Diana Spencer, Lady Di, People’s Princess, The Royal Rebel. She had many names throughout her life, but she was most commonly known around the world as Princess Diana.
On 31 August 1997 she died in a car crash in Paris. Global attention and mourning was extensive, and 2 billion people tuned in to her funeral on 6 September.
Diana was the wife of Prince Charles from 1981 until their divorce in 1996. Their relationship and eventual break-up drew enormous media scrutiny from around the globe.
She was often seen as a rebel in the royal family, going against traditional norms and often disobeying the strict fashion rules. Durning her wedding, even after Queen Elizabeth insisted on including that she would “obey” Prince Philip in their wedding vows, Diana chose to omit the line from their 1981 nuptials. Instead she promised to “love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health.” A very controversial decision at the time.
During her life she was a supporter of many charitable causes, notably land-mine clearance, AIDS, and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
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