Thursday, August 30, 2007

Remembering Princess Diana

We remember Princess Diana and her life with words and images on the 10th Anniversary of her passing.

Diana Frances Spencer was born into the British aristocracy on July 1, 1961. The youngest daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, later John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, and his first wife, Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp. She was born at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk, England. On the death of her paternal grandfather, Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer in 1975, Diana's father became the 8th Earl Spencer, at which time she became Lady Diana Spencer and moved from her childhood home at Park House to her family's sixteenth-century ancestral home of Althorp.

Diana would so change her title from Lady Diana to Princess Diana when she feel in love with her prince. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (full name: Charles Philip Arthur George) and Diana became engaged on February 24, 1981[4] and they married at St Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981, watched by a global audience of almost one billion. The happiness was short lived and the marriage had problems from the beginning. They did have two sons during their union. Prince William of Wales (full name: William Arthur Philip Louis) was born June 2,1982 at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London, England. His little brother followed a couple years later. Prince Henry of Wales ( full name: Henry Charles Albert David) was born September 15, 1984) at the same hospital as William. Henry never went by his given name always being called Harry.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were separated on 9 December 1992 and were finally divored on August 28, 1996. The marriage ending after affair of Charles and lover Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana’s affair with James Hewitt became public. Diana opened up about her troubled marriage and her own personal problems in an interview in 1995 with Martin Bashir for the BBC programme Panorama. After the divorce, Diana retained her apartment in Kensington Palace, completely redecorated, and it remained her home until her death. She publicly dated the respected heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Al-Fayed.

Most of her time was spent being a mother to her sons, William and Harry or doing her charity work. Her two biggest causes were the AIDS epidemic that had come to the fore front of the American landscape in 1980’s and landmines that had killed some many people in multiple nations. Much of her work in the last year of her life was trying to stop landmines being constructed and others being removed. But, all her work and her short life would come to an end in Paris, France on August 31, 1997. Diana died after a high speed car accident in the Pont d'Alma road tunnel in Paris along with Dodi Al-Fayed and the Security Manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris, Henri Paul, who was instructed to drive the hired Mercedes-Benz through Paris secretly eluding the paparazzi. Dodi Fayed’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was the only one in the accident to survive. The cause of the accident has been blamed on alcohol and high speed, photographers, conspiracy theories have even put the blood on the hands of the Queen of England. Whatever the cause two young boys have lived the last 10 years without their mother by their sides.

Diana has left a legacy of love, beauty, kindness and hope. She has also us her two greatest gifts- her sons. Now on this day we remember the amazing woman that changed the world the day she feel in love with a prince. Please enjoy the attached photos and leave your memories of Diana in the comment section if you would like.

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