Remembering Princess Diana on 20th anniversary of her death – Orange County Register
The shock came late on a summer evening. After an idyllic Mediterranean holiday, Princess Diana had been in a car crash in Paris. She died a few hours later on August 31, 1997, plunging Britain into grief that lingers to this day. Twenty years later, the memory of Diana — a youthful mother cut down, leaving two children behind — remains vital, her influence still felt. Time has blurred the memories, but people around the world still remember Diana as a young bride, so taken with Prince Charles, and as a glamorous trendsetter dancing at the White House with John Travolta. She was the fun-loving mom taking her two boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, on amusement park rides, and the tireless charity worker who reached out to AIDS patients when they were shunned by much of society.
Diana, the Princess of Wales during her visit to Leicester in this May 27, 1997 file photo. Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales, arrives at the Ritz Hotel in Paris Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997 in this picture made from a security video. Just hours later, the Princess along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and their chauffeur died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris in the early hours of Sunday morning Aug. 31. (AP Photo/APTV)
Undated file pictures taken in 1996 showing Princess Diana at various functions around London. (AP Photo/PA/FILE)
Princess Diana, left, her sons Prince Harry and Prince William, and Prince Charles watch a veteran’s parade during the 50th anniversary of VJ Day commemorations in London, Saturday Aug. 19, 1995. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
FILE – In this Nov. 9, 1985 photo provided by the Ronald Reagan Library, actor John Travolta dances with Princess Diana at a White House dinner in Washington. (AP Photo/Ronald Reagan Library, File)
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles walk outside Westminster Abbey…