A police sergeant helped the princess give her son a memorable birthday party.
Princess Diana won peoples' hearts wherever she went. She was always considerate and showed people that she valued them no matter who they were. Her involvement in multiple charity organizations was proof of how aware she was of global issues beyond her country and how she particularly focused on empowering vulnerable communities. While this reveals her philanthropic side, she also knew how to have a good time, spread cheer, and also make individuals, who crossed lives with her, feel special and valued.
Everyone who had met her often recalls how she always went out of the way to make people feel welcomed and valued. A newly revealed handwritten letter by Princess Diana reveals this sensitive side of her.
The touching letter that also included scrawled signatures from young Princes William and Harry, according to Daily Mail. The letter is a sweet note from Lady Diana to a police sergeant thanking him for giving a special treat to her elder son on his birthday.
While she made time to play with her sons regularly and also taught them to be kind and caring towards others, she went all out and made grand gestures for her sons on their birthdays. For William's 7th birthday, she threw a party for her sons and all their friends at the palace. Since her boys were crazy about motorbikes, a motorbike display was arranged for all the kids. Knowing how special these moments are and how precious memories like this will last a lifetime, Diana wanted to personally thank the police sergeant who helped put on the motorbike display. William, 7, and Harry, 4, also scrawled their names at the end of the letter. This gesture is also a great way to teach her sons that it is important to show appreciation for people's efforts.
Sergeant George Plumb of the Metropolitan Police and the Special Escort Group had put on an amazing show for William, Harry, and their friends in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 1989. Written on official Kensington Palace paper, the letter dated 21 June 1989, was sent to Scotland Yard’s elite Close Protection Group, according to Harper's Bazaar.
"Dear Sgt Plumb, It was so very kind of you and your team to have come here today on William’s birthday," the princess wrote. "I cannot begin to tell you what pleasure the display gave to all those little people and their mothers!"
"I know how particularly busy you all are at the moment, so it meant even more to us that you and the motorbike boys were able to take part in the birthday celebrations! This comes with our warmest possible thanks. Yours sincerely Diana, William, Harry," it continued.
When the display was arranged, there were public transport workers' strikes in London, which affected the rail, underground, and bus services. Her comment that they were "busy" refers to this, according to Daily Mail.
Currently put on sale by William George Auctions of Peterborough, the bid for the letter stands at £8,000. There is another letter in the auction about the incident, but it's not written by the princess. Instead, it's from her lady-in-waiting, Ann Beckwith-Smith, says Harper's Bazaar.
The princess' close associate wrote to Plumb’s boss—Chief Superintendent Wigglesworth, saying, "The Princess of Wales was enormously grateful to Sgt. Plumb and his team for ensuring that Prince William’s seventh birthday was such a very special occasion and the display was enjoyed by grown-ups and children alike."
"Her Royal Highness was particularly grateful to the ‘team’ for being able to fit this is on a day already full of official engagements, which was not helped by the rail, underground and bus strike," she continued. "It was greatly appreciated and I would be grateful if special thanks could be passed to all concerned, but especially Sgt. Plumb."
The princess' boys loved motorbikes and this display may have increased their interest further. In later years, both of them had purchased bikes for their personal use. William owned a Ducati 1198s and Harry a Ducati 848—with top speeds of 180mph and 166mph, respectively, according to Daily Mail. In 2008, the brothers had taken part in a motorcycle rally that was conducted across Africa to raise money for multiple charities including Sentebale, which was co-founded by Prince Harry. The princess's younger son also found Sentebale to be a safe space, where he revealed his feelings about how he was struggling with the media's treatment of his family and even hinted at making an exit from the royal household during his last visit there.