Twenty years after her death, Princess Diana’s legacy is long from being forgotten.
Since garnering a global spotlight in 1981—when the former Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles—the Princess of Wales has remained a popular public figure. Even after her untimely death in 1997, iconic images from her wedding gown to tender moments with her boys, Princes William and Harry, continue to win over hearts of millions around the world.
Affectionately remembered as the “People’s Princess,” her humanitarian work is also an important part of her legacy. Working extensively with charities around the world, the Princess of Wales used her fame to bring attention to numerous causes, including awareness efforts for HIV/AIDS, homelessness and landmine blight.
As the 20th anniversary of her death approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of Diana’s notable moments captured on camera. From her days as a girl spent at Althorp to her groundbreaking visit to an Angolan minefield in 1997, these pictures look back at the life of Princess Diana, one of the most photographed women in the world.
Header Image: Diana sits on her suitcases as she prepares to go to boarding school at Riddlesworth Hall in the fall of 1970. Distraught over the separation from her home, she told her father, “If you love me, you won’t leave me here.” PHOTOGRAPH BY (SPEN/AL), CAMERA PRESS, REDUX
Diana: In Her Own Words Premieres Tuesday 15 August 7.30pm AEST/NZST on National Geographic