When Diana Died: My Memories

In the years since Diana’s death, I never shared my memories about the day. For the first time, I talk about it here.

I picked up my most recent copy of People magazine that morning and started to flip through it. Diana, of course, was on the cover. She was on the cover of just about everything each week. On this cover, her hair was shiny gold and Queen Mary’s emerald choker was sparkling on her neck.


I looked at the cover for the longest time and thought, “Something doesn’t seem right,” but I didn’t think much of it at the time. When I walked into the bathroom to get ready for my day, I had already forgotten my thought.

Then my mother popped her head in the doorway and said that Diana had been killed in a car crash in the early hours of the morning.

That was the weirdest moment I think I’ve ever had. I had known nothing of the events surrounding the princess’s demise as I picked up that magazine. Paris is 6 hours ahead of the Eastern U.S., and I had been soundly sleeping. Nothing in the news or the gossip rags came close to even hinting that there was any impending tragedy. Yet somehow, I had a bad feeling.

Strange, isn’t it?

My interest in monarchy had only just been peaked that year. August 31st, 1997 was only eight months prior to my launch of “Mandy’s British Royalty”. This seventeen-year-old American was about to see a royal funeral for the first time. It was the biggest event in Britain, and probably the biggest outpouring of emotion the nation had ever seen. My hero, the Queen, even broke rank to give Diana a little bow in remembrance. It was a huge, huge deal.

The music that played during the ceremony was haunting. It stuck with me. It was the performance of John Tavener’s Song for Athene that chilled and saddened me all at once. It filled Westminster Abbey as Diana’s coffin was marched down the aisle, the flowers on the casket shivering with each pallbearer’s step.

Poor Diana, I thought. I wasn’t her biggest fan, but I certainly didn’t want something like this to happen. Especially for the boys, Princes William and Harry. Even Charles, with whom Diana famously battled in the press and public. Even he looked so, so sad. The death of the Princess of Wales marked not only the end of a late-blooming friendship between Charles and Diana, but it was the end of an era, a time now simply a part of history.

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Sweden’s Darling Princess Estelle Has Started School

Sweden’s Darling Has Started School!

English: Coat of Arms of Sweden

English: Coat of Arms of Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two-year-old Princess Estelle of Sweden had her first taste of public daycare when she arrived at Äventyret Preschool on August 25.

Clasping the hands of her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, toddler Estelle smiled and waved to photographers as she arrived at the Stockholm preschool to formally begin her education outside of the palace walls.

According to the official website of the Swedish Court, Äventyret Preschool was founded in 1992 and uses “the Ur & Skur outdoor teaching methods to teach children about nature and to convey a sense of the natural world”.

Estelle’s hair was swept to the side in an adorable bow, and she wore a cute little cardigan to match. It was a sight to draw tears and sighs of how fast the time has passed already.

Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland, was born on February 23, 2012. She is the first child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

Happy Birthday to the Duke of Gloucester!

HRH Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, at...

HRH Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, 2006. Investiture service of the Priory in the United States of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Birthday to the Duke of Gloucester!

HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, turns 70 today (b. August 26, 1944). Many happy returns to this hardworking member of the British Royal Family!

Also born this day: Prince Albert, consort to HM Queen Victoria.

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Princess Marie Attends Copenhagen Jewelry and Watch Show

Can we say trés magnifique?

One of my favorite royals, Princess Marie of Denmark, opened the Copenhagen Jewelry and Watch show over the weekend. She became the patron of the trade fair when it launched in August 2013. On the final day of the fair, the princess presents an award to the winner of the “Nordic Gold” competition for most inspiring and innovative jewelry design in Northern Europe.

It must be fun to be patron of a jewelry trade show! Baubles aren’t Marie’s only interest, however: this Princess is all about helping others, counting Danish UNESCO, AIDS-Fondet, Prix littéraire des Ambassadeurs, and the National Autism Association among her many patronages.