The world remembers Princess Diana as the “People’s Princess” for her remarkable humanitarian work.
Growing up, Lady Diana had a special interest in music and dancing. She had dreams of studying ballet, so that she could become a professional ballerina. She also had great love for children and worked as a teachers’ assistant at Young England Kindergarten.
Lady Diana and Prince Charles had started dating in 1977, when she was just sixteen years old. The pair married in 1981, had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, but later divorced in 1996.
Amongst the numerous charities Diana was involved in, she brought a great amount of awareness to HIV/Aids, Homelessness and Poverty amongst the youth, and the Leprosy disease.
Diana used her status to raise awareness and educate the public about HIV, eliminating the many misconceptions about the disease. In 1989, she formed part of the Landmark Aids Centre in London, an organisation that offered treatment and support to those living with the disease.
In 1992, she supported Centrepoint, a charity which focused on supporting young, homeless people in the UK. The Princess of Whales made it her mission to provide the homeless youth with a future and raise awareness on mental health. Today, Prince Harry and Prince William continue their mothers work by supporting homeless children.
Another mission that Princess Diana played a remarkable role in was the awareness of Leprosy, a disease causing sores on the body. She visited many patients infected with the disease, coming into contact with them and expelling the myth that the disease can be spread through physical contact. She became actively involved in the Leprosy Mission, an organization which provides medicine, treatment and support to those infected with the disease.
After her death in 1997, the Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of the late Princess Diana. The charity believes that young people can change the world and aims at honouring those young people who are actively involved in inspiring change and improving the lives of others, just like Princess Diana did while she was alive. In order to receive the Diana Award, nominees are required to have active involvement in humanitarian work for a minimum of 12 months and must be between the ages of 9 and 25.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” – Princess Diana