Princess Diana letters
A collection of letters from the late Princess Diana will be offered at Stroud Auction Rooms on April 12.

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Following Cheffins’ sale in January, Stroud Auction Rooms is offering letters that reveal details about the early days of her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

Among the lots, and thought to be rare and particularly telling, is a letter the Princess sent to personal secretary Jane Parsons during her honeymoon. Written on Royal Yacht Britannia crested paper and dated August 15th 1981, Princes Diana wrote: "The honeymoon was a perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep...."

The collection of letters from the Princess, who died 20 years ago this August, will be offered at auction at Stroud Auction Rooms on April 12.

The 25 lots also include a typed list of wedding gifts; dried flowers from the Princess's wedding bouquet; letters written following the birth of Prince William, as well as numerous thank you letters for presents, Christmas cards, photographs and invitations to numerous Royal events. 

There is also a typed list of the presents received after the birth of Prince William which included 4500 baby presents and records that 24,000 thank you letters were sent out by ladies in waiting.

‘Wishful thinking’

Also included is a letter on Kensington Palace crested paper dated July 5th, 1983, about her return from a royal tour of Australia. She wrote: "William recognised us instantly, which was a relief as sometimes children resent their parents leaving them! It's marvellous to be home again and hopefully we won't have to do any more travelling this year... Wishful thinking!"

Guide prices for the various lots range from £30-50 to £200-500.

The collection of Royal memorabilia offered at Cheffins of Cambridge in January comprised 42 lots, including six letters in Diana’s hand, and generated a £56,000 hammer total.