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Royal Family


Princess Diana

In Memoriam 1961-1997
Lady Diana Frances Spencer was a young woman when she wed Prince Charles becoming Her Royal Highness, Princess of Wales. Becoming part of the royal family would change her life and the lives of others forever. On July 29, 1981, a most memorable day in history, the fairy-tale wedding of these two young people took place. The princess was the 1st Englishwoman to marry an heir to the throne for some 300 years. A whirlwind of official duties of the royal family followed their marriage. Diana was no longer a schoolteacher. It was time for her to be a Princess. Her magnetic personality and serene eyes fascinated the people of the world. From the beginning she played a favourite role of the royal family in the eyes of the public. Her continuous devotion to helping others allowed the world to see and feel Diana’s warmth and sincerity. Her charitable work which included advocating compassion for HIV/AIDS patients, campaigns against the use of land mines, assisting the homeless and disabled, and working closely with children from all parts of the globe touched the hearts of many around the world. She quickly became one of the world’s most beloved and most photographed women. Diana’s ability to show love and concern for those in need helped to redefine the concept of a princess. Leaving the idea of regal remoteness behind, she bounded forward to get in touch with the human condition. During these times, while working closely with many walks of life, Diana’s main concern was her children Prince William (born June 21, 1982) and Prince Harry (born September 15, 1984). She was a wonderful mother. Her children were the light of her life. Unfortunately, in December 1992, due to marital differences, the Prince and Princess agreed to separate. One year later, she announced she would be limiting her public life in order to combine ‘a meaningful public role with a more private life.’ Over the next couple of years Diana still did what she could for the royal family and spent time with her cherished children. Then, suddenly and tragically, on August 31, 1997 the Princess of Wales died having succumbed to injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris, France. This heartbreaking news rapidly spread around the whole world. It was difficult for people to understand why such a promising woman with a great capacity for love and the ability to change the lives of many now ceased to be. Her funeral took place on September 6th and from there her coffin was taken to her family’s Althorp estate for a private interment. Diana was a woman of many people’s hearts and her image and memories will remain alive in the hearts of many for years to come.