ITV has commissioned a new documentary focused on the life and legacy of Princess Diana.
The 90-minute feature length film Diana is set to air this Thursday (24 June, 2021) at 9pm as a tribute to the late princess ahead of what would have been her birthday.
When is Princess Diana's birthday?
Born on 1 July, 1961, Diana would have celebrated her 60th birthday.
A day fondly remembered by her father, Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer.
"I remember my father always used to talk about the day Diana was born, 1st July 1961, and it was a sweltering hot day and this wonderful daughter appeared", said the princess of Wales' younger brother, Charles, to People magazine.
"It's so funny to be of an age now where your slightly older sister's 60. It will be an emotional day, but it will be a tribute to a much missed and much loved sister, mother."
Less than twenty-four years since her tragic death on 31 August, 1997, it remains one of the main dates that her close family and friends commemorate each year.
Where was Princess Diana born and where did she grow up?
Diana hailed from the county of Norfolk as she was born at Park House, in Sandringham.
The fourth of five children, her family has been closely allied with the British monarchy for generations.
Her education therefore conditioned her to respond to the royal etiquette accordingly.
She grew up at Althorp House in Northamptonshire until she married Prince Charles in 1981 (they even met at Althorp House), and was enrolled in a number of schools.
After attending the Silfield Private School in Gayton, Norfolk, and moved to the all-grild boarding school Riddlesworth Hall School near Thetford, she joined her sisters at West Heath Girls' School in Sevenoaks, Kent.
However, she did not perform well academically and failed her O-levels twice.
She showed musical talent as a pianist, studied ballet and tap dance and was a skilled diver.
How will Diana's 60th birthday be celebrated?
As the big day approaches, a new tribute to Lady Diana is in the works.
A statue is due to be unveiled on 1 July, 2021, at Kensington Palace to commemorate her 60th birthday.
Both of her sons, Princes Harry and William, are to attend the event despite the post-Megxit tension which was made worse by the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke of Cambridge – who is celebrating his 39th birthday this Monday, 21 June – and his younger brother have been urged to come together and forget their feud by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, according to The Express.
"Obviously, there have been issues with Harry and Meghan but this is not a time to focus on that", he said.
"It’s a time to focus on Diana’s contribution to the Royal Family and her contribution to Britain, which I think is very significant.”
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