The Spencers had served the Royal Family for generations. All four of her great-aunts on the Spencer side became members of the Queen Mother's household and her father was equerry to both George VI and the Queen. After her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in , she became known as Lady Diana Spencer. Princess Diana's most iconic fashion moments How did she meet Prince Charles?
Lady Diana met Prince Charles at Althorp in ; she was 16 and he was The Prince and Princess both recalled later that the meeting could be seen as the first landmark on the road to their marriage three and a half years later.
This sparked the press' obsession with Diana, which would follow her until her death. But that did not stop the Archbishop of Canterbury commenting that the marriage was "the stuff of which fairytales are made". The wedding took place in front of a congregation of 2, and the largest worldwide television audience ever recorded at the time, some million people. Ian Jones What were her Royal duties? The Princess is also well known for her work with AIDS victims, children with Leukaemia and for the removal of landmines.
One of the most enduring images of her was taken on a visit to Angola in where she was photographed walking through a minefield cleared by The Halo Trust charity. Diana pictured in Angola where she walked through a recently cleared minefield. William's children George and Charlotte, who were born in and , were both born in the same wing. Diana was applauded as a refreshingly hands-on mother to the Royal children. She chose their nanny, schools and clothing, even taking them to school herself whenever she could.
When she was asked by the media what she had thought of the Taj Mahal, the Princess said: When asked about Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles - whom he met in and dated until - Diana famously quipped: Yes, I was in love with him.
But I was very let down [by him]. The Queen swiftly advised Prince Charles and Diana to divorce, sending both a letter just one month later, on 20 December.
In February , Diana irritated the Queen by issuing her own announcement on the divorce, stating: The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St James's Palace.
At this meeting details of the divorce settlement and the Princess's future role were not discussed. All the details on these matters, including titles, remain to be discussed and settled.
This will take time. How did Princess Diana die? The year-old princess was being driven at high speed in a Mercedes S after she left the Ritz Hotel when the vehicle crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma bridge at around half-past midnight. Diana, her then boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 41, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store, and driver Henri Paul, all died in the late-night crash. Her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived.
Mr Paul and Mr Fayed died on the spot, while the princess died from her injuries in a nearby hospital a few hours later. He was drunk and on anti-depressants when he lost control of the Mercedes as it sped through the tunnel that lies next to the River Seine, while trying to shake off paparazzi photographers. The mangled wreck of the Mercedes is removed from the scene of the Paris crash in The jury also concluded that the couple might have lived if they had worn seatbelts.
Diana and Dodi's final embrace was caught on camera at Paris's Ritz Hotel as they waited for their car. The story goes that the Royal Family could not bear the inevitable scandal - let alone the idea of Diana marrying a non-Christian. Therefore, one of the inevitable conclusions that has been drawn is that Diana's death was ordered by her own family. MI6 was involved in her death Richard Tomlinson was a former MI6 agent who was dismissed from the intelligence services and later served time in prison for breaching the Official Secrets Act Tomlinson alleged that agents had been monitoring Diana and that her death mirrored plans he saw in for the assassination of the President of Serbia.
Mohammed Al Fayed is pictured at the start of the inquest into Diana and Dodi's death in Geoff Pugh Mysterious white Fiat Uno Analysis of the wreckage of the Mercedes showed that it had come into contact with a white Fiat Uno, leaving traces of paint on the Mercedes bodywork. The vehicle was never found. Lack of CCTV images Mr Fayed stated in that there were about ten video cameras on the route taken by the Mercedes, including one on the entrance to the tunnel itself, but there are no recordings from any of these for the night in question.
The Independent also stated in that there were more than 14 CCTV cameras in the Pont de l'Alma underpass, but none recorded footage of the fatal collision. AP Seatbelts were sabotaged Both Diana and Dodi were not restrained by their seatbelts at the time of the crash prompting some to suggest that they may have been sabotaged.
French investigators declared all the seatbelts operational in Analysis of the wreckage of the car after its repatriation to England in found that all the seatbelts were in good working order bar Diana's, although it is thought that the damage took place after the accident.
Henri Paul's involvement The fact that he actually died in the accident would seem to provide fairly conclusive evidence that he was not behind the crash, but according to conspiracy theorists Mr Paul was in the pay of a national security service.
The main piece of evidence for this is supposedly the fact that he had a lot of cash on his person at the time of the car accident. The scene at Kensington Palace in the days after Diana's death. Jeff Gilbert How did the Royal family react to her death? Public anger began as a result of the decision to issue an apparent "business-as-usual" message by taking Princes William and Harry to church at Balmoral, a few hours after Prince Charles had broken the news to them of their mother's death.
There were also accusations that the Queen remained in Scotland for too long, and did not return quickly enough to London, which had become the focal point for public grief over the Princess' death. How did the nation react? The national outpouring of grief following Diana's death was unprecedented.