It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the death of Princess Diana. She died in a horrific car accident in Paris on 31 August 1997. She was chased by paparazzi and the media, and unfortunately, her driver (who was intoxicated at the time of the accident) crashed in a tunnel in Paris, France. Princess Diana led a great life and she set an example for everyone else in the royal family that followed after her.
She Was the Most Famous Woman in the World
For much of her life (which ended too soon) and according to many different people, Princess Diana was the most famous woman in the world. Even today, years from her death, she is fondly remembered in every country in the world.
She Had Royal Blood Even Before Marrying Into the Royal Family
Since Diana did not have a royal title before marrying into the royal many don't know that she actually had royal blood even before marrying Prince Charles. Princess Diana can trace her royal lineage back to Mary Queen of Scots.
This Year Marks 20 Years from Her Death
It is incredible how fast time flies by. This year (2017) marks 20 years from the death of Princess Diana. She died in a tragic car accident in a tunnel in Paris, France. Many people have wondered how Princess Diana would look like today.
Her Weeding Was a Global Event
Princess Diana married into the royal family on Wednesday 29 July 1981. Her husband was Prince Charles, and their wedding was a truly global event - it was transmitted around the whole world before the Internet and wireless connectivity was widely available.
The Wedding Was Watched By Almost 1 Billion People
According to the statistics available from that time, the royal wedding between Princess Diana and Prince Charles was watched by 750 million people - that is almost 1 billion people or 1/5th of the world's population at that time.
She Is a Perfect Example of Grace and Integrity
Although Princess Diana was non-stop in the public eye and always chased by paparazzi and the media, she was always a humble and down to earth person. She is, according to many, the perfect example of grace and integrity that the world needs.
She Struggled With Depression and Bulimia
Princess Diana always had a knack for making the headlines. She made worldwide news after voicing her struggle against both bulimia and depression. She said that she developed these serious conditions just a week after her engagement to Prince Charles.
She Was One of the First to Promote HIV/AIDS Charities
Back in the 80s and 90s, it was still taboo and socially unacceptable to talk about diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Princess Diana was one of the worst celebrities in the world to openly talk about these deadly conditions and to even promote charities that cared for patients with these diseases.
Her Engagement Ring Is an Heirloom
Today, 20 years after her death, her spirit and heirlooms are still with us. In fact, her engagement ring went to her son (after her death), who eventually gave it to his future wife, Kate Middleton. Kate must have been honored by this gesture.
Her Boys Attended Preschool outside the Royal Palace
You can easily see how humble and full of integrity Princess Diana was - she even had her boys attend a public preschool so that they can learn how to have a "normal life." Most other royal members have preschool in the royal palace.
She Took Her Kids to Goodwill Trips and Disneyland
She was so down to earth in the upbringing of her kids, that she even took them with her to goodwill trips (where she helped the poor and homeless), as well as on a trip to Disneyland. She wanted to teach her children about all aspects of life.
She Was In a Car Accident
The above photo is of the Mercedes S280 that Princess Diana had her accident in. You can see how severe the wreck is - it is truly sad how her reign as Princess and time on Earth was cut short by this horrific accident.
Her Last Words
The first to arrive on the scene were firefighters. They said that Princess Diana was still conscious when they came close to her, and her last words before losing consciousness were "Oh my God, what's happened?" They also said that she was visibly agitated.
She Was Stripped of Her Title
Before her death, Princess Diana was stripped of her royal title because she divorced her husband, Prince Charles in 1996. That event didn't stop millions of people from mourning her death - just look at the above photo how many flowers were placed by mourners in the UK.
This is Princess Diana If She Would Be Alive Today
The above photo was generated by a computer-aided aging process and shows a high probability photo of how Princess Diana would have looked like today if she were alive. She would have been 56 years old, meaning she appears that she would have aged with grace.
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