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School backed by Diana reopens thanks to campaign

A school which faced permanent closure almost two decades ago will be officially reopened today - thanks to villagers who raised more than £2 million towards the running costs.

The Priors School in Priors Marston, Warwickshire, had to become independent in 1996 after the local education authority decided to withdraw funding - but because it would not charge pupils, it struggled to survive.

Princess Diana lent her support to The Priors School when it was first threatened by closure in 1996
Princess Diana lent her support to The Priors School when it was first threatened by closure in 1996 Credit: John Stillwell/PA

But a campaign launched in support of the school soon gathered pace thanks to the 650 people living in the area - and even attracted the support of Princess Diana.

Today, her brother Earl Spencer will officially open the new school after a £1m revamp.

Herefordshire woman helps experts discover Prince William's Indian DNA - full report

by Chris Halpin

Now it's only a month until a new name will be added to the Royal Family tree, but today a secret's been revealed about Prince William's heritage.

Experts studying the family line on his mother's side have uncovered something quite surprising, thanks to the involvement of one the Prince's distant cousins here in the Midlands. Chris Halpin reports.

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Diana exhibition to close

The late Princess Diana Credit: Press Association

An exhibition chronicling the life of Princess Diana is set to close next year.

The collection at Althorp House, the Spencer family home, features more than 150 personal objects including her Emanuel wedding dress.

Having raised more than £1.2m to help disadvantaged people around the world, it will close in August 2014.

Following her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997, Diana's remains rest on an island in an ornamental lake known as The Oval within the grounds of the Althorp estate.

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