Princess Diana1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997 By Shannon Allen
Early Life• Diana Spencer was born on the 1st of July 1961, in Norfolk.• She had two elder sisters, Jane and Sarah, and a younger brother, Charles.• At the age of seven, Diana was sent to Riddlesworth Hall, an all-girls boarding school• She did not shine academically and failed all her O- levels having tried twice.• After school, she worked in London, first as a nanny, occasionally a cook, and then as an assistant at the Young England kindergarten in Knightsbridge.
Marraige• Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981.• They married at St.Paul’s Cathedral when Diana was twenty.• The wedding was watched by a global television audience of 750 million while 600,000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Diana on the way to the ceremony .• There were 3,500 people in the congregation at St Pauls Cathedral• After the ceremony, the couple went to Buckingham Palace for a dinner for 120.
Charity Work• As Princess of Wales she was expected to regularly make public appearances to hospitals, schools and other facilities.• She was the patroness of charities and organisations working with the homeless, youth, drug addicts and the elderly.• From 1989, she was President of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.• The day after her divorce, she announced her resignation from over 100 charities to spend more time with the remaining six.• During her final year, Diana lent highly visible support to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a campaign won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, only a few months after her death.
Children• On 21 June 1982, the Princess gave birth to her and the Princes first son and heir, William Arthur Philip Louis, in a private Wing of St Marys Hospital, Paddington.• A second son, Henry Charles Albert David, was born two years after William, on 15 September 1984. She was aware their second child was a boy, but did not share the knowledge with anyone else, including the Prince of Wales.
Divorce• In December 1995, the Queen asked the Prince and Princess of Wales for "an early divorce“ after Diana’s controversial interview for BBC on the show Panorama, in which she said ‘there were three’ people in their marraige.• On 20 December 1995, Buckingham Palace publicly announced the Queen had sent letters to the Prince and Princess of Wales advising them to divorce.• The Prince immediately agreed with the suggestion. In February, the Princess announced her agreement to the divorce after negotiations with the Prince and representatives of the Queen.• The divorce was finalised on 28 August 1996.• Diana received a lump sum settlement of around £17 million along with a clause standard in royal divorces preventing her from discussing the details of the divorce.
Death• On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de lAlma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the death of her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Hotel Ritz Paris.• Dianas funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. The previous day Queen Elizabeth II had paid tribute to her in a live television broadcast