Lady Diana Spencer’s Background
Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961. She is the youngest daughter of the Spencer family. Despite being a royal descendant of King Charles II of England, Diana had a normal childhood. She attended Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School from 1966 to 1974. From 1974 to 1977, Diana attended West Heath School near Sevenoaks. Diana Spencer attended a finishing school called Institut Alpin Videmanette for a year.
Diana met Prince Charles in 1977, but a romantic relationship didn’t start until 1980. On July 26, 1981 Diana married Prince Charles and became the Princess of Wales. Despite a fairytale beginning and wedding, the couple’s marriage did not last. Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996.
The Right Formula to Be the People’s Princess
It’s true that Diana came from a family of privilege, yet this did not go to her head. She wore jeans and partied at clubs like a young woman out on her own should. Diana loved her father and her friends. She always sympathized with the less fortunate and she loved children. Princess Diana had a talent for relating to real people, not socialites. Diana was a princess before she married Prince Charles because she had a heart that no amount of money could buy.
Why Diana Was and Always Will Be the People’s Princess
As Diana grew in popularity after the royal marriage, she realized that she could use it to help the misfortunate. Members of the royal family always participated in charities. However, Diana was different because she became involved and invested. Not only did Princess Diana give speeches, she personally visited the sick and shut in. Diana gave them hope when it was in short supply. Princess Diana helped over a hundred charities. After a while, Diana realized that in order to make a real difference she had to narrow her focus. Princess Diana resigned as president or patron from numerous charities, but remained involved with six, which were Royal Marsden NHS Trust, National AIDS Trust, Great Ormond St. Hospital, International Red Cross, The Leprosy Mission, and Centrepoint Soho.
Princess Diana’s Most Courageous Charity Moment
The People’s Princess traveled to Angola as a guest of the International Red Cross to view firsthand how the landmines left from the war were devastating civilians. Princess Diana threw her life into the wind as she walked the dangerous land in Angola. She angered government ministers when she joined the International Red Cross in the fight of banning landmines. Junior Defense Minister, Earl Howe, said that Princess Diana was a loose cannon who was ill informed about landmines. The princess ignored all of the flack and continued working towards landmine banishment.
The Death of the People’s Princess
On a late summer night, a gang of photographers chased Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed. The chase ended in a fatal car crash. Doctors at La Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital desperately tried to save her, but their actions failed. Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997 at 3:57 a.m.
Princess Diana’s death shocked and grieved the world. Thousands paid tribute to Diana by placing flowers and cards outside of the palace. Thousands turned out to watch the funeral procession.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin re-created the song, Candle in the Wind, as a tribute to Princess Diana. Candle in the Wind was originally written in 1973 in honor of Marilyn Monroe. Elton John sang Candle in the Wind at Diana’s funeral.
Princess Diana lives on in the hearts of her children and her charities. Diana may be gone, but the legacy she left behind will never be forgotten.
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