Diana Spencer died 20 years ago, on August 31, 1997, from injuries she sustained in a car crash in Paris.
Diana 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.
Following her initial education at home, Diana attended Riddlesworth Hall School and then West Heath School. She became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975.
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.
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. The couple’s separation was announced in December 1992 by British Prime Minister John Major and the divorce was finalized in 1996.
Even after the divorce, Diana maintained a high level of popularity. She also continued to experience the negative aspects of fame, whipping the British tabloids into a frenzy when she began dating Egyptian film producer and playboy Dodi Fayed in 1997.
While visiting Paris, the couple was involved in a car crash after trying to escape from the paparazzi early in the morning of August 31, 1997. Dodi Fayed and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene; Diana initially survived the crash, but succumbed to her injuries at a Paris hospital a few hours later.
On the morning of September 6, Diana’s funeral procession commenced from Kensington Palace.
An estimated 2.5 million people tuned in on television to watch the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, which featured a powerful eulogy from Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer, and a performance from Elton John.
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