The summer of 2017 marks 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and in a small tribute to her, Buckingham Palace is displaying her desk and some personal items to remember her work as a member of the Royal Family.
Beginning tomorrow, with a theme of royal gifts, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening sees tens of thousands of visitors through its doors.
The Music Room will hold the Princess’ desk, at which she worked at Kensington Palace. Prince William and Harry selected many of the items for display, which will coincide with the documentary they have made to remember their mother: Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, airing 24th July.
Upon this desk is what you’d expect of most people: her stationery, complete with ‘D’ cipher, ‘official’ papers and documents. a letter rack, a blotter, and other office paraphernalia, like an Asprey briefcase (a wedding gift from the Worshipful Company of Glovers), a silver Cartier calendar (from the Reagans for the Waleses visit in 1985) and of course, family photos.
Also showing Diana’s personality and hobbies are a pair of ballet shoes; this pair used to hang on the sitting room door in Kensington Palace. A box of cassette tapes honours her love of music and includes George Michael, Elton John and Diana Ross but also operas and classical music.
In addition to this a wooden box with a ‘D Spencer’, sits nearby. This box was used by Lady Diana Spencer for treats and taken with her to boarding school. It was kept in The Princess’s sitting room at Kensington Palace. Her childhood typewriter was also kept in the sitting room.
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