03.06.

2004: Mother of Princess Diana – A Convert to the Catholic Faith

2004: Mother of Princess Diana – A Convert to the Catholic Faith
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ St Columba's Cathedral where the funeral took place (by Mick Garratt)

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  • Historical event:
  • 3 June 2004
  • In 1994 Diana's mother Frances became a Roman Catholic. She died at the age of 68 on the Scottish islet Seil.

On this day in 2004 Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Princess Diana, died.

After the tragic death of her daughter, Frances devoted her life to charitable activities within the Catholic Church.

Frances was born in England in 1936, as the daughter of Lord Fermoy, a friend of the British King George VI (father of the present queen). In 1954, she married Diana’s father, who then carried the title of Lord Althorp and later inherited the higher title of Earl Spencer.

In 1994, Frances became a Roman Catholic. It was about three years before the tragic death of Princess Diana in a car accident. Frances Shand Kydd supported charities such as the Handicapped Children’s Trust and the National Search and Rescue Dogs Association.

Frances Shand Kydd died at the age of 68 years at the Scottish islet Seil. Her funeral was held at the Roman Catholic cathedral in Oban, Scotland. Her grandsons – Princes William and Harry, also attended her funeral.

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