FOR ANYONE WHO SPOTTED THE EXUBERANT Princess of Wales romping with sons William, 9, and Harry, 7, at Easter, it was easy to forget that she had lost her father on March 29. Although in recent weeks Diana had looked pale as she soldiered through public engagements, she came to life over the holidays when she led an expedition to a theme park in Surrey.
Diana and the Princes shrieked happily as they braved such stomach-churning rides as Logger’s Leap. After getting drenched on a water slide, Di “dissolved into tears of laughter,” as one bystander put it. “They looked as if they were having a smashing time,” said another parkgoer. “I just wonder why Charles didn’t come.”
In fact, the Prince spent the same morning at Windsor Castle, where the family gathered, and then saw the Queen Mum at nearby Royal Lodge. Sniped the Sunday Mirror: “That was as much excitement as he could handle.”
Aside from Di’s outing, levity was in short supply chez Windsor: A somber Andrew was on hand, but the errant Fergie (who apparently reclaimed Bea and Eugenie after they visited) was absent. On Sunday, the family (including prospective divorcée Anne) were on best behavior at St. George’s Chapel. Following Di’s example, even rambunctious Wills proved a trooper. As the Queen Mum, 91, reached the deanery steps, he gallantly offered her his arm.