“Life is mostly froth and bubbles…two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble and courage in your own.” – Princess Diana
In her early teenage years Princess Diana owned and wore a Marks & Spencer St. Michael white acrylic cable-knit jumper sweater with ring-neck collar (Size 18 /Euro 46-48), with the label,
"D. Spencer," sewn into the collar.
Sally Fell explained, the head chef at Althorp, in part: "I was employed as head chef at Althorp House during the 1980s when Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular visitor. During this period Raine Spencer was in the process of totally redecorating Althorp in her own style. As Diana
now permanently resided in London, one of the rooms listed for redecoration was her old bedroom and the butler at the time, Carl Ackerman, was instructed to remove all of Diana's belongings and offer them to the staff, or dispose of them if no interest was shown.
All the items were placed on a long table in the courtyard, and we the staff were invited to take what we wished, which is how I came to possess Diana's casual white sweater." As most of Diana's childhood clothing is held at Althorp, very few pieces of her clothing from this period have ever been offered for sale.
The Ski Pants
This is a special image where we get to see Lady Diana hugging her classmate during a ski holiday organized by the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Switzerland, a finishing school where she studied for only one term.
"I hated going to the finishing school except for skiing," she wrote in a letter to her nanny Mary Clarke on December 1978.
The story goes that Diana had saved up her own money to buy these ski pants. Princess Diana later donated them to help with the martial law crisis in Poland in the 1980's. Diana's Ski Pants were found rolled up together with a pair of Prince Charles’s riding pants (pictured below right).
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Diana wearing the sweater while sitting on top of her prized Volkswagen (which she acquired in 1979) with flatmate Virginia Pitman.
Visit the Princess Diana 3D Virtual Museum to view extremely rare, never seen before items from Diana’s teenage years including: Teenage Sweater, Ski Pants, Cape, Burberry Wool Coat, Sewing Box and much more.