I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Diana-PrincessDiana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

Diana was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Spencer. She was the fourth child and third daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd. She grew up in Park House, which was situated near to the Sandringham estate, and was educated in England and Switzerland. In 1975 she became Lady Diana Spencer, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer.

Her wedding to the Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981 was held at St Paul’s Cathedral and reached a global television audience of over 750 million. While married, Diana bore the titles Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester and Baroness of Renfrew. The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, in addition to dozens of other charities.

Her beauty and charisma ensured that Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny both during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Her death in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 was followed by intense public mourning.