|Name||Diana Frances Spencer|
, , United Kingdom
|| July 01, 1961
|Died||August 31, 1997
Dec 24, 2011 03:21pm
|Info||Lady Diana, Princess of Wales |
Diana, Princess of Wales is remembered for her devotion to all the causes she supported and in particular for her championing of hitherto "unpopular" causes - such as those suffering from HIV/AIDS; those afflicted by Leprosy and those whose lives had been devastated by landmines. She was not afraid to speak out and show her support of those marginalised by society by becoming actively involved in highlighting their plight. She reached out and gave comfort to those who were fortunate to meet her and inspired many others who watched her from afar.
Diana, Princess of Wales, the former Lady Diana Frances Spencer, was born on 1 July 1961, the daughter of the then Lord and Lady Althorp - now the late Earl Spencer and the Honourable Mrs Shand-Kydd. Her father, a former Captain in the Royal Scots Greys, was Equerry to the late King George VI and subsequently Queen Elizabeth II.
The Princess had two elder sisters and a younger brother. She was brought up at her father's house on the Queen's estate at Sandringham and then at the family home of Althorp in Northamptonshire. After attending Riddlesworth Hall and West Heath School in Kent she completed her education in Switzerland and then taught at a kindergarten in Central London.
On 29 July 1981, the Princess married The Prince of Wales at St Paul's Cathedral in London, the first Englishwoman to marry an heir to the throne for over 300 years. Their first son, William Arthur Philip Louis was born on 21 June 1982 and Henry Charles Albert David on 15 September 1984. Prince William and Prince Harry are second and third respectively in line of succession to the throne. The Prince and Princess of Wales were divorced on 28 August 1996. The Princess of Wales's London home was Kensington Palace where she used to be joined by her sons during their school holidays.
Humanitarian work always played an important part in the Princess's life both at home and abroad. Major overseas visits included Angola, Bosnia, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Australia and the United States of America. The Princess also visited many European countries including Italy where she met Mother Teresa in 1992.
The Princess's interests were reflected in the organisations of which she was Patron or President which included the Great Ormond Street for Sick Children in London and the Royal Marsden Hospital, which specialises in the treatment of cancer. Her Patronages also included Centrepoint, an organisation working with the homeless, The National Aids Trust and The Leprosy Mission. The Princess's love of the arts was underlined by her involvement as Patron of the English National Ballet. During her lifetime had been patron of an additional 100 charities.
On 31 August 1997 Diana was involved in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, along with her romantic companion Dodi Fayed, their driver Henri Paul, and Fayed's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.
Diana's death was greeted with extraordinary public grief, and her funeral at Westminster Abbey on 6 September drew an estimated 3 million  mourners in London, as well as worldwide television coverage. People in India watched the funeral, even as mourning started to sweep over their country following the passing of Mother Teresa the day before.
More than one million bouquets were left at her London home, Kensington Palace, while at her family's estate of Althorp the public was asked to stop bringing flowers, as the volume of people and flowers in the surrounding roads was causing a threat to public safety.