With her world renowned glamour and her willingness to get close to people through her charity work, Princess Diana fascinated the nation. Here people tell their stories of when they met the ‘people’s princess’.
A winning ballot ticket led to Susan Philcox from Oxford, becoming the only female server at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and the then Lady Diana Spencer.
In fact, the event at St Paul’s Cathedral was a family affair as both her father and brother were ushers.
The day started early with the three being given a special pass to drive along the royal route.
“We were driving on the route at 5am waving to the crowds who were already up and cheering everything and everyone that went past,” Mrs Philcox remembers.
Once inside the cathedral, the family carried out their respective duties.
“I saw Diana enter through the west door of the cathedral, having her dress adjusted and then beginning the slow walk up the aisle,” Mrs Philcox says.
“She seemed nervous when she arrived – I smiled when she fluffed Prince Charles’ names. Once the ceremony was over, you could hear the roar of the crowd as Charles and Diana stepped out of the cathedral.”
Mrs Philcox recalls seeing the princess again at St Paul’s at another event in 1982 marking the end of the Falklands war.
“We were standing by the clergy at the west end at the end of the service and she looked very pretty, if a little flushed, and she told the dean, chapter and the Archbishop how moving the service had been.”