To commemorate 20 years since Diana's death, we take a trip down memory lane at some of the kindest moments in the life of the People’s Princess.
1. Diana was one of the first celebrities to be pictured holding and hugging patients with HIV/AIDS. She campaigned tirelessly to remove the stigma attached and was once quoted saying ‘HIV does not make people dangerous, so you can shake their hands or give them a hug. God knows they need it’.
2. Her compassion with terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London saw her named as its president from 1989 until her death. She visited the hospital often taking gifts and donations which gave comfort to children, filling their final days with laughter and support.
3. Along with being a patron at homeless charity Centrepoint, Diana often made secret unannounced trips there to catch up with residents and to show her support even when the cameras weren’t rolling.
4. Diana used her status for good yet again for the Red Cross when she lent her support to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She visited Angola and was not afraid to get stuck in as she was pictured walking across land mine fields in a helmet. This otherwise unknown campaign was given global recognition all thanks to Diana’s desire to help and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, just months after her death.
5. One of the most important things in Diana’s life was her family, especially her children. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts she gave her sons William and Harry, was a proper childhood. Despite being born into royalty, she believed that the children deserved to have fun. To keep their lives as normal as possible she made sure she took them to theme parks and concerts. This helped shape the down-to-earth, well-respected, family-orientated Princes that they are today.
Words by Rachel Fernie
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