PRINCESS DIANA

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales whom she married on 29 July 1981.

She was the people’s Princess because she was also well known for her fund-raising work for international charities, and an eminent celebrity of the late 20th century.

Her wedding to the Prince of Wales, held at St Paul’s Cathedral and was seen by a global television audience of over 750 million.

The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, currently second and third in line to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms. 

On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris which also caused the death of her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

The sudden and unexpected death of an extraordinarily popular royal figure during the 90s brought statements from senior figures worldwide and many tributes by members of the public.

People left public offerings of flowers, candles, cards and personal messages outside Kensington Palace for many months.

Diana’s funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997 and was televised for the world to see. 

 

Elton John performed and rewritten a version of “Candle In The Wind” as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

It was released as a single and reached #1 in many countries, proving a much greater success than the original.

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