Diana (Spencer) Mountbatten-Windsor
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Diana Frances (Spencer) Mountbatten-Windsor (1961 - 1997)

Diana Frances "Diana, Princess of Wales" Mountbatten-Windsor formerly Spencer
Born in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Sister of [private sister (1950s - unknown)], , and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Wife of [private husband (1940s - unknown)]
Died at age 36 in Hôspital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris XIII, Paris, Francemap
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Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. She was born on 1 July 1961, in Sandringham, Norfolk, the daughter of Edward, 8th Earl Spencer and Hon Frances Roche.


Diana's father Edward, 8th Earl Spencer, was almost exclusively English, apart from one branch, the Binghams, which had been present in County Mayo, Ireland, since the 1600s. Edward traced his ancestry to Charles II (via his son Henry Fitzroy, b.1663) and also Charles' younger brother James II (via his daughter Henrietta FitzJames, b.1667).

On the maternal side, Diana had a more varied ancestry. Her maternal grandmother Ruth Sylvia Gill, a trusted staff member of the British royal family for decades, was almost entirely Scottish going back many centuries. Diana's maternal grandfather, the Harvard-educated Edmond Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy, descended paternally from the Roche family of County Cork, Ireland, while his mother, Frances Eleanor Work (Diana's great-grandmother) was born and died in New York, of a family which had, for the most part, been present in North America since the 1600s.


Diana was to become one of the most famous women in the world. On 29 July 1981, at age 20, she married Charles and became the Princess of Wales. While married, her full title was Her Royal Highness The Princess Charles Philip Arthur George, Princess of Wales and Countess of Chester, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Baroness of Renfrew, Lady of the Isles, Princess of Scotland.


Princess Diana died on 31 August 1997, when she was fatally injured in a car crash in Paris, France. The enormous outpouring of grief, on a global scale [1], when her life was cut short was attributed to the love she showed people in desperate need, through her fearless work for those with AIDS and casualties of land mines (a United Nations initiative), as well as her charity work for cancer and leprosy, and her devotion to her children, William and Harry.

The WikiTree coding for Living Notables does not show spouses, which is why King Charles appears as 'private husband'.


  1. World Reaction to Diana's Death
  • Roberts, Gary B., and William A. Reitwiesner. American ancestors and cousins of the Princess of Wales: the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Virginia forebears, near relatives, and notable distant kinsmen, through her American great-grandmother, of Lady Diana Frances Spencer, now Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. Baltimore: Genealog. Publ. Co., 1984. Print.

See also:

  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1888/diana-princess_of_wales: accessed 30 October 2023), memorial page for Diana Princess of Wales (1 Jul 1961–31 Aug 1997), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1888, citing Spencer Estate Grounds, Althorp, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England; Maintained by Find a Grave.

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For anyone wishing to discuss or speculate about the genetics of the Spencer family (and Diana Spencer in particular), please would you create a new G2G post or join in with an established one. This will get more exposure on G2G. Any comments about this subject on this profile will be archived.

Many thanks, Jo, England Project Managed Profiles team coordinator

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
I have read that after her divorce, Diana lost the Style, Her Royal Highness but retained the Princess of Wales because she was still the mother of then second and third in line for the throne. From her father, the 8th Earl Spencer, she was entitled to the honorific, "Lady." Thus she was Lady Diana, Princess of Wales (born Spencer) at her death.

I believe the full name as you have it now is confusing and in need of improving. If I may suggest, Prefix;Lady, Proper first name; Diana , Preferred first name; left blank, Nick name; Princess Di, Middle name; Frances, Last name at birth; Spencer, Current last name; Princess of Wales, Other last name; of the House of Windsor.

posted by John Akard III
Yes. After the divorce, she was no longer Princess of Wales in right of her husband, to whom she no longer was married, but she was granted a name change to "Diana, Princess of Wales" (her full legal name, not a legal title) so she would still be known by the title that everyone knew her by, though the title "Princess of Wales" was not hers by right. By the name change, of course, her middle name of "Frances" was dropped.
posted by Jared Olar

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