Who is Lady Eliza Spencer and her twin sister Lady Amelia Spencer, Diana’s nieces and the daughters of Charles Spencer

Lady Eliza Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer have found themselves in the spotlight this week, following the wedding of and .

The nieces of Diana, Princess Of Wales and the twin daughters of her younger brother, Charles Spencer 9th Earl Spencer, Eliza and Amelia – whose first name is actually Katya – are the first cousins of Prince Harry and Prince William.

Born on 10 July 1992, they are aged 25, and, like their siblings, they grew up in the Constantia area of Cape Town, South Africa.

They have a number of siblings thanks to their father’s three marriages.

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With their mother, Victoria Aitken, Charles , and son Louis, 24.

Due to British primogeniture law, Louis is the heir apparent to his father’s earldom, given he is his first son, not Kitty.

has been dubbed as the ‘world’s most eligible bachelor’ now is married.

Charles and Victoria were married from 1989 to 1997. He then married Caroline Freud in 2001, having children Edmund Charles Spencer, 14, and Lady Lara Spencer, 11.

Their marriage ended in 2007, with Charles then marrying Karen Spencer, now Countess Spencer, in 2011.

Together, they have one daughter, Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer, five.

Eliza and Amelia grew up with their sister and brother in Cape Town, South Africa.

Eliza was pictured on Lord Althorp’s arm at the royal wedding on Saturday, but it’s understood Amelia did not attend.

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to Diana at their royal wedding

and ensured Diana, Princess Of Wales was included in their wedding celebrations in a series of touching tributes.

The couple had made no secret of their plan to involve some heartfelt nods to Lady Diana – the mother of Prince Harry and Prince William – on their wedding day.

From the flowers to their wedding reading to Meghan‘s jewellery, there were discreet touches from start to finish.

Here is a roundup of all of the ways Harry and Meghan have honoured Diana, Princess Of Wales at their wedding…

The engagement ring

Prince Harry designed Meghan Markle‘s engagement ring himself, using diamonds which belonged to his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

There are two brilliant cut outside stones of around 0.75ct each which came from the late princess’ personal collection. At the centre of the ring is a large, cushion cut diamond of around 3.5cts from Botswana, a country that holds special significance for Harry, who has visited many times since he was a child.

It is also a place where the couple had spent time together over the last year and a half, Kensington Palace said.

Like his grandfather, Harry opted against using a coloured gemstone in Meghan‘s engagement ring.

Jeweler Cleave And Company created Meghan’s stunning three-stone engagement ring with Harry. And they vowed they , saying in the aftermath of Harry and Meghan‘s engagement: ‘We’re not going to be making replicas of it. If you want a ring, then we’ll design you a different one.’

Of Meghan‘s wedding ring, Deborah Papas commented: ‘We are yet to see what ring Meghan’s will be but all the aforementioned have been simple plain bands and if followed, would match very well with the yellow gold shank part of Meghan’s engagement ring.

‘However, Meghan has her own desires of jewellery from Canadian jeweller Birks, so will she have a ring made by them? Whatever is chosen, I am sure it will complement the beautiful three diamond engagement ring but I suspect it will be a plain band of Welsh gold of similar width the engagement ring shank. After all, that is all that ring needs.‘

It is expected to be worth around £250,000. While a monetary value can be estimated by gemologists, as with all of the royal engagement rings – considering the history and the owners of the stunning pieces – their real value is surely priceless.

 

The other ring

 was later seen wearing one of Diana‘s rings as the newlyweds celebrated their marriage at their evening reception.

A huge emerald-cut cocktail ring could be spotted on the bride‘s finger as she and waved to onlookers from their Jaguar.

The piece was a gift from her new husband as his mother left her jewellery collection to her sons Harry and William‘s ‘future wives‘.

In a ‘letter of wishes‘, penned before her death, Diana said: ‘I would like you to allocate all my jewellery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it.

‘I leave the exact division of the jewellery to your discretion.‘

Diana was pictured wearing the blue ring to an auction of her own wardrobe in 1997.

The piece is part of a set, including a matching bracelet and earrings, but it‘s unknown if she received the rest.

 

The flowers

Harry and Meghan planned a nod to Diana during their wedding ceremony in the form of their chosen flowers.

Floral designer Philippa Craddock was , responsible for creating the church arrangements at St George’s Chapel.

And it is these displays which allowed Harry and Meghan to offer a subtle nod to the late Diana, who died on 31 August 1997 in a fatal car crash in Paris.

The displays featured white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.

Diana‘s favourite flowers were white garden roses and as well as being used in the church arrangements, they were used in Meghan‘s bouquet.

In fact, Harry handpicked some of the flowers for Meghan‘s bouquet himself, including Forget-Me-Nots in memory of his late mother.

For the 20th anniversary of Diana‘s tragic death, the White Garden was opened at Kensington Palace as a temporary tribute to Harry and William‘s mother. It featured a vast array of white garden roses.

 

The veil

The Duchess of Sussex‘s long veil was compared to Diana‘s famous Elizabeth Emanuel veil from her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles.

It could be that Meghan made the decision to have a long veil as a fitting tribute to Harry‘s mother‘s design.

 

Diana‘s siblings

Harry and Meghan involved all three of Diana‘s siblings in their big day.

A statement released by Kensington Palace in the lead up to their wedding read: ‘In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as Best Man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother‘s family in his wedding.‘

Meghan and Harry invited all three of her siblings – Charles Spencer, 53, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 63, and Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes, 61 – to the day.

Lady Fellowes gave the reading during the service at St George‘s Chapel.

The statement added: ‘Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.‘

 

The reading

The reading about a mother‘s love for her son – a fitting choice for Harry.

She read from the Song of Solomon 2.10-13; 8.6,7, referred to as My Beloved Speaks, as Harry.and Meghan watched from their seats.

My Beloved Speaks from the Song of Solomon

My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle dove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.’

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If one offered for love
all the wealth of one’s house,
it would be utterly scorned.

 

Diana‘s hymn

Harry and Meghan chose to have the hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer at their wedding, which was played at Diana‘s funeral in 1997.

Powerful images show Prince Harry with his head bowed and appearing to wipe away a tear as the gospel choir gave a rendition of Diana‘s favourite hymn.

Meghan was likely aware of the poignancy of the moment, as she grasped the prince’s hand throughout the song.

 

The charity wedding presents

Instead of wedding presents, Harry and Meghan asked their guests to make a charity donation to one of their chosen charities.

Two of their selected charities focused on helping children dealing with AIDS and HIV and homelessness, which were both causes very close to Diana‘s heart.

 

The empty seat

Eagle-eyed royal fans will have noticed that a seat was left empty next to Prince William during the ceremony at St George‘s Chapel.

It had been speculated that this was Prince Harry‘s way of including his mum in the ceremony, leaving a seat for Diana next to her oldest son.

However, it is likely this is just speculation as it is also custom for nobody to sit in front of the Queen to prevent her view from being blocked.

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