Diana keep­sakes fetch top prices

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

An en­graved sil­ver card case owned by Diana, Princess of Wales has sold at auc­tion for nearly £16,000.

The or­nately crafted piece, a present from her grand­mother, fetched the high­est price of 79 items linked to the late royal in a mass sale con­ducted by Bos­ton-based RR Auc­tion.

The in­ti­mate ef­fects were do­nated to char­ity months be­fore her death in 1997, with a let­ter read­ing: “The per­sonal qual­ity of some of th­ese items will hope­fully show just how im­por­tant the work of this hu­man­i­tar­ian char­ity is to me.”

Diana’s hand­writ­ten French vo­cab­u­lary book from her time at a Swiss fin­ish­ing school sold for more than £11,000 while a 17-inch sil­ver neck­lace with a cap­i­tal “D” charm that Diana is thought to have worn as a teenager sold for nearly £7,000.

Other items in­cluded a sil­ver locket con­tain­ing a pic­ture of Diana with Prince Harry and Prince Wil­liam, and a signed Red Cross pho­to­graph. Prince Harry watched as chil­dren got soaked dur­ing a visit to a con­ser­va­tion pro­ject that aims to teach young­sters to value the coun­try­side.

The royal joked with one group as they were drenched by a bucket of water while test­ing a sup­pos­edly wa­ter­proof shel­ter as part of the Chatham Green Pro­ject at the Wilder­ness Foun­da­tion in Chatham Green, near Chelms­ford in Es­sex. Chil­dren had built shel­ters be­tween trees as part of a sur­vival course.

An in­struc­tor threw a bucket of water over one shel­ter as chil­dren sat inside it to test whether it was wa­ter­proof.

The prince, jok­ing with the chil­dren, said: “How did you al­low this to hap­pen? I’m se­ri­ous, look, how did you al­low that to hap­pen?”

Harry also spoke to young­sters mak­ing net­tle and mint tea, and saw chil­dren light­ing fires.

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