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20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death: Her life in pictures

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On the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's passing, we remember the people's princess through her early life, her marriage, her motherhood and most importantly, her laughter

The late Princess Diana meant a lot of things to everyone. Princess, mother, wife, sister, humanitarian, lover, caregiver but above all, she portrayed an accessibility to the British royal family — hence the moniker, "the people's princess". Ask anyone who's around on 31 August 1997 and they will most likely remember where they were when the news first hit. The initial reaction? Surreal. The second — a sense of loss, even if Princess Diana had not personally met them yet. 

It's a legacy that has left visitors continuing to leave tributes outside Kensington Palace till today. Born on 1 July 1961, Princess Diana would have been 56 this year. She was born out of an aristocratic family — her father Edward John Viscount was the son of the seventh Earl Spencer and her mother Frances Ruth Burke Roche was the daughter of the fourth Baron Fermoy. Her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry have continued on her humanitarian ways, whether it's championing for mental health discussions or pushing for clean water in developing countries.

A new documentary, Diana, 7 Days, follows the seven days that followed Princess Diana's death in interviews with her sons, siblings, former members of the royal household, her lady-in-waiting and even former prime minister Tony Blair. Learn how and why such an individual had touched the lives of those she has not even met, the public's relationship with the British monarchy and how it affected Britain.  

 

Diana, 7 Days is available on the BBC Player. Check out last week's #WomanCrushWednesday.

 

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