The People’s Princess: Diana of Wales

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"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you" (Diana, Princess of Wales). Princess Diana was one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable figures. Diana exemplified beauty and style, yet she was more than a pretty face as she changed the way the public looks at modern monarchies through her humanitarian efforts and down to earth approach. Diana’s life seemed like a charmed one. She was the daughter of nobility chosen to marry the Prince of England. “Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961–97, was wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. The daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, Lady Diana Frances Spencer was a kindergarten teacher in London before her 1981 marriage to Charles” (Princess of Wales, Diana). Diana was chosen specifically for her youth and beauty so that she could produce attractive and healthy offspring for the British monarchy. They needed a male heir and a spare. She delivered on her end of the deal when William was born in 1982, and Harry, in 1994 (Princess of Wales, Diana). Diana was supposed to do whatever she was told by the royal family, and produce sons. Her personal happiness was not a factor. Her husband had an ongoing affair with his long time love Camilla Parker-Bowles during most of his marriage to Diana. They fought constantly, and it didn’t help that she often stole the spotlight with her effortless grace and beauty. Diana, Princess of Wales was known throughout the world as a trend setter. She was always being photographed for her fashion sense and constantly topped the “Best Dressed” lists. Even now, seventeen years after her death, she is an influence on fashion. “Princess Diana’s style has been d... ... middle of paper ... ...Wales, more than a pretty face. She became a legend. Her deep felt connections to the common people changed the face of a family and a country. Diana truly was deserving of her favorite title- the “People’s Princess.” Works Cited Dunn, Hannah-Louise. “Princess Diana's style has been…” Daily Mail, 03077578, 10/ 3/2013. Web. 22 January 2014. Kovacevic, Katarina. “Princess Diana’s Causes and Charities.” She Knows Cares. Sheknows.com,11 Sept 2009. Web. 23 January 2014. “Late Princess Diana's Compassion Extended to Blacks Worldwide.” Jet. Vol. 92 Issue 18, p52. Johnson Publishing Company, 09/22/97. Web. 21 January 2014. “Princess of Wales, Diana.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, Sept 2013. Web. 21 January 2014. White, Michael. “Princess Diana's Influence on the Royal Family Lives On.” News Blog. The Guardian. 31 August 2012. Web. 23 January 2014.

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