Princess Diana Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961 at Sandringham, Norfolk, England. Her parents were Frances and Earl Spencer. Her father was a viscount, which is a type of noble in England. In 1967, after 14 years of marriage her mother had left her father for another man, Peter Shand-Kyad. Her mother and Peter later got married on May 2, 1969. Earl Spencer also re-married to the daughter of Barbara Cartland, the Countess of Dartmouth. Diana's father died on March 29, 1992 from a heart attack. He died in a London hospital.
Princess Diana had two older sisters and two brothers, one older and one younger. Her oldest sister, Sarah, was born in 1955. Her other sister, Jane, was born in 1957. Her older brother, John, died at birth. Her younger brother, Charles, was born in 1964. After there parents divorce, Sarah and Jane were sent to boarding school and Diana and Charles visited back and forth between there parents houses.
After a big custody battle, Earl won the custody of Diana and Charles, and Frances had custody of Sarah and Jane. At age 9, Diana was sent to Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk. While attending the boarding school, Diana excelled in sports, such as swimming, diving, and also ballet, but she was not as great at her academics as she was in sports. Diana, in fact, won many trophies for her swimming abilities. Then at age 16 she went to Kent to finish her schooling at West Heath secondary school. At West Heath Diana received an award for her service. She was a very accomplished pianist while attending the school, as well. Diana dreamed of becoming a ballerina, but as an adult she was 5 foot 10 inches, which is too tall for her to become a ballerina.