of Harar at the time of his parents? coronation in 1930 and
was long regarded as the favoured son.
When the Emperor was exiled to England in 1936 Prince
Makonnen attended St Christopher?s School in Bath, which
he revisited during Haile Selassie?s state visit to the United
Kingdom in 1954.
Makonnen married and had five sons, but a car accident in
1957 devastated his family and particularly the Emperor. He
was killed on the road from Debre Zeit to the resort of
Adama, east of Addis Ababa. In an official statement Haile
Selassie spoke of ?our deep sorrow on the loss of our beloved
son? aged only 33 years.
Crowds flocked from all over Ethiopia to the funeral at
Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, where he was buried
in the crypt. Prince Makonnen?s family endured tremendous
hardship and detention following the 1974 revolution, but
his widow eventually returned to live in Ethiopia.
The Russian Revolution in 1917 sounded the death knell
for the imperial family, the grand dukes and the Russian
aristocracy. The level of personal tragedy was immense and a
new society emerged with many in exile.
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, brother of Tsar
Nicholas II, had disappeared in 1918 near Perm, presumed
murdered by the Bolsheviks. He had a controversial love life,
eventually marrying Natasha Wulfert in Vienna in 1912. The
mother of his son, she divorced her first husband only after
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A Silver Wedding anniversary
portrait of Prince Rainier and
Princess Grace of Monaco
from 1981, the year before
her fatal car crash
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During the turmoil George was hidden by an English
governess in Petrograd and they escaped to Copenhagen
via Berlin. He was reunited with his mother in England
in April 1919 and was subsequently educated at Harrow.
Five years later, once Grand Duke Kyril had declared
himself Emperor, he gave courtesy titles to them.
Princess Natasha Brasova and Prince George Brasov now
had status.
Prince George was of course the grandson of Marie
Feodorovna, Dowager Empress of Russia, who met with
him and Natasha on a number of occasions. After her
death in 1928 Prince George inherited one sixth of the
proceeds following the sale of Hvidore, the estate in
Denmark to which the Dowager Empress had retired.
Now living in France with his mother, Prince George
completed his studies at the Sorbonne and in July 1931
planned a holiday with a friend. Travelling from Paris
to Cannes their car crashed into a tree, killing his
companion. Prince George, 21, died the following day
and was buried at Passy Cemetery in Paris.
Natasha Brasova lived until 1952 and was laid to rest
alongside her son.
Prince Nicholas was the younger son of Prince Paul of
Yugoslavia and the former Princess Olga of Greece and
Denmark. He was born in London in 1928 and his
parents were on friendly terms with the British royal
family; his father would be a lifelong friend of Queen
Elizabeth the Queen Mother. His aunt Princess Marina
married the Duke of Kent in 1934, further cementing
family ties.
Nicky, as he was known, was Oxford educated and
often an escort for Princess Margaret. He never married
but featured regularly in the social pages and was wellknown in London society.
In 1954, aged 25, he was killed in an early-morning
car accident at Datchet, five miles from Coppins, the
Buckinghamshire home of Marina and his Kent cousins.
His funeral was held at the Serbian Orthodox Church
in London and he was buried in Iver churchyard, but
after his parents died he joined them at a public
cemetery in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, in 2012
the remains of all three were taken to Serbia and placed
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As an adult Nicholas retained his passion for motoring, but sadly
drowned in a ditch when his open-top sports car overturned
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patron, with Princess Margarita
of church services linked our
of Baden as vice-president, and
friendship. Dressed from head to
we had an inaugural service at
toe in black she presented a
the Russian Orthodox Cathedral
dramatic figure and, although in
in Ennismore Gardens. In later
repose looked somewhat severe,
years she was apt to nod off now
she was wonderfully relaxed with
and then. During a rather longa warm smile.
winded reading she did this
She introduced me to her father,
twice; all it took was a slight
but more interestingly to her
nudge and she was fully alert.
elderly aunt, Princess Andrew of
After three years of presenting
Greece, mother of Prince Philip.
certificates for Tower Hamlets?
No doubt because of her deafness
?London in Bloom? competition,
the Princess studied one?s face
Princess Alice, Duchess of
intently; being a teenager, I was
Gloucester at 93 retired. When I
fascinated by the liver spots that
asked Lady Mountbatten if she
were prominent on her face.
would make the presentations
Three years later I met Lady
she readily agreed.
Brabourne again, at a private
On the appointed day I walked
memorial service for Nada,
to the local market to collect a
Marchioness of Milford Haven,
bouquet that two children were
at the Chapel Royal, St James?s
to present to her. To my surprise
Palace. Being of a democratic
I spotted her looking at the
nature, she sat with the general
produce on display, so I hurried
congregation in the body of the
back to tell the mayor to be ready
chapel, unlike Princess Marina,
in case she arrived early. Not
who was in solitary state in the
having a car that day, she had
Royal Closet looking down on
travelled to Bethnal Green on the
the proceedings.
Underground.
We talked about Lady Tatiana
After the ceremony I drove her
Mountbatten, Nada?s daughter,
to her house in Montpelier Walk.
and wondered if she would
Driving along The Mall I was
return to London after 15 years
aware that she had dropped off,
of living in the south of France.
her head leaning towards my
Countess Mountbatten of Burma attends a Second World
During my years as a student
shoulder. Just as we reached
War commemoration in Dorchester, Dorset, in 2006
Lady Mountbatten and I would
the Queen Victoria Memorial a
correspond from time to time; no
policeman stopped our progress.
question was too trivial for her to answer especially when riding in a tank.
Within seconds a royal car passed by,
because she had a good knowledge of
When I returned to London after with Prince Philip seated in the rear
royal genealogy and was thorough in spending four years in Australia, Lady looking in our direction. I am not sure
her replies.
Brabourne, in spite of bringing up a that he saw us, but when I told Lady
Fast-forward to 1974, when we were family of seven children, would always Mountbatten her amused reply was:
present at the funeral of Lady Patricia answer letters ? or telephone if it was ?I expect he?s saying ?What the hell?s
Ramsay at St George?s Chapel.
more convenient. She loved to tell Patricia doing with her head on that
Lady Patricia was her namesake a story about the time she and Lord man?s shoulder?.?
and godmother, and Lady Brabourne Brabourne were staying in Sydney. She
As we first met in a church 57 years
mentioned that she was to succeed her as rang a small hotel in the New South ago, it is fitting that I said farewell at
Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia?s Wales outback, asking if they had a her funeral at St Paul?s Knightsbridge
Canadian Light Infantry. She held that double room available.
on 27 June, which was attended by the
office until increasing age made it
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Diana left a lasting impression on all
she met. INGRID SEWARD recalls
some of her own royal encounters
and the thoughts of others who knew
and worked with the Princess
D
IANA, PRINCESS OF WALES was many
things to many people. Headstrong and
impulsive. Compassionate and practical.
Happy and sad. She was certainly not an
intellectual, but she was quick witted with a sense of
fun and an infectious giggle.
She developed from a gauche kindergarten teacher to
a stylish princess beloved for her fight against adversity.
She took her work seriously because it was important
to her, but she had the courage never to take herself
seriously despite her insecurities.
I first met Diana when, as editor of Majesty, I was
reporting on one of the Prince and Princess of Wales?s
foreign tours. It was ages ago, in the early Eighties, and
in those halcyon days of royal reporting the press were
invited to meet the people we were writing about ? in
this case Charles and Diana. I remember the Princess
turning to us in an arch kind of way and saying: ?You
might think you know everything about me, but I bet
you don?t know how many fillings I have.?
Of course, none of us knew everything about Diana
in those days, but it was a source of endless fascination
finding out. One of the reasons we discovered so much
about her was that she was too open-hearted to bottle
up her feelings. If a project caught her interest or a
suffering person her eye, she wanted to discuss it right
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Diana in conversation
with Meredith EtheringtonSmith at a private view of
her dresses at Christie?s
in London, June 1997
Above all, she had the gift for friendship: with ordinary
people, with extraordinary people and with people who
meant something to her. Diana was one of those people
who could compartmentalise their life. Sometimes these
compartments overlapped, but in her mind they always
remained separate, enabling her to switch between them
without one impinging on another. She knew what it was
like to feel real pain and real unhappiness ? that was a big
part of her allure ? but she liked to keep them separate.
When I last saw the Princess, in her Kensington Palace
apartment just a few weeks before her death, she assured me
that she was happy and had finally found a real purpose in
life. She admitted that there was a positive side to her unique
situation in that she could use her high profile to bring
attention to the causes she cared about, but there was also the
darker, negative side that she had to live with every day.
?No one understands what it is like to be me,? Diana said.
After all this time, she explained, it still upset her to read
untruths about herself and it was simply not in her nature
to ignore it. She told me of her love for Prince Charles and
explained that, despite all the rows and disagreements, they
had finally reached an understanding based on the deep
affection they still had for each other. She hated the public
perception that she had entered into a loveless marriage
and wanted to put the record straight.
?Charles did love me,? she said. ?If anyone could see the
letters he wrote at the beginning they would have known
that. On the day of the separation we both sat on the sofa
and cried.?
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Meredith Etherington-Smith ? former
editor, biographer and art critic. While
at Christie?s auction house in London
she worked with the Princess on her
international dress sale
THE FIRST TIME I met the Princess it was to discuss
putting on the sale of her dresses at Christie?s. I was asked
to go to Kensington Palace one sunny morning in
September 1996. I had never seen pictures of her without
any make-up, with just-washed hair and dressed in jeans
and a white T-shirt. She looked more vital, more beautiful,
than any photograph had ever managed to convey.
I think at that point the gem of an idea entered my
mind; that sometime, when I had got to know her better
and she trusted me, I would like to see photographs of the
?new? Princess Diana ? a modern woman unencumbered
by the protocol of royal dress. Eventually, this idea led to
putting together a set of pictures of this sea-change
Princess with Mario Testino.
I didn?t want her to wear jewels; I wanted virtually no
make-up and completely natural hair.
?But Meredith, I always have people to do my hair and
make-up,? she explained. ?Yes, but I think it is time for a
change ? I want Mario to capture your speed and electricity;
the real you and not the Princess.?
She laughed and agreed, but she did turn up at the shoot
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laden with her turquoise leather jewel boxes. We never
opened them. Hair and make-up took ten minutes, and
she came out of the dressing room looking breathtaking.
The pictures are famous now; they caused a sensation
at the time.
My favourite memory of Princess Diana is when I
brought the work prints round to Kensington Palace
for her to look at. She was so keen to see them that she
raced down the stairs and grabbed them. She went
silent for a moment or two as she looked at these vivid
radiant images. Then she turned to me and said: ?But
these are really me. I have been set free and these show
it. Don?t you think,? she asked me, ?that I look a bit like
Marilyn Monroe in some of them?? and laughed.
Mario Testino ? photographer
WHEN THE PHOTOGRAPHS of the Princess were
published in Vanity Fair they caused huge excitement.
Before the now famous photo shoot got under way
Mario Testino was a little in awe of his subject, he later
admitted. ?I was amazed by this person who, even
though she had everything, would go to feed the
homeless and visit sick children and AIDS victims.
?It was like a fairy tale. Who was she really? Why did
she do this? She was trying to find love. I wanted the
world to see her kindness, her humility: I think she
realised that would be her way.?
Richard Kay became friends with
Diana through his job as royal
correspondent of the Daily Mail.
They remained close until the end
OVER THE YEARS I saw her at her happiest and in her
darkest moments. There were moments of confusion
and despair when I believed Diana was being driven
almost to the point of destruction by the incredible
pressures made on her. She talked of being strengthened
by events and anyone could see how the bride of 20 had
grown into a mature woman, but I never found her
strong. She was as unsure of herself at the time of her death
as when I first met her and she wanted reassurance about the
role she was creating for herself.
In private she was a completely different person from the
manicured clothes-horse that the public?s insatiable
demand for icons had created. She was natural and witty
and did a wonderful impression of the Queen. This was the
person, she told me, that she would have been all the time
if she hadn?t married into the world?s most famous family.
What she hated most of all was being called ?manipulative?
and privately railed against those who used the word to
describe her. ?They don?t even know me,? she would say
bitterly, sitting cross-legged on the floor of her apartment in
Kensington Palace and pouring tea from a china pot.
It was this blindness, as she saw it, to what she really was
that led her to consider living in another country where
she hoped she would be understood. The idea first
emerged in her mind about three years before her death.
?I?ve got to find a place where I can have peace of mind,?
she said to me.
She considered France, because it was near enough to
stay in close touch with William and Harry. She thought of
America because ? naively, it must be said ? she saw it as a
country so brimming over with glittery people and
celebrities that she would be able to ?disappear?.
She also thought of South Africa, where her brother Charles
made a home, and even Australia because it was the furthest
place she could think of from the seat of her unhappiness. But
that would have separated her from her sons.
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Everyone said she would go anywhere, do anything to have
her picture taken, but in my view the truth was completely
different. A good day for her was one where her picture was
not taken and the paparazzi photographers did not pursue
her and clamber over her car.
?Why are they so obsessed with me?? she would ask me and
I tried to explain but never felt she fully understood.
Millions of women dreamed of changing places with her,
but the Princess that I knew yearned for the ordinary
humdrum routine of their lives.
?They don?t know how lucky they are,? she would say.
On that Saturday, just before she was joined by Dodi Fayed
for their last fateful dinner at the Ritz in Paris, she told me
how fed up she was being compared with Camilla.
?It?s all so meaningless,? she said.
She didn?t say, she never said, whether she thought Charles
and Camilla should marry. Then, knowing that as a
journalist I often work at weekends, she said to me: ?Unplug
your phone and get a good night?s sleep.?
Simone Simmons ? Diana?s healer
and friend
THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I did with Diana over the
four years I knew her well, when we met almost every day,
was to teach her how to heal. This enabled her to bring real
comfort to the hundreds of seriously ill people she met.
Nothing was too lowly or demanding for her to tackle.
She embraced people suffering from leprosy and AIDS. She
cuddled the wounded and the sick. Diana was so committed
to her work that she learned to channel her remarkable gift
as a healer to aid the afflicted.
It was while I was teaching her to meditate that I started to
train her to channel her energies towards those she was in
contact with. She picked this up quickly, and once she got
the knack of it used to practise on her sons, her friends and
the people she met through her charity work. She was a
tactile person and told me that when she was a child she
would always snuggle up to whoever was reading her a
bedtime story, as she liked the feeling of human contact.
On her visits to hospices and hospitals, she would hold the
people?s hands and look directly into their eyes so they could
feel her love and energy.
?Nothing gives me greater joy than trying to help the most
vulnerable members of society,? she explained. ?It is my one
goal in life ? a destiny.?
President Donald Trump
WHEN I MET HER, I remember being impressed with her
inner and outer radiance to the extent that I associate the
word with her name to this day. She was a joyful person, and
that?s one reason she was much admired and much loved
and is still missed. She had the special quality of being
radiantly personable. There was no way you could ever
diminish that aspect of her being.
Sir Richard Branson ? entrepreneur
and philanthropist
DIANA CERTAINLY WAS a special mother ? with William
and Harry she would holiday on our island, Necker in the
British Virgin Islands. She loved it there because by and
large she could pull up the drawbridge and frolic with her
kids away from photographers.
She was a very loyal friend. When British Airways tried
to drive Virgin out of business, I took them to court and
won a celebrated victory. Lord King, BA?s chairman at the
time, stepped down and later a handwritten note from
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It was just three words: ?Hurray! Love Diana.?
She also named one of our planes ?Lady in Red?. We took
a flight in ?Lady in Red? with Diana commentating from
the cockpit with William on her lap.
As we flew past Windsor Castle, his voice came over the
loudspeaker: ?On the right you have Grandma?s house!?
Everyone on the plane fell about laughing.
Sir Cliff Richard ? British rock and
roll singer, heart-throb of the 1950s
and 1960s, and the first pop star ever
to be knighted
I CAN?T SAY I got to know Diana well, but I did meet
her on many social and formal occasions and she was
always so charming and gracious. At a dinner at the home
of a mutual friend she was the first to volunteer to don the
rubber gloves and tackle the washing up.
When I was skiing in Lech in Austria the Princess and
the boys were staying in the same hotel. Somehow Diana
got to hear of the singalongs my party had in the hotel bar
as part of the apr鑣-ski and she asked me if I would mind
singing for her sons one evening. So, there I was rattling
off all my old Sixties hits, and there were William and
Harry trying hard to stifle yawns.
It was Harry who suddenly chirped up in the most regal
of voices: ?I say, do you know Great Balls of Fire?? I did of
course and that night Diana and the boys heard probably
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ABOVE: Diana with Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson in
December 1993 as she names an A340 Airbus ?Lady in Red?
BELOW: The Princess and singer Cliff Richard attend the
Federation Cup tennis tournament in Nottingham in 1991
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Since the invention of the motor car the royal houses of Europe and beyond have
had their share of road accidents. IAN SHAPIRO reports on some of the high-profile
and lesser-known fatalities
HE DEATH OF QUEEN ASTRID of the Belgians
in 1935 was both a national and personal loss. Born a
Princess of Sweden in 1905, with uncles reigning in
Denmark, Norway and Sweden, she was aware of her
elevated status. Astrid had a natural beauty and a presence that
came to the attention of the Duke of Brabant, later King
Leopold III of the Belgians. A brief romance led to their
marriage in 1926 and three children were born to the couple.
When King Albert I died in February 1934, following a
mountaineering accident, his son Leopold succeeded him; the
young King and Queen Astrid brought a great sense of style
to the monarchy. Eighteen months after ascending the throne
they embarked on a private family holiday to Switzerland. As
it came to an end the two older children were sent home ahead
of their parents (Albert was considered too young for the
holiday) and the royal couple could then enjoy country drives,
the King at the wheel of a Packard touring car.
On 29 August 1935, as the Queen consulted a map, the car left
the road near Lucerne, careered down a steep slope and slammed
into a tree. Astrid was thrown from the vehicle and died at the
scene of the accident. Leopold escaped with minor injuries.
There was a huge outpouring of grief throughout Belgium
and thousands lined the streets of Brussels on the day of the
Queen?s funeral. She was interred in the royal vault within the
Church of Our Lady of Laeken.
The car was sunk in the Vierwaldstattersee lake at the King?s
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Astrid?s memory was subsequently built at K黶snacht am Rigi.
The death of Princess Grace of Monaco in 1982 drew many
comparisons with Queen Astrid. Both were renowned for
their beauty, but of course Princess Grace would dominate
the headlines and fashion pages for far longer.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly first met Prince
Rainier at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. By this time she
was a celebrated actress and about to star in High Society
with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Prince Rainier was
captivated by her and later visited the United States, where
he proposed and she accepted. Her movie career was over,
but it was on the world stage that Princess Grace would star.
Their marriage in April 1956 at St Nicholas Cathedral in
Monte Carlo had a worldwide television audience.
Three children were born to the couple and the glamorous
family were often in the news. Grace supported charitable
causes covering the arts, children, theatre and the Red Cross.
On 13 September 1982, Princess Grace was at the wheel of
her 1971 Rover P6 3500 car. She suffered a minor stroke while
driving near Roc Agel, their country home on the C魌e d?Azur.
The car went down a mountain slope with her younger
daughter Princess Stephanie sitting alongside her.
Palace officials suggested that brake failure was the cause,
but this was later contradicted. Fifty-two-year-old Princess
Grace died from her injuries the next day. Princess Stephanie
was hospitalised and unable to attend the funeral in the
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Queen Astrid, mother of
three young children, was
only 29 when she died in
a Swiss motoring accident
OPPOSITE: King Albert II
attends a ceremony at
the lakeside memorial
in K黶snacht am Rigi
on 29 August 2010,
the 75th anniversary
of his mother?s death
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England in 1936 with his brother Asfaw Wossen and sister Tsahai
Viscount Trematon survived the crash in which he was injured but
later succumbed to complications arising from haemophilia
Again, a huge outpouring of grief followed. Prince Rainier
looked a broken man at the very public televised funeral,
which was attended by the Princess of Wales on her first solo
overseas trip.
In 1928 the British royal family was shocked by the death
of Rupert, Viscount Trematon, the only surviving son of the
Earl and Countess of Athlone. He was 20.
Born Prince Rupert of Teck at Claremont in Surrey in 1907,
it was soon obvious that he had inherited haemophilia. His
grandfather, the Duke of Albany, also died at a young age as
a result of the condition. Rupert was educated at Eton and
Trinity College, Cambridge, and brought up in a close family
environment.
In April 1928 he set off on a motoring holiday with two
friends, and while driving from Paris to Lyon his car hit a tree
and overturned. One of his companions was killed and Rupert,
his skull fractured, was hospitalised at Belleville-sur-Sa鬾e.
It appeared at first that his life was not threatened, but his
symptoms worsened and he died two weeks later. Another
young life cut short in tragic circumstances.
His parents were thousands of miles away because the Earl
of Athlone was serving as Governor General in South Africa,
where Rupert had spent many a happy holiday staying with
them. In her memoir, For My Grandchildren, Princess Alice
wrote: ?we suffered the greatest tragedy of our lives in the loss
of our only [surviving] son, my beloved Rupert?. She went on
to acknowledge the outpouring of sympathy and support
from so many in South Africa from all walks of life.
After a funeral service at St George?s Chapel, Windsor
Castle, attended by the King, Queen and members of the
royal family, Viscount Trematon was interred in the royal
vault there, but six months later was transferred to the newly
consecrated burial ground at Frogmore.
Prince Makonnen, second son of the future Emperor Haile
Selassie of Ethiopia, was born in 1923. He was created Duke
of Harar at the time of his parents? coronation in 1930 and
was long regarded as the favoured son.
When the Emperor was exiled to England in 1936 Prince
Makonnen attended St Christopher?s School in Bath, which
he revisited during Haile Selassie?s state visit to the United
Kingdom in 1954.
Makonnen married and had five sons, but a car accident in
1957 devastated his family and particularly the Emperor. He
was killed on the road from Debre Zeit to the resort of
Adama, east of Addis Ababa. In an official statement Haile
Selassie spoke of ?our deep sorrow on the loss of our beloved
son? aged only 33 years.
Crowds flocked from all over Ethiopia to the funeral at
Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, where he was buried
in the crypt. Prince Makonnen?s family endured tremendous
hardship and detention following the 1974 revolution, but
his widow eventually returned to live in Ethiopia.
The Russian Revolution in 1917 sounded the death knell
for the imperial family, the grand dukes and the Russian
aristocracy. The level of personal tragedy was immense and a
new society emerged with many in exile.
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, brother of Tsar
Nicholas II, had disappeared in 1918 near Perm, presumed
murdered by the Bolsheviks. He had a controversial love life,
eventually marrying Natasha Wulfert in Vienna in 1912. The
mother of his son, she divorced her first husband only after
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the birth of George Mikhailovich in 1910.
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portrait of Prince Rainier and
Princess Grace of Monaco
from 1981, the year before
her fatal car crash
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During the turmoil George was hidden by an English
governess in Petrograd and they escaped to Copenhagen
via Berlin. He was reunited with his mother in England
in April 1919 and was subsequently educated at Harrow.
Five years later, once Grand Duke Kyril had declared
himself Emperor, he gave courtesy titles to them.
Princess Natasha Brasova and Prince George Brasov now
had status.
Prince George was of course the grandson of Marie
Feodorovna, Dowager Empress of Russia, who met with
him and Natasha on a number of occasions. After her
death in 1928 Prince George inherited one sixth of the
proceeds following the sale of Hvidore, the estate in
Denmark to which the Dowager Empress had retired.
Now living in France with his mother, Prince George
completed his studies at the Sorbonne and in July 1931
planned a holiday with a friend. Travelling from Paris
to Cannes their car crashed into a tree, killing his
companion. Prince George, 21, died the following day
and was buried at Passy Cemetery in Paris.
Natasha Brasova lived until 1952 and was laid to rest
alongside her son.
Prince Nicholas was the younger son of Prince Paul of
Yugoslavia and the former Princess Olga of Greece and
Denmark. He was born in London in 1928 and his
parents were on friendly terms with the British royal
family; his father would be a lifelong friend of Queen
Elizabeth the Queen Mother. His aunt Princess Marina
married the Duke of Kent in 1934, further cementing
family ties.
Nicky, as he was known, was Oxford educated and
often an escort for Princess Margaret. He never married
but featured regularly in the social pages and was wellknown in London society.
In 1954, aged 25, he was killed in an early-morning
car accident at Datchet, five miles from Coppins, the
Buckinghamshire home of Marina and his Kent cousins.
His funeral was held at the Serbian Orthodox Church
in London and he was buried in Iver churchyard, but
after his parents died he joined them at a public
cemetery in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, in 2012
the remains of all three were taken to Serbia and placed
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in the Oplenac family mausoleum in Topola.
As an adult Nicholas retained his passion for motoring, but sadly
drowned in a ditch when his open-top sports car overturned
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RIGHT: Two days after
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Her Majesty in Falkirk
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