The People\'s Princess

Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk. Her parents, John and Frances Spencer, were hoping for a boy to carry on the Spencer name. It took them nearly a week to come up with a name for the baby girl. Eighteen months earlier, her mother had giver birth to a baby boy, but he was so sick that he only survived for ten hours. Lady Frances, twenty three at the time, was sent to many specialists to find out the reason why she could not have a little boy. Three years after Diana was born, Lady Frances gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Charles. Diana had been christened in Sandringham Church with well-to-do commoners for godparents. Charles, on the other hand, was christened in Westminster Abbey with the Queen of England as his godparent.
As a child, Diana spent most of her time playing outside. Close to her home were many woods, horse stables, and they owned a heated swimming pool. The woods were filled with rabbits, foxes, deer, and other animals. As she grew older, she also grew a great love for animals.
She also had a love for children. At age eighteen, she became a teachers assistant. She taught dance, drawing, and painting to kindergarten students.
When she was six years old, her mother left her father for another man. She went between her mother\'s townhouse and her father\'s country estates. Both parents got re-married, so she had two step-parents to please.
Because of Diana\'s royal background, she earned an invitation to Prince Charles\'s thirtieth birthday party. This is were the two met for the first time. There were hundreds of people at the party, but Charles couldn\'t take his eyes off of Diana. A few months later, the two became a couple. "The news about Charles and Diana\'s love soon spread. The shy young teacher\'s aide quickly became famous. Everyone wanted to know if the Prince had finally found his Princess.
"The answer came in February 1981. Prince Charles asked Lady Diana to be his wife. Blushing with happiness, Diana accepted. The fairy tale had begun-and Diana\'s life would never be the same."1
During their engagement, Diana frequently visited Buckingham Palace, and the Queen of England for royal training. She practiced walking down the aisle, how to dress like a princess, and how to sit for hours while her portrait is was painted. She also had to get used to be photographed wherever she went.
The royal wedding took place on July 24, 1981 at Saint Paul\'s Cathedral. The wedding was viewed by over 750 million people around the world.
After the wedding, the couple took a cruise along the Mediterranean Sea on the royal yacht, Britannia. They were the only passengers on board, but there were 276 officers on board, ready to wait on their every need. After the cruise, they continued their honeymoon at the Windsor family\'s Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle.
On June 21, 1982 at Saint Mary\'s Hospital in Paddington London, Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis, the future King of England. Two years later, Henry (Harry) Charles Albert David was born. He was called the "spare" because he would only become king if his brother William couldn\'t. After the birth of her two boys, Diana made it a point to expose her sons to life outside the palace. She and her boys road roller coasters, shot rapids, and ate at fast food restaurants. Diana insisted that William and Harry attend regular schools. She took them with her when she visited AIDS patients and the homeless. Her reason for doing this was to show the boys that there was life outside of royalty.
Princess Diana once told reporters, "I think the biggest disease this worl suffers from…is the disease of people feeling unloved. I can give love…and I\'m very happy to do that. I want to do that."2 Giving love is exactly what Princess Diana did. At one point, she was president of 6 of the 27 charities that she was involved in. As years passed, her schedule became very hectic. Although she was extremely busy, she made time to stay physically fit. She visited the gym, played tennis, or swam nearly everyday. Once Diana had Christies auction off 79 gowns that she