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Diana's last official letter 'an important historical document'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The head of antiques at Fellows Auctioneers, Mark Huddlestone, said it was an 'important historical document'.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It is an incredibly important historical document.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.

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 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.


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

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.