Princess Diana’s 20th Anniversary
The world was remembering Princess Diana, the humanitarian known as “the People’s Princess,” on the 20th anniversary of her death on August 31, 2017.
She was just 36 when she died in a car crash while traveling in Paris with a friend, who also died in the accident. She left behind two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, with her husband, Prince Charles.
Prince William, now 35 and a father of two, and Prince Harry, 32, made a special visit to the Kensington Palace memorial sunken garden that has been transformed with their mother’s favorite white blooms to pay tribute on her 20th death anniversary.
The two brothers were accompanied by Prince William’s wife, Princess Kate, and a small group of representatives from a few of the charities she supported in the final days of her life. Prince William and Prince Harry also paid visit to speak with well-wishers and view the tributes and cards left at the gates of Kensington Palace, where she lived from 1981 until her death.
Prince William and Prince Harry were grateful for the many flowers, letters, and messages they have received about their mother. They thanked everybody who came to pay the tribute to their beloved mother.
Prince William and Prince Harry opened up that year publicly for the first time about their mother and her sudden death.
Even, 20 years after her death, her style, glamour, mischievous smile, and humanitarian work still capture the public’s attention.
Diana’s humanitarian efforts around the globe are seen by many as her most enduring legacy. She was the patron of more than 100 charities over her lifetime, according to The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
She was a heroin for people with HIV/AIDS and leprosy, who were invisible to society during her lifetime, and spread the spotlight shone on her to their causes. She is credited with changing the perception of people with HIV/AIDS, for example, by picking up and hugging a 7-year-old boy with AIDS being treated at a hospital in Harlem.
When, just months before her death, Diana walked through an Angolan minefield wearing a helmet and flak jacket, her presence drew global attention to the injuries caused by landmines. Diana’s home nation of Britain, along with 120 countries, would later sign the Ottawa Treaty that aimed to eliminate landmines targeting humans.
Diana’s beloved “boys,” as she called them, shared some of their mother’s most personal possessions to recreate Diana’s study at Kensington Palace in the music room at Buckingham Palace. The centerpiece of the public exhibition is the desk where Diana organized much of her charitable work and conducted her correspondence.
William and Harry also announced earlier that year they have commissioned a statue to honor Diana on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where Diana lived until her death and where William and Harry now live.