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Remembering Princess Diana 1961-1997

Diana Princess of Wales died from serious injuries in the early hours of August 31 1997 after a terrible car crash in Paris. Her tragic death led to a huge outpouring of grief among the British people who are now remembering the beloved royal 20 years on. Ahead of the 20th annivesary of the Princess Diana's death next month, here is a look back at her life in pictures. 

Remembering Princess Diana
Remembering Diana: Her life in pictures

Princess Diana as a child in 1963
Diana as a child in 1963

Diana, Princess of Wales as a child 

This photograph shows the young Lady Diana Spencer in her pram at Park House on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk in 1963.

Diana grew up on estate but she moved to Althorp in Northamptonshire when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. 

Princess Diana as a young woman
Diana as a young woman in 1980

Diana, Princess of Wales as a young woman 

Diana, just 19, looks pensive and shy in this photograph taken at the kindergarden where she worked in Pimlico, London, in 1980. 

The future princess met Prince Charles at a garden party in 1977 through her older sister Sarah, who he was dating at the time. 


Princess Diana as a bride in 1981
Diana as a bride in July 1981

Diana, Princess of Wales as a bride

Prince Charles and Diana kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day on July 29 1981.

Crowds of people lined the streets in London and an estimated 750 million viewers watched the fairytale wedding on television. 


Princess Diana as a new mother
Diana as a new mother in 1982

Diana, Princess of Wales as a new mother 

The royal couple introduced their newborn son Prince William to the world from the steps of St Mary's Hospital in London in June 1982.

Diana gave birth to William’s younger brother Harry just over two years later in September 1984. 


Princess Diana
Diana as a fashion icon in 1989

Diana, Princess of Wales as a fashion icon

Diana is seen wearing the so-called Elvis dress, by fashion designer Catherine Walker, during a visit to Hong Kong in 1989.

A recent poll has named Diana as the the biggest style inspiration of all time.

Princess Diana's most iconic moments remembered

Princess Diana as a humanitarian figure
Diana as a humanitarian figure in 1991

Diana, Princess of Wales as a humanitarian figure

Diana shakes the hand of a patient suffering from Aids at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1991. 

She was famous for her humanitarian work and showing great compassion for those who were ill and in need. 

Princess Diana as a mother
Diana as a mother in 1993

Diana, Princess of Wales as a mother

Diana and her two son are seen laughing after going down the log flume at Thorpe Park theme park in 1993. 

Last week Prince William comforted a grieving boy and said: “I still miss my mother every day – and it’s 20 years after she died.” 

Princess Diana as a wife
Diana as a wife in 1992

Diana, Princess of Wales as a wife

This iconic image shows Diana sitting by herself at the Taj Mahal, while Prince Charles attended a business meeting Bangalore in February 1992.

The poignant photograph at the “monument of love” signalled that Diana and Charles were drifting apart. 

The royal couple announced their separation nine months later. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1996. 

Princess Diana as a divorcee
Diana as a divorcee in 1996

Diana, Princess of Wales as a divorcee

Diana cradles a sick child as she sits beside Jemima Khan at Imran Khan's cancer hospital in Pakistan in 1996.

Tributes to Princess Diana in 1997
Tributes to Diana in 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales as the people's princess

Mountains of flowers were left outside Diana’s home, Kensington Palace, after her tragic death.  

Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. 

Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "She was the people's princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and our memories for ever."

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