Diana, Princess of Wales
Princess Diana was born as Diana Spencer on July 1st, 1961 in Sandringham, England to Edward John Spencer and Frances Ruth Burke Roche. At 8 years old, Diana’s parents had gotten divorced and she was later sent to boarding school. She did well in athletics, music, and art and loved to care for the elderly and disabled. In 1975, when Diana was away, her father became the 8th Earl Spencer, which then made her Lady Diana.
When Diana was 16, she met Prince Charles, the son of Queen Elizabeth II. At 19, they met again and had started dating. On July 29th, 1981, Diana and Charles got married in London at St. Paul’s Cathedral. There she became Diana, Princess of Wales. Around 750 million people watched their televised wedding. On June 21st, 1982, almost a year after getting married, Diana had her first child, Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis. Two years later, she had Prince Henry Charles Albert David or Prince Harry, on September 14th, 1984. Diana and Charles’s marriage didn’t last long after Prince Harry was born. In 1992, the divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was announced and in 1996, it was finalized. They were married for over 10 years.
Princess Diana wasn’t just the Princess of Wales, she was also a Patron/President for over 100 humanitarianism charities. She is most known for working with children and her seven most known charities. The first charity is AIDS Charity Work. She donated and used her popularity/publicity to provide education on HIV/AIDS. There were many people who thought a person could get HIV/AIDS just by touching an infected one’s hand. Diana was one of the first public figures to prove this accusation wrong when she was photographed touching and holding patients that had HIV/AIDS. She also supported The National Aids Trust who worked to educate people, provide research, and encourage the fight against AIDS in a positive manner. Some have credited Diana with starting the path of publicly talking about AIDS and getting rid of the lie that was being associated with this disease.
The second charity was the work she did to help ban landmines. She was concerned because of the large amount of people, children in particular, that died from unused landmines during a war conflict. The third charity is the Centrepoint organization that takes homeless kids/teens off the streets and provides them with temporary shelter, help get an education, look for jobs, and seek counseling. Later, Prince William started helping with the charity as well. The fourth charity Diana supported was The English National Ballet. Due to her fascination with the arts; she became Patron of the company in 1989 until her death in 1997. The fifth charity is The Leprosy Mission. This organization works to provide medicine, treatment, and other services to stop Leprosy, which is a disease that affects the skin, eyes, and nose and can cause nerve damage to the point of not being able to feel anything. It’s mostly found in areas of poverty, overcrowding, and places with poor nutrition. The sixth and seventh charities Diana had supported were The Royal Marsden Hospital, who treated childhood cancers, and The Great Osmond Hospital for Children, who worked to treat rare and complicated diseases and injuries in children.
Princess Diana died in Paris, France on August 31st, 1997 due to a car crash. She was known as the “People’s Princess”. With time and devotion, she built a legacy that her sons now carry on.