Princess Diana who truly captured our hearts through her many philanthropic activities, her role as a mum, her chic fashions, and her nontraditional approach to royalty

Princess Diana who truly captured our hearts through her many philanthropic activities, her role as a mum, her chic fashions, and her nontraditional approach to royalty

We love seeing photos and hearing stories about Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, and their adorable kids! But it was Princess Diana who truly captured our hearts through her many philanthropic activities, her role as a mum, her chic fashions, and her nontraditional approach to royalty. And despite all we know about her public life, we were able to dig up a few little-known facts about our beloved princess.

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Prince Harry and Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

1 She was homeschooled until age 9.

At the time, it was common for upper-class children to be taught at home by a tutor. After her parents’ divorce, Diana attended Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk, where her family resided. At 12, she was sent to an exclusive boarding school, the West Heath School.

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Diana was homeschooled until age 9 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

2 She was not a strong student.

After failing two exams, she left the West Heath School when she was 16. Her father enrolled her in a Swedish finishing school but she insisted on returning home.

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Diana was not a strong student Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

3 She was a kindergarten teacher.

After leaving finishing school in Sweden, Diana worked part-time as a cleaning woman and babysitter before finding a job at the Young England School.

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Princess Diana was a kindergarten teacher Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

4 She wanted to be a ballerina.

She studied ballet as a child, but became too tall to continue to excel. But her love of classical dance led her to become a big supporter of the English National Ballet until her death. Here, she greets ballerinas at the Royal Albert Hall before a performance of Swan Lake.

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Princess Diana wanted to be a ballerina Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

5 Her grandmother, Ruth Fermoy, was lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother.

Lady Fermoy served the Royal family for nearly 40 years. She was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and many assumed the two encouraged the marriage of their grandchildren. However, they denied this and it was reported that Diana was not on speaking terms with Lady Fermoy, who died in 1993.

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Princess Diana grandmother, Ruth Fermoy, was lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

6 Her sister dated Prince Charles first.

While Lady Sarah Spencer and Prince Charles were seeing each other, Diana met the Prince at a family gathering. She was 16.

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Princess Diana sister dated Prince Charles first Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

7 She became engaged to Prince Charles at age 19 and married him at age 20.

The Prince, who was 12 years her senior, was under increasing pressure to find a bride.

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Diana became engaged to Prince Charles at age 19 and married him at age 20 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

8 She selected her engagement ring from a catalog.

Although royal engagement rings are usually custom made, Diana selected hers from the Garrard jewelry collection catalog. The ring, which consists of 14 solitaire diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire set in white gold, now belongs to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Middleton.

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Princess Diana selected her engagement ring from a catalog Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

9 The heavy, 25-foot silk train on her wedding dress is the longest in Royal history.

The dress was decorated with sequins, embroidery, and 10,000 pearls. Diana had several practice sessions walking in it.

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The heavy, 25-foot silk train on her wedding dress is the longest in Royal history Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

10 She chose to abandon the royal wedding vow tradition of saying she would “obey” Prince Charles.

Three decades later, William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge followed Princess Di’s lead.

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Princess Diana chose to abandon the royal wedding vow tradition of saying she would obey Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

11 Her favorite dessert was bread and butter pudding.

Her long-time personal chef, Darren McGrady, said the Princess would often enter the kitchen while he was making this dish and snack on the raisins off the top. You can find Diana’s favorite recipes, including this one, in McGrady’s book Eating Royally.

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Princess Diana favorite dessert was bread and butter pudding Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

12 She took her sons on outings not typical for royal children.

They ranged from Disney World and McDonald’s to AIDS clinics and homeless shelters. Here, the Princess rides a log flume with both boys at Thorpe Park in Chertsey, England.

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Princess Diana took her sons on outings not typical for royal children Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

13 Her favorite color was pink.

And she was often seen wearing outfits in all shades of the color.

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Princess Diana favorite color was pink Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

14 She bears a striking resemblance to her niece.

Lady Kitty, the daughter of Princess Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer, was most recently spotted at Milan Fashion Week.

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Diana bears a striking resemblance to her niece Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

15 She was also a devoted godmother.

Her goddaughter, Domenica Lawson, now 20, recently responded to comments by a British television star who criticized people with Down’s Syndrome. Here, Domenica attends the grand opening of The Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens in June 2000.

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Princess Diana was also a devoted godmother Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

16 She auctioned off 79 of her dresses, raising $5.76 million for AIDS and breast cancer charities.

Prince William actually suggested to his mother that she sell some of her dresses to raise money for charity. Christie’s New York held the auction just two months before Princess Diana’s death.

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She auctioned off 79 of her dresses, raising $5.76 million for AIDS and breast cancer charities Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

17 She’s buried on an island.

The island sits in the middle of Oval Lake on the grounds of Althorp Park, her family home. Originally, Diana was to be buried in the Spencer family vault of a church, but the plan was altered to find a more private location.

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Diana’s buried on an island Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Source: goodhousekeeping com

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