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On This Day In History —-} October 2, 1908

Birth of Ruth, Baroness Fermoy (maternal grandmother of Princess Diana)♕

Today in history, Ruth, Baroness Fermoy, was born at her father’s house in Aberdeenshire. She showed early promise as a pianist and studied under Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s. Her musical career was cut short when she met, and later married in 1931, the wealthy and much older Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy. They had three children, including her younger daughter, Frances who would become the mother of Diana. Lady Fermoy did play the piano in public occasionally after her marriage, most notably with Josef Krips at the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, and with SirJohn Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at King’s Lynn in 1966. She founded the King’s Lynn Festival in 1951 and remained closely involved with the Festival for 25 years, persuading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to become its patron. 
In 1956, the Queen Mother appointed Lady Fermoy an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber. The Queen Mother, being a widow herself, showed a preference for appointing widows to her household, and four years later Lady Fermoy was promoted to Woman of the Bedchamber, a post she held for the next 33 years. Lady Fermoy was a firm believer in the sanctity of marriage. In 1969, her daughter Frances and John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, were divorced. Lady Fermoy testified against her own daughter, allowing Spencer to retain custody of his children. The Queen Mother and Lady Fermoy became confidantes, and it was assumed by many that the two women engineered the match between their grandchildren, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. However, when asked about it, Lady Fermoy remarked: “You can say that if you like – but it simply wouldn’t be true”. She was also said to have counselled her granddaughter against the marriage, saying: “Darling, you must understand that their sense of humour and their lifestyle are different, and I don’t think it will suit you.”
Lady Fermoy died at her home at 36 Eaton Square, London, on 6 July 1993, aged 84. It was reported that she was not on speaking terms with Diana when she died. (x)
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On This Day In History —-} October 2, 1908

Birth of Ruth, Baroness Fermoy (maternal grandmother of Princess Diana)

Today in history, Ruth, Baroness Fermoy, was born at her father’s house in Aberdeenshire. She showed early promise as a pianist and studied under Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s. Her musical career was cut short when she met, and later married in 1931, the wealthy and much older Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy. They had three children, including her younger daughter, Frances who would become the mother of Diana. Lady Fermoy did play the piano in public occasionally after her marriage, most notably with Josef Krips at the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, and with SirJohn Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at King’s Lynn in 1966. She founded the King’s Lynn Festival in 1951 and remained closely involved with the Festival for 25 years, persuading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to become its patron. 

In 1956, the Queen Mother appointed Lady Fermoy an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber. The Queen Mother, being a widow herself, showed a preference for appointing widows to her household, and four years later Lady Fermoy was promoted to Woman of the Bedchamber, a post she held for the next 33 years. Lady Fermoy was a firm believer in the sanctity of marriage. In 1969, her daughter Frances and John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, were divorced. Lady Fermoy testified against her own daughter, allowing Spencer to retain custody of his children. The Queen Mother and Lady Fermoy became confidantes, and it was assumed by many that the two women engineered the match between their grandchildren, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. However, when asked about it, Lady Fermoy remarked: “You can say that if you like – but it simply wouldn’t be true”. She was also said to have counselled her granddaughter against the marriage, saying: “Darling, you must understand that their sense of humour and their lifestyle are different, and I don’t think it will suit you.”

Lady Fermoy died at her home at 36 Eaton Square, London, on 6 July 1993, aged 84. It was reported that she was not on speaking terms with Diana when she died. (x)

A Timeline of Diana’s Life

JULY 1, 1961—Diana Frances Spencer is born to Frances and Edward John (Johnnie) Spencer. Her father would later become the 8th Earl Spencer.

SUMMER 1967—Diana’s parents separate amid a minor scandal after 14 years of marriage. Involved in an affair with Peter Shand-Kydd, married heir to a wallpaper fortune, Diana’s mother moves out of the family home. Sarah, 12 and Jane, 10, are sent to boarding school. Diana and her younger brother Charles are shuttled back and forth between home and their mother’s place in London. The Spencers enter into an acrimonious divorce and custody battle.

DECEMBER, 1967—Their father wins custody of Diana and Charles. Diana is enrolled in Silfield day school.

MAY 2, 1969—Frances Spencer marries Shand-Kydd, whom the children like.

SEPTEMBER, 1970—Diana is sent to her first boarding school, Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk. She excels in swimming, diving and ballet but not academics.

JULY 1977—Diana finishes her schooling at West Heath secondary school in Kent.

JULY 14, 1977—Earl Spencer marries the bouffant-haired Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, daughter of romance novellist Barbara Cartland. Her relations with the Spencer children are strained. They dub her “Acid Raine”.

NOVEMBER 1977—Prince Charles, who dated Sarah Spencer for several months, notices Diana at a shooting party at Althorpe, the Spencer estate in Northamptonshire, referring to her later as a “very jolly and amusing and attractive 16 year old—full of fun.”

JULY 1980—The love affair with Prince Charles begins during a polo playing weekend when they both stay at the home of mutual friends Cmdr. Robert and Philippa de Pass. Sharing a London flat with three other girls, Diana was working as an assistant at Young England kindergarten and as an unpaid nanny to an American couple’s baby son.

FEBRUARY 24, 1981—The engagement is announced. A reporter asks if they are in love—Diana: “Of course”. Charles: “Whatever ‘in love’ means”.

JULY 29, 1981—The fairy-tale wedding in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Some 600,000 people lined the streets of London to cheer the couple on, hundreds of millions more watch on TV.

JUNE 21, 1982—Diana gives birth after 17 hours of labor to Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, known as Wills, who is second in line to the throne after his father.

MARCH 1983—Charles and Diana being a 6 week visit to Australia and New Zealand.

JUNE 14-July 1, 1983—Charles and Diana make their first visit to Canada, an 18-day trip to the Atlantic region, Ottawa and Edmonton.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1984—Birth of “the spare”, Prince Henry Charles Albert David, known as Harry.


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APRIL 30-May 7, 1986—Diana and Charles visit British Columbia for the opening of Expo 86 in Vancouver.

JUNE 3, 1991—Prince William is accidentally struck by a golf club at school and suffers a skull fracture. Diana stays by his bedside in hospital. Charles leaves to fulfil a royal engagement.

JULY 1991—Diana hugs a sobbing AIDS patient at an English hospital, in one of her many displays of fearlessness and warmth that helped dispel panic about being near AIDS sufferers.

OCTOBER 23-29, 1991—Charles and Diana, accompained by their sons, visit Ontario on their 3rd and final trip to Canada together.

MARCH 29, 1992—Diana’s father dies of a heart attack in a London hospital.

JUNE 1992—Andrew Morton’s biography, Diana, Her True Story written with her tacit approval, details her depressions, bulimia and unhappy married life.

AUGUST 1992—The press reports a telephone conversation between Diana and James Gilbey, who calls her “Squidgy” and tells her he loves her.

NOVEMBER 1992—On a disastrous trip to Kenya, Charles and Diana’s estrangement is obvious. Later that same month, the press reports more taped telephone pillow talk, this time a 1989 conversation between Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

DECEMBER 9, 1992—Buckingham Palace announces the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

MAY 1994—Diana and a Finnish student save a man from drowning in a pond in London’s Regent’s Park.

JUNE 1994—Charles confesses to adultery during Jonathan Dimbleby’s TV Documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role.

NOVEMBER 1994—Dimbleby’s biography The Prince of Wales, written with Charles’ co-operation, details the affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles beginning in 1972 and says that Charles married Diana to please his father. Another book, Princess in Love by Anna Pasternak, describes an affair between Diana and Capt. James Hewitt from 1986-1991.

NOVEMBER 1995—Diana declares on the BBC’s Panorama that she would like to be the “queen of people’s hearts” and admits that she was unfaithful to her her husband with Hewitt, whom she “adored”.

AUGUST 28, 1996—Charles and Diana are divorced. Diana gets a reported $30-million settlement, and the two partners get equal access to the children. Though still able to use the title “Princess”, Diana is no longer “Her Royal Highness”.

JANUARY 1997—Diana goes to Angola and launches her campaign against landmines.

JUNE 25, 1997—Christie’s auction house in New York City sells 79 of her gowns, raising $4.5 million for AIDS and cancer research projects.

JULY 1997—Photographers catch Diana and her new boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, frolicking aboard his father’s yacht on the Riviera.

AUGUST 1997—Diana goes to Bosnia to further her campaign against landmines.

AUGUST 31, 1997—Diana, Al Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul, die in a high-speed car crash in a Paris tunnel.

SEPTEMBER 4, 1997—The Queen bows to public pressure to participate in the mourning and,in an unprecedented gesture, announces the Union Jack will fly at half-mast at Buckingham Palace.

SEPTEMBER 6, 1997—Hundreds of thousands of mourners line the streets of London for Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. The procession and ceremony are watched on television in 60 countries around the world. Her body is taken to an island on the Althorp estate for burial.

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