On #ThisDayinHistory 20 years ago, the world lost the “People’s Princess”. She was born in 1961, and started her career as a kindergarten teacher. She married Prince Charles in 1981 and they had two sons—Prince William in 1982 and Prince Henry (Harry) in 1984. Their marriage, however, was an unhappy one, and they divorced officially in 1996. Diana became a global icon of popular culture and developed relationships with a number of entertainment personalities, including singers George Michael and Elton John. She was also admired because she used her fame to raise public awareness—and charitable funds—for issues that mattered to her. As a former teacher, she was a lifelong advocate for children and supported efforts to abolish the use of land mines. She also advocated for AIDS-related causes and she is credited with helping to change the public’s perception of those who suffer from the disease. She famously shook the hands of a patient with AIDS, in front of the media, without wearing gloves, dispelling the notion that the disease is transmitted via touch. On the evening of August 31, 1997, Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed left a late night dinner and were involved in a car accident that took both of their lives. The death of Princess Diana was immediately followed by an unprecedented outpouring of grief from all over the world. If you want to see more pictures of her life, head to our Instagram Story. #PrincessDiana #RIP
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