Princess Diana's Ford Escort, gifted to her by Prince Charles, up for sale

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Princess Diana's silver 1981 Ford Escort Ghia saloon, which was gifted to her by Prince Charles as an engagement gift just two months before their wedding, is being sold.

Diana drove the car until August 1982, before it was sold to a private owner. Now, a "great admirer" of the princess, who largely kept the vehicle in pristine condition in a garage, is letting go of the treasure.

In a personal touch, People reports, the car also had a sweet detail: a silver frog mascot – a copy of a wedding gift to Diana from her sister, Lady Sarah Spencer. The frog symbolised the fairy tale story of the girl who would kiss a frog and turn him into a prince.

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A leaping frog hood ornament on the Ford Escort car owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, which was given to her as an engagement present from Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. The mascot is thought to reference the fairytale 'The Frog Prince' about the girl who kisses a frog and he turns into a Prince.

Lewis Rabett from Reeman Dansie auctioneers, says he believes the vehicle will sell for up to $55 000 (R745 000) on 29 June. Having been in the car himself, he adds: "It was very surreal to sit behind the wheel and think who would have been there at an early part of her life when she was young and before she went on to do all that she did in her unfortunately very short life."  

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Princess Diana in her Ford Escort would often sit and watch Prince Charles playing polo at Windsor.
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Princess Diana driving her Ford Escort on a visit to St Mary's School in Tetbury. In the passenger seat is her police bodyguard, Graham Smith.

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