- NAME: Princess Diana
- OCCUPATION: Children's Activist, Princess
- BIRTH DATE: July 01, 1961
- DEATH DATE: c. August 31, 1997
- EDUCATION: Riddlesworth Hall, West Heath School, West Heath School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Sandringham, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France
- Originally: Diana Frances Spencer
- Full Name: Diana, Princess of Wales
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Princess Diana was Princess of Wales while married to Prince Charles. One of the most adored members of the British royal family, she died in a 1997 car crash.
With the birth of Prince William and later Prince Harry, Princess Diana was able to have new found happiness in her life.
On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. Her death at the age of 36 triggered a worldwide display of grief.
The "Wedding of the Century" took place on July 29th, 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became Diana, Princess of Wales. The wedding was watched on television by 750 million people worldwide.
When Prince Charles visited Althorp, the Spencer Family estate, he met a teenaged Diana, who was instantly smitten with the Prince.
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Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981. They had two sons and later divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash after trying to escape the paparazzi in Paris on the night of August 30, 1997.
"They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?"
"Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny."
"Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back."
"I'd like people to think of me as someone who cares about them."
“[A] voice said to me inside: 'You won't be Queen but you'll have a tough role.'”
“No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. I, for one, believe there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death. I share in your determination to cherish her memory.”
“[Th]e higher the media put you, place you, is the bigger the drop.”
“[H]ere was a fairy story that everybody wanted to work.”
“[W]hen people are dying they're much more open and more vulnerable, and much more real than other people.”
“I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts, in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being Queen of this country. I don't think many people will want me to be Queen.”
“Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
“[I]f you find someone you love in life you must hang on to it and look after it.”
“You know, people think that at the end of the day a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me.”
“I am a free spirit - unfortunately for some.”
“I think the biggest disease this world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved, and I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give - I'm very happy to do that and I want to do that.”
British royalty Princess Diana Spencer was born on July 1, 1961, near Sandringham, England. Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. She was the daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp (later known as the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd). Her parents divorced when Diana was young, and her father won custody of her and her siblings. She was educated first at Riddlesworth Hall and then went to boarding school at West Heath School.
She became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. Although she was known for her shyness growing up, she did show an interest in music and dancing. Diana also had a great fondness for children. After attending finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Switzerland, she moved to London. She began working with children, eventually becoming a kindergarten teacher at the Young England School.
Diana was no stranger to the British royal family, having reportedly played with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as a child while her family rented Park House, an estate owned by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, she became reacquainted with their older brother, Prince Charles, who was 13 years her senior.
As the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles was usually the subject of media attention and his courtship of Diana was no exception. The press and the public were fascinated by this seemingly odd couple—the reserved, garden-loving prince and the shy young woman with an interest in fashion and popular culture. When the couple married on July 29, 1981, the ceremony was broadcast on television around the world, with millions of people tuning in to see what many considered to be the wedding of the century.
On June 21, 1982, Diana and Charles had their first child: Prince William Arthur Philip Louis. He was joined by a brother, Prince Henry Charles Albert David—known widely as "Prince Harry"—more than two years later on September 15, 1984. Initially overwhelmed by her royal duties and the intense media coverage of nearly every aspect of her life, she began to develop and pursue her own interests. Diana served a strong supporter of many charities and worked to help the homeless, people living with HIV and AIDS and children in need.
Unfortunately, the fairy tale wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles did not lead to a happily-ever-after marriage. The two became estranged over the years, and there were reports of infidelities from both parties. During their union, Diana struggled with depression and bulimia.
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Prince Charles proposed to a young Lady Diana Spencer in February 1981, and the royal couple were married in July. The couple had two sons, William and Harry, but the relationship soon became troubled. Charles rekindled a romance with an old girlfriend, Camilla Parker-Bowles, who was also married. To the dismay of the royal family, Diana spoke to the press about Charles' infidelity, as well as her own self-destructive behavior. By the late 80s, Charles and Diana were effectively separated, and their divorce was made final in 1996.
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