"Hugging has no harmful side effects. If we all play our part in making our Children feel valued, the result will be tremendous. There are potential 'huggers' in every household"
The first of Charles and Diana's sons was born in the Lindo wing at St. Marys Hospital, Paddington, London on 21st June 1982 at 9:03 pm, weighing in at seven pounds one and a half ounces.
His names, William Arthur Philip Louis were announced when he was a week old, William, Prince Charles said, was a name that both him and Diana liked, Arthur had been a frequent royal name since Queen Victoria's day, while Philip and Louis emphasise the strong Mountbatten influence in the family. His parents called him Wills, later he was affectionately known to his parents as Wombat.
His birth and full names were registered on the 19th July, when the Kensington registrar called at Kensington Palace. Two weeks later, on 4th August he was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles chose his Grandmother Queen Elizabeth's 82nd birthday for the occasion.
With Prince William outside St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington 21st June, 1982
Diana & Charles proudly show six month old William off at Kensington Palace, December 1982
On 14th February 1984 it was officially announced that Diana was pregnant with her second baby. Henry Charles Albert David, (known as Harry) was born on the 15th September 1984 at 4:20 p.m, weighing in at 6 pounds and 14 ounces, in the same hospital and ward that his brother, William had been born in two years earlier.
With Prince Harry outside St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington
15th September, 1984
Prince Henry (known later as Harry) with his Mother, Princess Diana
Diana and Charles at
Prince Harry's Christening
A relaxed family photo, Highgrove, Gloucestershire
Prince Henry was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in St George's Chapel, Windsor.
After attending Mrs Mynors School, Prince Harry became a pupil at Wetherby School in London, from September 1987. In September 1992, Harry joined his older brother William at Ludgrove School in Berkshire where he stayed for five years.
He then attended Eton College from September 1998 where he took his GCSE's and A Levels. After completing them, Prince Harry visited Australia, Argentina and Africa during his gap year, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho.
Prince Harry entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in May 2005. He successfully completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
Opposite:- Playtime for Princes William and Harry
A relaxed photo of Diana and her boys
Another adoring photo of mother and sons
Diana and Harry
Diana was a devoted mother, modern in her approach to them and putting them first, rearranging her life around them and spending as much time as possible with them. She wanted to give them a normal up-bringing away from all the royal protocol - by taking them to theme parks and cinemas and dressed them in the kind of casual clothes any other youngster would wear.
She also shared with them her interest in charitable causes, she didn't shelter them from the realities of the world and would take them with her when engaged in charity work or on a hospital visit.
Prince William became the youngest ever royal baby to accompany his parents on their six week Australian tour in March 1983. The usual protocol was that the royal children were to stay at home but when Diana was told that this was to be the procedure she became upset so the Queen bent the rules for her by allowing William to accompany them.
Diana, William and Harry celebrate the VJ Celebrations
Opposite:- Diana has fun with Prince Harry at Thorpe Park
Days away from her death -
this was probably the last photo of
Diana with her beloved boys
Diana, William & Harry in a loving, family picture
Diana rushes to embrace William & Harry in a rush of affection on board the Royal Yacht, Britannia