It’s Princess Diana’s 55th Birthday. Here How She Would Have Looked Today.
2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. Although it’s been two decades since she died in that tragic car accident in Paris, France, she is not forgotten. Her two sons Prince William, second in line to the throne and Prince Harry keep her memory alive.
The brothers are the stewards of the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund as well as actively involved in humanitarian work. William admitted this year that time makes the pain of losing her easier but he misses her everyday. While Harry said he regrets not talking about her death until he was 28 years old.
Harry told Good Morning America that him and his brother William “will do everything we can to make sure that she’s never forgotten and carry on all the special gifts, as such, that she had and that she portrayed while she was alive. I hope that a lot of my mother’s talents are shown in a lot of the work that I do.”
Princess Diana may have been brought up among the aristocracy but she was quite down to earth.
In fact Diana's older sister, Lady Sarah, dated Prince Charles for awhile. She once told a classmate she wanted to be a ballerina when she grew up or Princess of Wales.
She was not just an aristocrat, she also had royal blood.
Princess Diana was related to Mary Queen of Scots. Her maternal grandmother Baroness Fermoy was one the Queen Mother’s ladies-in-waiting.
Her dress was adorned with 10,000 mini pearls and a 25-foot-long train.
"We knew it had to be something that was going to go down in history, but also something that Diana loved," said the designer Elizabeth Emmanuel.
It is reported that the silk-taffeta wedding dress cost £9,000.
She married Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral. It was watched by 750 million people all over the world.
Her new status meant the world was always watching.
The paparazzi followed her everywhere despite heavy security. She was a favourite for magazines to use her on their covers.
She struggled with depression and bulimia.
She admitted she developed bulimia a week after her engagement to Prince Charles. "My husband put his hand on my waistline and said 'Oh, a bit chubby here, aren’t we?' That triggered off something in me," she said.
Diana was one of the first people who brought AIDS/HIV awareness.
She hugged an AIDS patient before it was known that it could not be transmitted through touching. "HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it," she said at the time.
Diana picked her 18-carat sapphire engagement ring from a catalogue.
Prince Harry inherited the ring when she died. He gave it to his brother William to propose to his future wife Kate Middleton.
Prince William was the first royal to attend preschool outside the palace.
Diana insisted her boys have a normal upbringing.
The children enjoyed skiing trips and visits to Disneyland.
They also visited the homeless and AIDS/HIV centres.
Prince William is a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He understands he will have to quit eventually to take on more royal duties.
Prince Harry created the Invictus Games, a multi-sport Paralympic-style international competition.
Diana died on the night of August 31, 1997.
She was a passenger in the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.
Her death was mourned by the world.
Stripped of her royal title after her divorce to Prince Charles in 1996, her brother Lord Spencer addressed her legacy during her funeral. "She proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic," he said.
Diana was 36 years old when she died.
Using the power of technology, experts predict Diana would look something like this if she were alive today.
Diana would have been 56 years old.
She would have age with grace and beauty.