Princess Diana letter auctioned in Birmingham

Princess Diana's last official letter - written less than three weeks before she died - has been sold at auction in Birmingham.

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Diana's last official letter 'an important historical document'

Princess Diana's last official letter is to go under the hammer today at an auction in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

The head of antiques at Fellows Auctioneers, Mark Huddlestone, said it was an 'important historical document'. It is expected to sell for up to £3,000.

The letter is moving not only because of its heartfelt message but also because it would have been the last ever written by her.

It is an incredibly important historical document. Diana was much loved, not just in Britain but around the world.


Princess Diana's last letter to be sold today

Last letter from Princess Diana to be sold at auction in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media

Princess Diana's last official letter - written less than three weeks before she died - is to be auctioned off in Birmingham later today.

The hand signed note on Kensington Palace-headed paper, was sent to humanitarian campaigner Dilys Cheetham on August 11th 1997, thanking her for delivering aid to refugee camps in Bosnia.

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997 Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The Princess died just weeks later, on August 31st, in a Paris car crash and had not long returned from a three day visit to Bosnia as part of her crusade against land mines.

"There was not enough time for me to visit the Mostar area while I was in Bosnia but I was able to visit a number of anti-personnel landmine victims and their families, I could not help but be deeply moved by the experience...

... The trip hardened my resolve to ensure the world does not forget that those who have been so needlessly maimed by these terrible weapons will need care and support for many years to come"

It is expected to fetch up to £3,000 when it goes under the hammer at Jewellery Quarter-based Fellows Auctioneers today.

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