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Originally posted 07/23/2013 07:50AM
Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer has welcomed the birth of his nephew William's son as "such lovely news."
Recalling William's own birth three decades ago, Spencer, 49, said he was at boarding school at Eton when a tutor alerted him.
"The teacher rushed into my bedroom to tell me the good news, a bottle of champagne in his hands," Spencer tells PEOPLE in a statement.
Originally posted 06/28/2013 08:30AM
Obsessed with royal fashion? On July 4, an exhibition will open, showcasing some of the most iconic dresses of the last century.
The "Fashion Rules" exhibit presented by Kensington Palace includes gowns and outfits made famous by Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Margaret and Princess Diana – one of whose gowns is on loan from PEOPLE.
The princess's blue Jacques Azagury dress was bought for $26,450 at the Christie's of New York auction Diana held shortly before her tragic death in 1997.
Originally posted 06/12/2013 11:05AM
She was the people's princess, a global fashion icon and, at times, a strained symbol of royalty on the rocks. Now in a new movie, the late Princess Diana comes vividly to life, played uncannily in Diana by Naomi Watts.
A trailer for the film shows Watts, 44, as Diana caught amid the pressures of fame after the former Sloane Ranger married her prince, gave birth to two sons, and then struggled to adhere to the confines of a measured life that seemed against her free-spirited soul. (Watch it below.)
From red carpets and designer ball gowns, to glamorous European yachts and the near-constant onslaught of paparazzi, the biopic focuses on the finals years of Diana's life as she sought new love away from Buckingham Palace. She died after a car crash in a Paris tunnel in August 1997, a tragedy that shocked the world as fans and royal watchers grieved with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Originally posted 05/24/2013 07:15PM
Prince William is one proud papa-to-be – and he can't keep it to himself.
"He is looking forward to being a dad. He's very excited about it," says Seyi Obakin, chief executive of the charity Centrepoint, whose aim is to help homeless young people.
Obakin spent a few hours with the prince, 30, when he secretly stopped by Centrepoint's Bruce House in London earlier this week. Prince William – who is a royal patron of the charity – spoke with residents who are learning to be entrepreneurs and other skills so they can be successful in their communities.
"They talked about music, movies, fun things," Obakin tells PEOPLE. "He has a genuine concern for how life is like for them as the country is going through this recession."
Originally posted 04/19/2013 11:30AM
Prince Harry announced Friday his intention to follow in the footsteps of British hero Captain Scott and conquer Antarctica.
The world's favorite friendly royal will join three teams of wounded veterans as they race to the South Pole with the aid of the Walking With The Wounded charity, of which Harry is patron.
"The aim remains the same," Harry, 28, told reporters at the launch of the South Pole Allied Challenge in London. "To enable our wounded servicemen and women to do what they do better than anyone else I know. To meet a challenge head on and inspire others to do the same."
The event will start in December and see veterans from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia ski across 208 miles of the coldest, most inhospitable terrain on the planet for up to 20 hours a day.
Originally posted 03/19/2013 03:00PM
When Princess Diana danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House dinner, the world was awestruck.
Now one very lucky Englishwoman gets to have all that glamor to herself. An anonymous bidder purchased the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein evening gown – the one that prompted Travolta to call Diana "the most beautiful woman in the room" – for more than $362,000 Tuesday at London's Kerry Taylor Auctions.
Part of the "Fit for a Princess" lot, "It sold to a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor in a statement. And while the late Princess would divorce Prince Charles 11 years after that magical moment, the dress's new owner just made a grand bid for romance.
– Suzanne Zuckerman
Originally posted 03/07/2013 08:30AM
On his recent mission to Africa, Prince Harry said he hoped his late mother Princess Diana would be proud of his charity work there.
He's now added another reason to live up to that wish – by assuming the leading role in a campaign to raise funds that will mark the 25th anniversary of the Halo Trust, the landmine clearance charity that Diana was linked with at her death.
In the January before her fatal August 1997 car accident, Diana highlighted Halo's work when she walked through the minefields of the African country of Angola, and was famously photographed with a group of landmine victims as they sat under a tree.
Originally posted 02/27/2013 04:15PM
Prince Harry spoke about his charity work Wednesday night in South Africa – and of hoping that his mother, Princess Diana, would be proud of his efforts.
Diana worked to help those with HIV/Aids and Harry, 28, is doing the same in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that he has been visiting this week.
The Prince spoke after a whirlwind visit to the kingdom. There, he checked up on the work of the charity Sentebale that he set up with friend Prince Seeiso in memory of their late mothers.
Addressing a gala dinner in Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa, Harry said he hoped both mothers would be looking down with pride. "I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name," he said of Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. "I hope that my mother will be proud, too."
Originally posted 02/20/2013 11:40AM
Some of the gorgeous and historic dresses worn by Princess Diana are headed for auction – again!
The most famous of the 10 dresses, which were originally sold by Diana in New York a few months before her death in 1997, is the midnight blue gown that Diana wore as she twirled around the dance floor at the White House with John Travolta in 1985. Diana graced the Victor Edelstein-designed velvet dress for the state dinner given by President Ronald and Nancy Reagan in honor of the princess's then-husband, Prince Charles.
London-based auctioneer Kerry Taylor is selling the gowns, with the collection including some of the princess's favorite designers: Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker and Bruce Oldfield.
Originally posted 01/25/2013 11:50AM
That mysterious photo that surfaced earlier this month of the young, pre-princess Diana Spencer has, it turns out, an equally mysterious buyer.
A real estate investor from San Diego, Calif., who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the photo for $18,000, according to the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction.
The black-and-white image shows a young Diana lounging with her friend Adam Russell, described by Diana biographer Andrew Morton as the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin and now a deer farmer in Dorset.
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