Princess Diana’s bike for sale: Raleigh two-wheeler whose aides said was ‘unsuitable’ for senior royal family member expected to fetch £ 20,000 at auction
- Princess Diana rode the 1970s Raleigh Traveler through London as a teenage nanny
- It was called the ‘shame bike’ and sold because it was considered ‘unfit for a princess’
- The bike last sold for £ 9,000 in 2018 and is now expected to fetch £ 20,000 at auction
It was a symbol of her youthful freedom – and then of the restrictions she faced when she joined the royal family.
Now Princess Diana’s beloved 1970s blue bicycle, which she used to cycle through London as a single woman, is expected to fetch £ 20,000 at auction.
She used the 1970s Raleigh Traveler while working as a teenage nanny in Kensington before marrying Prince Charles in 1981.
Princess Diana seen with the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry on a bicycle tour in Tresco, the Isles of Scilly
Princess Diana’s beloved 1970s blue bicycle, which she rode through London as a single woman, is expected to fetch £ 20,000 at auction
However, it was dubbed the ‘shame bike’ and sold after Diana’s royal advisers deemed it ‘unfit for a princess’.
She was ordered to quit after the engagement was announced and quietly sold the bike to a friend’s father.
He stored it in a garage for 27 years before selling it for just £ 211 in 2008.
The three-speed bike, with 26-inch wheels and the frame-mounted pump, last sold in 2018 for £ 9,200.
The three-speed bike, which has 26-inch wheels and the frame-mounted pump, last sold in 2018 for £ 9,200
It will be auctioned online later this month by Burstow & Hewett from Sussex.
It read, “This item is a famous symbol of Diana’s oppression. Something she liked to take away – and control her public performance. ‘
It added that the demand for royal memorabilia had skyrocketed in recent years.