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Kitty Spencer: Diana’s niece broke royal tradition set by her aunt during lavish wedding

Kitty Spencer: Diana’s niece broke royal tradition set by her aunt during lavish wedding

LADY KITTY SPENCER wed billionaire Michael Lewis earlier this year in a lavish Italian ceremony. The bride wore a series of Dolce and Gabbana gowns for her big day, including a lace white dress for the ceremony itself. But one thing was missing from her outfit, breaking royal tradition set by her late aunt.

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Diana called Queen Elizabeth II ‘Aunt Lilibet’ before marriage to her son Prince Charles

Princess Diana was born into an aristocratic family that had been closely allied with the British royal family for several generations, so she was no stranger to her future family members. In fact, she used to refer to her future mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II as ‘Aunt Lilibet’ prior to her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.

Lilibet is the Queen’s nickname that she coined for herself as she had difficulty pronouncing Elizabeth in childhood. However, the name stuck with her, as her younger sister Princess Margaret also started calling her Lilibet and other family members followed the suit. It is said that the monarch’s recently deceased husband Prince Philip was the last person who used to call her by the moniker.

The unique name was recently transferred to the younger generation, after her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle chose it as the first name for their second child, a daughter, who also has her grandmother’s name Diana as her middle name.

Diana’s Decades,” a new ITV documentary that premiered on Thursday night, shared an interesting anecdote that even Diana used to call the Queen by the name. An off-camera narrator said while discussing her childhood, “Lady Diana was born into a world of large country houses, set in rural estates. She grew up in Park House, practically next door to the Queen, who she called Aunt Lilibet.”

Park House was rented by the Spencer family from the Queen herself. It is located on the royal family’s infamous Christmas holiday venue Sandringham Estate, just to the west of the monarch’s main residence Sandringham House. Diana, as well as her mother Frances, were born at the historical building.

The Spencer family retained the lease of Park House until 1975, when Diana’s father became Earl Spencer, after which they moved to their family home Althorp, a Grade I listed stately home and estate in West Northamptonshire. Its grounds are now home to the final resting-place of the late Princess of Wales.

After her untimely death in a car crash in Paris in 1997, Diana was interred on a small island in the middle of the ornamental Round Oval lake at the estate. A Doric-style temple with her name inscribed on top has been built across from the lake, and is a tourist attraction during July and August when the house and estate are open to the public.

Members of the British Royal Family sit for an official portrait in the white drawing room at Windsor Castle after Prince William’s confirmation at St Georges Chapel March 9. Pictured are, (Left to Right Front Row) Prince Harry, Diana Princess of Wales, Prince William, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth, (back row Left to Right) King Constatine of Greece, Lady Susan Hussey, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, and Lord Romsey. BRITAIN
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Diana called the Queen ‘Aunt Lilibet’ years before marrying Prince Charles

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the joyous news that they had welcomed a baby girl into the world back on 4 June 2021, the regal couple’s choice of name for their newborn sparked a discussion about an interesting royal tidbit that had previously rarely been spoken about.

Naming their second child Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed the touching meaning behind their first daughter’s name.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” a statement said. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.”



Diana was used to a world of wealth and privilege even before joining the Royal Family

While Diana may sadly no longer be with us, it seems the late mother-of-two has another connection to her granddaughter’s title, in addition to her middle name paying tribute to her.

In a new documentary, aired on ITV on Thursday night, it has been claimed that Diana would refer to her future mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II by her intimate nickname – years before she married into the royal family.

“Lady Diana was born into a world of large country houses, set in rural estates,” viewers heard an off-camera narrator say, as they discussed the ex-wife of Prince Charles and her upbringing.



The Queen was dubbed ‘Lilibet’ as a young girl

“She grew up in Park House, practically next door to the Queen, who she called Aunt Lilibet,” they went on to reveal.

The monarch’s sentimental nickname goes back to when the Queen was too young to be able to pronounce her own name, calling herself “Lilibet” instead.

Catching on, her family soon adopted her chosen moniker too, with her father, George VI, once quoted as saying: “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”

Elsewhere in the new Diana documentary, family friends and former neighbours of the People’s Princess opened up about her early years – with one claiming she had her heart set on a big wedding from a young age.

In the first episode of the series, an electrician who was at the wedding of one of Diana’s elder sisters revealed an interesting conversation he had with the then-teenager.



It may not have been at Westminster Abbey, but Diana enjoyed a fairytale wedding in 1981
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Recalling the moment Diana attended her sibling’s special day, he said the late Princess said to him: “Nothing like this for me, Ray. It’s Westminster Abbey or nothing.”

While her teenage dream didn’t true exactly, Diana did go on to marry the future King of England, Prince Charles in a fairytale wedding on Wednesday 29 July 1981.

The couple’s bid day shunned the usual royal tradition of tying the knot at Westminster Abbey, instead becoming husband and wife St Paul’s Cathedral due to the venue offering more seating for their many guests.

The world were gripped by the romance of the heir to throne and his 20-year-old bride, with events held around the Commonwealth the mark the “wedding of the century.”

It was estimated that over 750 million people tuned in to watch Diana walk down the aisle in her iconic dress and marry the eldest son of the reigning Queen.

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Elvis Presley: Graceland’s unseen rooms – Inside bedroom Aunt Delta used when tours began

Five years after Elvis Presley’s death, Graceland was opened to the public for tours. But from 1982 until her death in 1993, The King’s Aunt Delta continued to live at the Memphis mansion and use a bedroom next to the kitchen while guests were looking around. Express.co.uk recently took part in a virtual live tour of Graceland, which included a look inside a number of unseen downstairs rooms including this space she would use in the daytime.
During the 1980s, Graceland’s kitchen was also not part of the tour, so that Aunt Delta could use it and the bedroom next to it.

Our tour guide, on-site archivist Angie Marchese, said on the live stream: “We call it Delta’s bedroom because this is a room she would use a lot during the day when we opened up for tours and then she would use the other room at night.”

The other room is the master bedroom that’s seen early on in the in-person tour. Prior to Delta, it was used by Elvis’ mother Gladys until her death in 1958 and then The King’s grandmother Minnie Mae until she died in 1980.

Entering the bedroom Delta used in the day, Angie pointed out its simple design and the TV and cable box from the early 1990s still intact.

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On the chest of drawers was a framed picture of Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla, his daughter Lisa Marie and Priscilla’s son Navarone Garibaldi.

Interestingly the drapes were a royal blue, having been put up in the late 1970s, while the carpet had been replaced shortly before Delta’s death in 1993.

Angie pointed out how one of the drawers contains the china that Lisa Marie uses for meals when she and her family visit Graceland.

The archivist herself knew Delta for the last four years of her life and described how at the end of the touring day. the guides would signal to her that she could come out and use the rest of the mansion in the evening.

After this, Delta would know that she had free run of the house and used it as she would in Elvis’ lifetime.

Angie added: “She would often change stuff on the dining room table.

“So you would come in one day and the placemats would be blue, the next day they could be red.

“You didn’t know what colour the dining room table was going to be decorated.”

Angie added: “Edmund her Pomeranian sometimes would run out in the Jungle Room in the middle of the day.

“And then you’d hear her yell at him to get back into the kitchen. So it was always a lot of fun when Delta was around.”

The Elvis expert also pointed out how near the kitchen in one of the cupboards was a Southfork Ranch mug The King’s Aunt used.

Angie reckons this was gifted to her by Priscilla who was starring in the TV show Dallas which featured the ranch.

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