Diana Frances Spencer – the People’s Princess
Diana was the third daughter born to Edward John Spencer and his wife Frances Ruth Burke Roche in July 1, 1961. The family has a long history of close ties with the royal family. The death of her paternal grandfather gave her father became the 8th Earl of Spencer. Her father’s title gained Diana the title of “Lady”. She lived grew up as a part of a very privileged family. Diana attended school in Kent at West Heath and spent a brief period at a finishing school in Switzerland. She did not achieve academic excellence but persevered because of her determined personality, caring nature and overall cheerfulness. She moved back to England and worked with children in The Young England Kindergarten. She lived in apartment with friends and lived her life like a normal young adult. These characteristics played heavily into the influences she would have over not only England, but the entire world. She began a fast paced romance with Prince Charles, whose eye she caught because of her family background, cheery nature and vibrancy. The two began dating in the middle of 1980 and their engagement was announced on February 24, 1981 by Buckingham Palace. The world began their love affair with what was perceived to be a fairytale romance of the beautiful Diana and the Prince. The couple wed on July 29, 1981. Their wedding was the event of the decade with 3500 people in attendance and approximately 750 million watching the fairy tale untold on television. The “Lady” would now be known as Princess Diana. She was just 20 years old. Princess Diana used her high profile status and the media’s love for her to bring attention to issues that were genuinely important to her. She shocked the world by being photographed comforting AIDS patients. At this time people so feared the new disease that they believed you could be infected by touch alone. She supported a move to ban the use of landmines because...
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