The late Diana, Princess of Wales was born The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer on 1 July 1961 in Norfolk. She received the style Lady Diana Spencer in 1975, when her father inherited his Earldom. Lady Diana Spencer married The Prince of Wales at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 29 July 1981.
As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions across the Commonwealth Realms.She was celebrated in the media for her unconventional approach to charity work.
The royal's timepiece collection was no exception: Most of the watches that Princess Diana collected and wore over the years had a special meaning behind them. A yellow gold Patek Philippe model(Ref:3618), gifted to her by Prince Charles for her 20th birthday, was often seen on Diana's wrist during the early years of their marriage. This Patek Philippe Ref. 3618 is very rare, and made from 18K yellow gold.
Princess Diana was also gifted several timepieces for her wedding to Prince Charles. The royal family of Saudi Arabia gave her a gemstone-laden Asprey timepiece that was later converted into her immortalized choker necklace, while Queen Elizabeth II presented her with a diamond-set Vacheron Constantin watch from 1947.
Following her and the Prince of Wales's divorce, Diana was more often seen wearing her Cartier timepieces. She possessed two: a Tank Louis Cartier watch with a yellow gold case and black alligator strap and a Tank Française, also in yellow gold. The Tank Française (a gift from her father, John Spencer, the 8th Earl Spencer) was chosen by Prince William as his personal keepsake upon his mother's death. Cartier's emblematic design—first conceived in 1917 and inspired by a bird's-eye view of the war tanks of WWI—only gained more ground as a chosen piece of Princess Diana's personal collection. "The Tank Française blurred the lines between watches and jewelry with its more modern sharp edges and mirror-finished bracelet," says Edouard Caumon of Watchfinder. "Although it was produced in yellow gold, it still managed to maintain its composure and elegance, and it also clearly made an impression on the young Princess. She was known to have worn one from its initial release from Cartier - around the same time as her divorce from Prince Charles, suggesting it heralded a new era of independence."
Diana had a beautiful and priceless collection of watches and jewelry. With many of them gifted to her by friends and family from around the world. Diana was also lent many of the Queen’s jewels to wear over the years. However, two of Diana’s most prized positions; her engagement ring, and her Cartier Tank Française watch. Are now in the possession of her two daughter in laws; Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle.
Princess Diana was a true style icon, who had great taste in luxury watches and jewelry. She’s still the People’s Princess, and still sadly missed.