From a kindergarten teacher in 1980 to marrying Britain’s Prince Charles in 1981, becoming mother of his two sons and then leading her way to become the “Queen of People’s Heart,” Princess Diana is remembered with much reverence as she was endeared in her lifetime.
Princess Diana’s death in a tragic car accident in Paris in 1997 perhaps posed two questions across –what killed her – love or absence of love?
Her life after divorce fell into media paparazzi, which is often held responsible for her death. For Diana, family was “the most important thing in the world.”
“I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself, you'd want to try even harder to make it work and you don't want to fall back into a pattern that you've seen happen in your own family,” she spoke about her married life in a 1995 interview with BBC, saying that she never wanted a divorce.
“I desperately wanted it to work, I desperately loved my husband and I wanted to share everything together, and I thought that we were a very good team.”
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” she told a young William for her broken marriage to his father.
“Although I still loved Papa, I couldn't live under the same roof as him, and likewise with him.”
Call me Diana, not Princess Diana, as she had said, Diana wanted to be a queen in people's hearts and not queen of Britain.
As her elder son Prince William steps onto the stage on Parliament Hill on July 1, 2011, to be part of Canada’s 144th birthday, here is a pictorial tribute to Princess Diana on what would have been her milestone 50th birthday. Start the slideshow to view some of the unforgettable images of the Princess.