Princess Diana of Wales signing British Sign Language

Princess Diana of Wales is lovingly remembered for her learning British Sign Language (BSL) and presenting it in public. Her signing was natural and beautiful that reflects her beauty.

Diana joined British Deaf Association (BDA) to become its patron and learned BSL in 1983. She signed BSL to 800 delegates at a BDA conference in Brighton, East Sussex, in 1990. She also often visited deaf schools.

Diana has been an inspiration to Deaf community worldwide for her compassion, kindness, and charity work. She was not alone. Past royal members have been known to learn and communicate in sign language and/or fingerspelling. For example, Queen Victoria communicated in sign language and fingerspelling with Princess Alice of Battenberg who was deaf).

The video clips below show one of the BSL teachers and mentors who share his experience working with Diana.

Further readings

"Princess Diana gets the message across". The Free Lance-Star August 10, 1990. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19900810&id=VPtEAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BowDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5722,1619566

"Deaf History: Princess Alice of Battenberg" http://underthehill.wordpress.com/2007/07/15/7-15-2007-deaf-history-princess-alice-of-battenberg/

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