Frances Shand Kydd

About Frances Shand Kydd

Who is it?: Mother of Diana, Princess of Wales
Birth Day: January 20, 1936
Birth Place: Sandringham House, United Kingdom, British
Known for: Mother of Diana, Princess of Wales
Spouse(s): John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (m. 1954; div. 1969) Peter Shand Kydd (m. 1969; div. 1990)
Children: Lady Sarah McCorquodale Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes John Spencer Diana, Princess of Wales Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer
Parent(s): Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy Ruth Gill

Frances Shand Kydd

Frances Shand Kydd was born on January 20, 1936 in Sandringham House, United Kingdom, British, is Mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Frances Shand Kydd was a Viscountess who was widely recognized as the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Born into a noble family, she married Viscount Althorp John Spencer when she was only 18 years old. She suffered the loss of her son early in her life and couldn’t conceive a male child immediately after the demise of her son, which strained her relationship with her husband. When she was a mother of four young children, she left her husband for another man at the time when her youngest child was only three years old. She subsequently lost a bitter battle for custody, was ostracized by her own family members and eventually got separated from her second husband, who left her for another woman. She suffered another blow when her youngest daughter Diana died at the age of 36 in a car accident. She spent her later years in solitude, even though her reclusive life was interrupted due to the controversy surrounding the death of her daughter. She found solace in the Roman Catholic Church and was involved in a number of charities.
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As per our current Database, Frances Shand Kydd has been died on 3 June 2004(2004-06-03) (aged 68)\nSeil, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

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When Frances Shand Kydd die, Frances Shand Kydd was 68 years old.

Popular As Frances Shand Kydd
Occupation Miscellaneous
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 20, 1936 (Sandringham House, United Kingdom, British)
Birthday January 20
Town/City Sandringham House, United Kingdom, British
Nationality British

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Frances Shand Kydd’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.

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Frances Shand Kydd was born in the Year of the Rat. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

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She was born Frances Ruth Roche in Park House, on the royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk, on 20 January 1936. Her father was Maurice Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy, a friend of King George VI and the elder son of the American heiress Frances Ellen Work and her first husband, the 3rd Baron Fermoy. Her mother, Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy, was a confidante and lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). Since birth, she held the style of The Honourable as the daughter of a baron.


On 1 June 1954, she married John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer), at Westminster Abbey. The Queen and other members of the royal family attended the wedding ceremony. She was 18 years old and became the youngest woman wed in Westminster Abbey in the last five decades.


Her marriage to Viscount Althorp was not a happy one and, in 1967, she left him to be with Peter Shand Kydd, an heir to a wallpaper fortune in Australia whom she had met the year before. His half-brother was the former champion amateur jockey william Shand Kydd (1937-2014), who was the brother-in-law of John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan. Subsequently, she was named "the other woman" in Janet Shand Kydd's divorce action against her husband.


Frances and Peter Shand Kydd were married on 2 May 1969 and lived on the Scottish island of Seil, where they bought an 18th-century farmhouse called Ardencaple, just 10 kilometres from Oban. She divided her time between London, Seil and another sheep farm in Yass, New South Wales. Although she lived a quiet life, she was forced into public view following the engagement of her daughter Diana to Prince Charles on 24 February 1981.


On 14 July 1976, the 8th Earl Spencer married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, daughter of the Novelist Dame Barbara Cartland. He eventually won a bitter custody battle over his children. Shand Kydd and her second husband separated in June 1988, after he left her for a younger woman. She blamed the pressure of media attention for the breakdown of the marriage.


In 1996, she was banned from driving after being convicted of drunk-driving, but denied she had a Problem with alcohol. She and Diana quarrelled in May 1997, after she told Hello! magazine that Diana was happy to lose her style of "Royal Highness" following her controversial divorce from Prince Charles. She was reportedly not on speaking terms with her daughter by the time of Diana's death.


In 2004, Maxine Riddington published a biographical book about her, entitled Frances: The Remarkable Story of Princess Diana's Mother.

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