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Biography

Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor

 

Her character:

Although the Princess was famous for her style and was closely related to the world of fashion, sponsoring and elevating the profile of younger British designers, she was best known for her charitable work. To this day, Diana remembered as "The People's Princess" not only due to her contribution to increasing the awareness for AIDS and the fight for human rights, making a huge success in touching many people's lives, but also because of her open to all marriage to Prince Charles, 13 years her senior.

The image of the nearly perfect, adored woman shattered when the marriage between Charles and Diana ended. It is occurred later on, that she suffered a great deal of pain while they were together, concluding with bulimia-nervosa, post-natal depression and several suicide attempts. After the marriage was officially over, it was sensationalized by the media. Both sides responded only through friends, accusing each other of demising the relationship by adultery. Then Diana went on with her life and dated numerous men, although she still stayed a member of the Royal Family and was third in line to the throne.

To the public's eyes, Diana embodied the fairy-tale princess, who didn't have wealth and came from a ruined family, but still managed to marry a prince. The Princess was the first Englishwoman to marry an heir to the throne for 300 years. Diana symbolized the shreds of what was left of the legendary role of a princess, who lives a perfect life, fulfils her royal duties and helps the poor and helpless. And even when the fairy-tale ended, the prince and princess got divorced and the princess died in a car crash, she had the vast people's admiration for their "The Queen of Hearts".

 

- Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the -knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Princess Diana

 

Important influence:

Diana's parents divorced over her mother's, Lady Althorp, adultery. After her parents' divorce in 1967, six-year-old Diana moved to her family's sixteenth-century ancestral home of Althorp with her father, Lord Althorp, her two elder sisters and younger brother. Then Diana attended several schools, including one in Switzerland, where she was a talented amateur pianist, excelled in sports and reportedly longed to be a ballerina. She left school after Easter term in 1978, and moved to London. There, she worked as a nanny and as a teacher in a kindergarten, which probably helped creating her strong bond to children.

Prince Charles and Diana met in November 1977, when the Prince was invited over for a weekend at Althorp. From him, Diana gave birth to two boys, William and Henry. She also had seventeen godchildren and was the patron of over 100 charities.

After her marriage, The Princess of Wales quickly became involved in the official duties of the Royal Family.

 

Important dates and events:

July 1st, 1961 – Date of birth

February 24th, 1981 – Annunciation of engagement to Prince Charles of Wales

July 29th, 1981 – Marriage to Prince Charles of Wales

June 21st, 1982 – Birth of first son, Prince William

September 15th, 1984 – Birth of second and youngest son, Prince Henry (commonly referred to as Harry)

August 26th, 1996 – Divorce and end of marriage

August 31st, 1997 – Date of death

 

Achievements:

Diana contributed to changing the public opinion of AIDS sufferers and served as an International Red Cross VIP volunteer in Angola. Also, she visited landmine survivors in hospitals and attended mine awareness education classes about the dangers of mines. Diana was highly praised for her influence on the singing of "The Ottawa Treaty" by the governments of the UK and other nations on December 1997, after her death, which created an international ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0697740/bio

http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/page157.asp