25 años de la muerte de la princesa Diana: las imágenes más icónicas de su vida / Remembering Diana: iconic pictures of the life of the Princess of Wales

La princesa Diana de Gales fue conocida en algún momento como la “mujer más fotografiada del mundo”.

Cuando se cumple el 25º aniversario de su muerte, ocurrida el 31 de agosto de 1997, recorremos en imágenes algunos de los momentos más significativos de su vida.

Diana Frances Spencer nació el 1 de julio de 1961 en Park House, cerca de Sandringham, Norfolk (Inglaterra). Era la hija más pequeña del Vizconde de Althorp.
Cuando sus padres se divorciaron siendo ella niña tenía que viajar entre las residencias de sus progenitores en Inglaterra y Escocia.
Millones de personas alrededor del mundo siguieron el enlace por televisión, mientras miles de ciudadanos esperaban a la pareja en las calles de Londres.
El 21 de junio de 1982 nació el primer hijo de la pareja, el príncipe William, segundo en la línea de sucesión.
El 15 de septiembre de 1984 nació el príncipe Harry.
En su primera visita oficial a Estados Unidos, Diana bailó con John Travolta en la Casa Blanca.
Pese a sus compromisos conjuntos, a fines de los años 80 se empezó a hacer evidente que Diana y Carlos llevaban vidas separadas.
Diana se centró entonces en la educación de sus hijos, con los que aparecía en público a menudo.
Diana dedicó gran parte de su tiempo a las obras benéficas, poniendo el foco en asuntos importantes como los enfermos de VIH/sida. Mantuvo una buena amistad con la madre Teresa de Calcuta, quien falleció 6 días después que la princesa. GETTY IMAGES
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Pie de foto,En 31 de agosto de 1997 Diana cenó en el hotel Ritz de París junto a su pareja, el millonario Dodi Al Fayed. Ambos se subieron a un Mercedes junto a su chofer y un guardaespaldas. Fueron seguidos por numerosos fotógrafos en motocicletas. El auto en el que viajaban se estrelló en un túnel de la capital francesa y tanto Diana como Al Fayed y el conductor murieron.
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Pie de foto,Una semana después, cientos de miles de personas salieron a las calles de Londres para despedir a Diana en un funeral en el que tuvieron un especial protagonismo sus dos hijos y su hermano y que fue seguido por televisión en todo el mundo. 25 años después de su muerte todavía es recordada como “la princesa del pueblo”.

Remembering Diana: iconic pictures of the life of the Princess of Wales

Until her tragic and untimely death exactly 25 years ago today, Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the most photographed women in the world.

A quarter of a century after the fateful car crash in Paris which claimed her life aged 36, the late princess continues to captivate audiences across the globe.

Diana won the hearts of the nation in 1981 when she tied the knot with Prince Charles – with their kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace described as the most memorable of all time.

It was just one of many iconic moments which followed – from her early days of motherhood after giving birth to Prince William and Prince Harry, to life outside the Royal Family in the wake of her divorce.

Diana also made headlines for her unique sense of style, with her sartorial choices having a huge influence on trends.

Perhaps most importantly, she will always be remembered for her extraordinary ability to connect with the public.

From her historic minefield walk in Angola to shaking hands with an Aids patient, Diana’s compassion and kindness led to her being known as the ‘People’s Princess’ – and provoked a huge outpouring of grief when she died.

The couple posing together on their engagement (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Here, Metro.co.uk celebrates the life of Diana with 25 of her most iconic images captured on camera.

Charles and Diana revealed they were engaged on February 24, 1981 after meeting four years earlier in 1977, when the Prince was in a relationship with her older sister, Sarah Spencer.

However she was left ‘absolutely traumatised’ after Charles, when asked if they were in love, responded: ‘Whatever love means’.

The ‘strange’ response ‘completely threw’ her, Diana later revealed.

The ‘wedding of the century’

Charles and Diana tied the knot on Wednesday, July 29, 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral, in what was described as the ‘wedding of the century’.

Diana, then titled Lady Diana Spencer, was just 20 when she married the future king, then aged 32.

Diana pictured with her sons playing the piano in Kensington Palace in 1985 (Picture: Getty)

The nuptials were viewed by more than 750million people in 74 countries, cementing its place in television history.

Diana gave birth to Prince William on June 21, 1982, with his sibling, Prince Harry, arriving on September 15, 1984.

She was determined her sons’ childhoods should be as normal as possible and refused to let their titles stand in the way of them enjoying fun life experiences.

One fan recalled meeting the Princess at Thorpe Park in the 1990s, describing how she was just a ‘regular mum’.

People’s Princess

Diana died before landmines were outlawed but son Harry has vowed to champion her ground-breaking work, telling an audience in Angola how it was a ‘humanitarian issue, not a political one’.

Equally monumental was her decision to shake hands with an Aids patient in 1987 without gloves – a simple and moving act of human kindness which showed the world the devastating illness was deserving of compassion and understanding.

Diana, William and Harry pictured at Thorpe Park in 1993 (Picture: Getty)

Fashion icon

Diana is still hailed as the ‘ultimate fashion influencer’ with her timeless sense of style continuing to inspire millions to this day.
Life after divorce

Diana revealed a different side of herself after her separation from Charles in 1992 gave her a newfound sense of freedom.

The couple divorced in 1996, when she was stripped of her Her Royal Highness title and became officially known as Diana, Princess of Wales.

Diana visiting a landmine minefield in Huambo, Angola (Picture: Getty)

Their split is said to have been triggered by her infamous and now discredited interview with Martin Bashir for BBC’s Panorama.

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