His Momma Would be Proud!

Nov 16, 2010 | Royalty | 23 comments

An AVID Princess Diana admirer all my life, I am thrilled to have heard today that Will has proposed to Kate!  The two have been dating for eight years and I have been waiting quite awhile for this news to come over the ticker!
So now two traditions are being passed on…
Prince William gave Kate Middleton his mothers Sapphire engagement ring.  How fitting being that daring Kate will someday be Princess of Wales.
And I, will wake Amélie up in the wee hours of a Summer morning next year to watch the wedding of the century, just like my Momma did with me when I was a wee lass of five years old.  I hope she will find as much inspiration, joy and fascination with her own dear Princess of Wales as I did with mine.  
Yes, that is me with a horrible haircut on the left in the equally horrible blue t-shirt (and my Mom) meeting H.R.H. Diana Princess of Wales on her trip to Chicago in 1996.  A little over a year before she died.  
Yes, we did get to talk to her and had a couple more interactions with her throughout the day.  It was the happiest day of my life and the day she died was the saddest.  I know that sounds ridiculous and dramatic but it’s true.  I had spent my entire life writing letters to her, reading about her and most importantly praying for her.  Truth be told, it will be fun to ramp up the Royal Watching again with Amélie and Juliette! 


  1. Pamela

    How lucky you got to meet the beautiful Princess Diana. We all loved her so much here in Canada.
    YOu made me feel old when you said you where 5yrs old when you watched the wedding!!! I was 14yrs old and watched it while I was babysitting!
    Her son is gorgeous like her and how wonderful he gave his Kate her ring!

  2. claudia b

    That’s awesome that you got to meet her. I’m happy for W&K, I can’t wait to see what she wears! I’m a total royal watcher too!

  3. Adrienne

    Wow! What a priceless and wonderful memory you have of Lady Di. And you have a photo to boot!

    I feel old like Pamela because I was also 14 when I watched her wedding. I was making jam with my mom in a motor home, on a ferry heading toward Prince Edward Island in Canada. It is a favorite memory of mine.

    Don’t feel silly for crying when she passed…I did the same thing. My girlfriends thought I was so weird and rolled their eyes at me. But I really did adore her.

    Kate is such a classic beauty and they are a drop-dead gorgeous couple. I’m excited for the upcoming nuptials, too!

  4. Sherri

    I was very glad to hear the news!

  5. * French Farmhouse 425 *

    ~**~Such a lovely tribute post to Diana!! Very cool that you got to meet her too!!! Hugs, Rachel~*~*

  6. Stephanie

    You met her?!?! Wow. She was so lovely and I vividly recall waking up early to watch her wedding and loving her big poufy dress and train. I think Kate is lovely and is it wrong that I’m happy to see a brunette as his bride?

  7. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    This was happy news! I can’t wait to watch the wedding. How fun that you actually got to meet Princess Diana in person!! What a wonderful memory. She is missed.

  8. KarenSue

    Bitter sweet! Can you imagine wearing her ring! William was born the same year my first daughter was, she was going to marry him. I guess not!
    You are a lucky girl to have time with her.
    Great post!

  9. Alison Gibbs

    Such wonderful news about William and Kate.
    So sweet that she now wears sweet Diana’s ring.

  10. Blondie's Journal

    I was so hoping that Will would pop the question. I like Kate and think she has what it takes to be queen. And she is very chic.

    How lucky it was that you got to meet Princess Diana. I was also in awe of her, being the same age. I was up early to watch the wedding and I cried for days when she died. I agree with you, we need a fairy tale again.


  11. Bonnie@Creative Decorating

    I am in awe that you got to meet Diana. I remember so well when she got married. We were up to watch it, too. I was in high school and just saved anything and everything about her. She had two boys and then I had two boys. I think it was the saddest day to me also when she died. I just couldn’t believe it. How I cried for those two boys and thinking how would my little guys survive if I were taken.

    I am so happy to see William to be happy. It seems he has carried on so well and strong after losing his mother. I hope Kate is the princess he deserves!!

    Sorry, I will quit babbling on now!!!

  12. cityfarmer

    I will never forget that day …
    tall, is one word that comes to mind … tall and posed and full of charm ….

    miss u Di

  13. Homemaker Ang

    i have been meaning to tell you for eons that i too am a di fan… have been for forever! have all her picture books and more.

    i too got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch her funeral on our little b and w tv with tin foil on the antenna ears with my momma.

    sadly i also go up in the wee hours to watch her funeral… this time with my little girls…

    my mom and i are already planning to watch the wedding at a hotel or something, make it fun and a tradition…

    AND lady di’s gowns, wedding dress, tiara and more ARE RIGHT HERE IN GR at the art museum and we are going to visit it! i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Tamra

    Wow! What an experience! Please do tell what led up to that meeting and picture, I’m sure it’s a great story.

  15. Ashley DeLen

    My first short hair cut was in honor of princess Di. Funny my hair is cut the some length now as it was then ;O)

    Don’t you know that it will be a lovely wedding!! I just pray that they have a happier ending…

  16. myletterstoemily

    i was smitten with her too, especially when
    she walked out with her first baby and
    acted just like a really mommy should.

  17. Julie

    That’s great that you got to meet her.

    I was just a few months away from my 20th birthday when I watched Diana’s wedding. I wanted to be like her (without the marriage to Charles though; sorry but he has always made my skin crawl) and tried to dress just like her. I remember buying dresses that I thought looked like something she would wear. I must have looked utterly ridiculous, though, walking around my college campus wearing cute floral dresses, white hosiery and low heeled pumps.(Good thing I didn’t wear the hats)

    Don’t feel silly for crying when she died. A lot of people did. What a tragedy that she died so young.

  18. Adrienne

    I almost hate to say this buuuuut — I was 35 when Diana married Charles (the creep!) My Mom was quite ill with cancer and lived with us. At that time we lived in Arizona and we had to get up at 2 or 3 am to watch the wedding. Of course, attending a royal wedding meant dressing up so we donned gloves and hats and sat on her bed in our jams and watched the wedding.

    I’ll never forget my husband waking up and standing in the door to my Mom’s bedroom taking in the spectacle of the two of us in jams, big hats, and gloves (drinking tea) watching the wedding. He just shook his head and went back to bed.

    My Mom died the following year. I miss her still and I miss Diana, too.

  19. Jenny

    What a treasure that you got to meet Princess Di. It makes my heart ache to think of her tortuous marriage whose painful growing pains was done before all of us to criticize and comment on (I cannot imagine trying to live out your personal life under a microscope). Though vulnerable, she had to have been a tower of strength to have kept her poise in most instances,and to have raised two boys, who even in the royal limelight have shown themselves to be in her way compassionate, levelheaded and personalble. The ring is the ultimate fitting tribute to the memory of their mother Diana. I also heard it mentioned that Prince Harry actually had the ring up until Will was going to pop the question and handed it over to Will knowing that it should be worn by the future Queen of England as it was intended (tears). Your pic is fantastic and it is a treat even just to hear of your experience. I too remember being in my pajamas, albeit a little older, and watching with my grandma who was celebrating her own anniversary with my grandpa on that same July day. And I agree with Stephanie above, I was pleased to see Kate, a natural brunette beauty by his side.

  20. Jenn V

    How amazing that you were able to meet her!

    I was very excited to hear the news, too. We all need a little fairy tale in our life! This takes me back to when I watched the Princess Diana wedding at my grandmother’s house as a little girl.

    And I thought it was so beautiful that he gave Kate his mother’s ring. Oh–*tears!

  21. Harvest Moon

    You made me tear up when I read your post. It is wonderful that they are engaged. What a lucky girl to be wearing that ring, an honor. I have loved Diana too…watched her wedding and cried terribly when she passed. So very lucky you are to have met her.

  22. sassykat1213

    I was nursing my baby this morning when I saw video footage of her wearing Diana’s ring–it made me happy and sad at the same time!

  23. Riviera Wedding Planner

    I love Wills and Kate. How lucky you got meet Princess Diana. I cried when she passed and also when they showed Princess Diana engagement ring.


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