Sharnaz ShahidFrom fairytale beginning to tragic end, we take a look at Princess Diana's life in pictures and celebrate her legacy of love
Although she passed away 20 years ago, Princess Diana's legacy continues to live on through her children, Princes William and Harry. She was an inspiration to so many, and was dubbed the 'People's Princess' thanks to her kindness and compassion. Here at HELLO! Online, we have decided to take a trip down memory lane to remember the iconic royal.
Lady Diana Spencer during a holiday at Itchenor
This black-and-white image sees an eight-year-old Lady Diana Spencer enjoying a family holiday at Itchenor in West Sussex in 1970. Diana, who was born on 1 July 1961, grew up at Park House on the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk. She later moved to Althorp in Northamptonshire when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer. In 1974, Diana was sent to board at the exclusive West Heath School. Her contemporaries included a young Tilda Swinton.
Honeymoon in Scotland
Newlyweds Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their honeymoon at Balmoral in Scotland. This picture captures the tender moment the Prince of Wales kisses the hand of his new bride. The newlyweds followed in the steps of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, who also honeymooned at the royal residence in 1947. Charles and Diana tied the knot in a lavish ceremony on 29 July, 1981. Crowds of people lined the streets in London and an estimated 750 million viewers watched the wedding on television.
Prince Charles with Diana on the Royal Yacht Britannia at the start of their honeymoon cruise.
Princess Diana as a new mother
The Princess of Wales pictured with Prince William at Kensington Palace, in February 1983. Diana and Charles proudly introduced their first son to the world from the steps of St Mary's Hospital in London in June 1982.
Prince Charles kissing Princess Diana
The royal couple showed the world how much they adored each other, sharing a tender kiss at a prize-giving following a polo match at Cirencester.
Princess Diana carries Prince Henry at Highgrove
Diana welcomed her second son, Prince Harry, in 1984. She had modern approach to motherhood, which included bringing children with her on royal tours and taking them to school herself. "I live for my sons," the Princess said. "I would be lost without them."
Holidaying at the Marivent Palace in Majorca
Ever the doting mother, Princess Diana is seen sharing a sweet moment with her youngest son. Here, the royal family were enjoying a holiday at the Marivent Palace in Majorca in August 1987. After she welcomed Harry, Diana revealed that her two boys adored each other in a letter to a palace steward, Cyril Dickman. She wrote that William "could not stop kissing" Harry after his birth. Adding: "William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!"
A trip to Cheltenham Police HQ
The princess looking relaxed during a visit to Cheltenham Police HQ in Gloucestershire in 1981.
The late Princess of Wales seen posing in a bikini whilst on holiday in the South of France.
Princess Diana with her sons at Cirque du Soleil
Princess Diana pictured looking relaxed with her sons, Princes William and Harry, at Cirque Du Soleil in 1990.
Hanging out with good friend George Michael
The late royal was good friends with singer George Michael. Here, pictured together at the Concert of Hope for World AIDS day in 1994. The Wham! star, who passed away on Christmas, previously revealed that Princess Diana was the only person who made him feel like an "ordinary person".
"Diana was the only person that I knew who made me feel like an ordinary person," he said in a past interview (via The Mirror). "That's what I thought was so amazing about her." He added: "But I was always reluctant to call her up. It was almost like a mate of mine who doesn't want to call me up too much in case it looks strange – because he thinks that everybody else is calling me up."
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