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Princess Diana was born The Honorable Diana Frances Spencer on July 1 1961 She was the third female child to Viscount and Viscountess Althorp Diana had two older sisters Sarah and Jane and one younger brother Charles Her family was well off and Diana had a privileged childhood The Spencers made their money as successful sheep traders in the 15th century With their fortune they built Althorp House in Northamptonshire and acquired a family crest and motto God defend the right Morton 10 The Spencers occupied various offices of State and Court When Dianas was born her father was disappointed she was a girl He was hoping for his third children to finally be a male heir to carry on the Spencer name Dianas father and the rest of the family wanted to know why her mother was only producing girls Because of this her mother was sent to a clinic for tests Morton 10 She was only 23 at the time This is ironic because today we now know the sex of the baby is determined by the father Even though she was too young to understand Diana believed she was to blame for her fathers disappointment Finally a few years later her mother delivered a boy to carry on the Spencer name Although Diana had a beautiful christening at Sandringham Church with well-to-do Godparents her brother Charless christening was a major event at Westminster Abbey The Queen was the principal Godparent The Spencer children were privileged but not snobbish They were taught to accept people for what they are and not their position in life The children never understood their titles until they went to school Occasionally one of the royals would make a visit to the Spencer home and once in a while they would play with Princess Margarets sons Princes Andrew and Edward Diana remembers not liking to go to the Royal home because it was big and spooky Dianas mothers
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