"The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance" - Princess Diana

During her life, Diana, Princess of Wales took hundreds of engagements on behalf of charities and President or Patron of over 100 of them. She is today associated with the work she supported with the homeless, disabled people, children and people with HIV/AIDS.

After she divorced from The Prince of Wales in 1996, The Princess stayed as patron of Centrepoint (homeless charity), the English National Ballet, Leprosy Mission and National Aids Trust.

She was also President of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and of the Royal Marsden Hospital.
In the year before her death in 1997, at the age of 36, the Princess was active in campaigning for a ban on the manufacture and use of land mines. She spoke at the landmines conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London, and followed this by visiting Washington to promote the American Red Cross landmines campaign.

The charities to benefit included Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, which was founded after The Princess’s death; Sentebale, the Lesotho children’s charity which Prince Harry founded in memory of his mother; and the six organisations of which the Princess was Patron at the time of her death: the Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, Centrepoint (Prince William is now Patron), Barnardo's, The Leprosy Mission, The National AIDS Trust and the English National Ballet.
Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981.

They had two sons and later divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash after trying to evade the paparazzi in Paris on the night of August 30, 1997

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The image of the Princess standing in a minefield in Angola in January 1997 put the issue of landmines in the headlines the world over. It is still an inspiring image today. When she spoke out with simple but practical words about HIV or was photographed holding the hand of someone with AIDS, she helped reduce stigma and the world took notice.

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"The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance" - Princess Diana

During her life, Diana, Princess of Wales took hundreds of engagements on behalf of charities and President or Patron of over 100 of them. She is today associated with the work she supported with the homeless, disabled people, children and people with HIV/AIDS.

After she divorced from The Prince of Wales in 1996, The Princess stayed as patron of Centrepoint (homeless charity), the English National Ballet, Leprosy Mission and National Aids Trust.

She was also President of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and of the Royal Marsden Hospital.
In the year before her death in 1997, at the age of 36, the Princess was active in campaigning for a ban on the manufacture and use of land mines. She spoke at the landmines conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London, and followed this by visiting Washington to promote the American Red Cross landmines campaign.

The charities to benefit included Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, which was founded after The Princess’s death; Sentebale, the Lesotho children’s charity which Prince Harry founded in memory of his mother; and the six organisations of which the Princess was Patron at the time of her death: the Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, Centrepoint (Prince William is now Patron), Barnardo's, The Leprosy Mission, The National AIDS Trust and the English National Ballet.
Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981.

They had two sons and later divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash after trying to evade the paparazzi in Paris on the night of August 30, 1997

Princess Diana & Charties

Diana, The Princess of WalesThe Princess was renowned and respected around the world for her humanitarian work and her caring support for the most disadvantaged.

Diana, Princess of Wales, born Lady Diana Frances Spencer, was born on 1 July 1961, the daughter of the then Lord and Lady Althorp. Lord Althorp, now the late Earl Spencer, a former Captain in the Royal Scots Greys, was Equerry to the late King George VI and then to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Princess had two elder sisters and a younger brother. She was brought up at her father's home on the Queen's estate at Sandringham and then at the family home of Althorp in Northamptonshire. She attended Riddlesworth Hall and then West Heath School in Kent and completed her education in Switzerland. She went to teach at a kindergarten in Central London.

On 29 July 1981, the Princess married HRH The Prince of Wales at St Paul's Cathedral. Their first son, William Arthur Philip Louis was born on 21 June 1982 and Henry Charles Albert David on 15 September 1984. Prince William and Prince Harry are respectively second and third in line of succession to the throne. The Prince and Princess of Wales were divorced on 28 August 1996.

The Princess of Wales's London home was at Kensington Palace where she lived her sons during their school holidays.

The Princess died tragically on 31 August 1997.

The Princess's Humanitarian Work

Humanitarian work was a central part in the Princess's life, both in the UK and overseas. Her interests were reflected in the organisations of which she was Patron or President.

These included the Great Ormond Street for Sick Children in London and the Royal Marsden Hospital, which specialises in the treatment of cancer. She was also patroness of Centrepoint, an organisation working with the homeless, Barnardo's , The National Aids Trust and The Leprosy Mission. The Princess's passion for the arts was underlined by her support of the English National Ballet. During her life she was patron of an additional 100 charities.

The Princess made many visits to America, visiting hospices, schools, charities and charity galas, and touching the lives of all she met wherever she went. Her major overseas visits also included Angola, Australia, Bosnia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and many European countries.

The Princess was outspoken on a wide range of issues and used her profile to raise awareness as well as funds for charitable causes. She is today recognised and respected as a true humanitarian.


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She is remembered for her devotion to all the causes she supported, but particularly for her championing of hitherto ‘unpopular' causes - such as those suffering from HIV/AIDS; those afflicted by Leprosy and those whose lives had been devastated by landmines. She was not afraid to speak out and show her support of those marginalised by society by becoming actively involved in highlighting their plight.