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Princess Diana
Diana
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1961
Date of Death: 1997
Cause of Death: Injuries sustained in a car accident
Religion: Anglicanism
Occupation: Royalty, philanthropist
Spouse: Charles, Prince of Wales (divorced)
Children: William and Henry "Harry"
Relatives: Elizabeth II of Britain (mother-in-law)
Turtledove Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
The Two Georges
POD: c. mid-1760s
Type of Appearance: Oblique contemporary reference
Spouse: Unnamed prince
Relatives: George, Duke of Kent (grandfather-in-law)


Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the British Crown. They were married in 1981 and divorced in 1996.

Diana had two sons, Princes William and Harry. William is in the direct line to the thrones of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth Realms.

Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris on 31 August 1997. The circumstances which led to that accident have been subject to much controversy and speculation.

Diana in "Before the Beginning"Edit

Recordings of Diana's death became quite popular after the invention of the time-viewer.

Diana in The Two Georges Edit

The printers Titus Hackett and Franklin Mansfield had been acquitted of charges of printing and distributing an obscene publication: a lampoon of the marital troubles of the grandchildren of George, Duke of Kent, the younger brother of King-Emperor Edward VIII. The following year, during the course of his investigation into the theft of The Two Georges, Colonel Thomas Bushell and two squads of RAMs searched their establishment and found the preparations of a follow-up. Officer Clarence Malmsey discovered an eight-by-ten glossy photograph of a prince's skinny, blond, estranged wife frolicking nearly in the altogether on a tropical beach in a file folder marked Queen Charlotte Islands Board of Tourism.[1]

Later in the investigation, Colonel Bushell had a conversation with Major Shikalimo on the Iroquois' family structure and how the Major found them somewhat oppressive after he lived the English style in university. He commented that this, along with him being the heir of the Grand Sachem, made him feel more sympathetic to the scandalous behaviour of the princesses in the odd branches of His Majesty's family tree.[2]

Literary Comment Edit

While the princess is not named, at the time the novel was published, Princess Diana was common tabloid fodder with photos as described above being published. Since she was a blonde, the reference would lean towards her, rather than the red-headed Sarah Ferguson. However, due to the novel's use of fictional royals such as Edward IX and Charles III, it can be debated as to whether this princess is the actual Diana Spencer or a close analog.

References Edit

  1. The Two Georges, pgs. 95-98, MPB.
  2. Ibid, pgs. 283-284.

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