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Princess Diana’s Life in Photos

In honor of what would have been Princess Diana’s 56th birthday on July 1st, here are some images that represent a timeline of her life.

Princess Diana in Her Youth

Falling in Love with a Prince 

Princess Diana Photo Gallery: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer pose for photographers at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement in February 1981. (Photo:  Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS)

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer pose for photographers at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement in February 1981. 

A Royal Wedding for the Ages

Queen Elizabeth II: Happy times on the balcony of Buckinham Palace for Prince Charles and Princess Diana right after their wedding, July 29, 1981.  (Photo by Hulton Archive) (Photo: Getty Images)

Happy times on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles and Princess Diana right after their wedding on July 29, 1981. 

Becoming a Proud, Young Mother

A Voice of Compassion and Charity

Princess Diana Photo Gallery: Holding an amputee child in her lap, Princess Diana meets victims of landmines - a legacy of Angola's twenty-year civil war - at a rehabilitation centre in Huambo, Angola. The Princess was a leading supporter of the Red Cross campaign to ban landmines. (Photo:  Reuters/Corbis)

Holding an amputee child in her lap, Princess Diana meets victims of landmines – a legacy of Angola’s 20-year civil war – at a rehabilitation centre in Huambo, Angola. The Princess was a leading supporter of the Red Cross campaign to ban landmines. 

Performing Her Royal Duties with Celebrity…

Princess Diana Photo Gallery: Diana danced with Hollywood actor John Travolta during a White House party in 1985 hosted by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. (Photo:  Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library/epa/Corbis)

Diana danced with Hollywood actor John Travolta during a White House party in 1985 hosted by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. 

… And Head-Turning Style

Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister Thatcher and her husband, Denis, have a chat with Prince Charles and Princess Diana at 10 Downing Street in 1989.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband, Denis, have a chat with Prince Charles and Princess Diana at 10 Downing Street in 1989.

Falling Out of Love

The Revenge Dress

Embracing Her New Independence

Candle in the Wind (Goodbye England’s Rose)

Princess Diana Photo Gallery: A multi-colored sea of floral tributes to Diana lies outside the gates of her London home. The flowers began to arrive soon after news of Diana's death, in a Paris car crash, reached Britain. (Photo:  Liba Taylor/CORBIS)

A multi-colored sea of floral tributes to Diana outside the gates of her London home. The flowers began to arrive soon after news of Diana’s death, in a Paris car crash, reached Britain. 

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