The death of Diana on 31st August, 1997, had a profound impact on people all over the world. It led to an unprecedented outpouring of grief and sympathy, for an inspirational person that many people had accepted into their hearts. Over 1 million wreaths were laid at Buckingham Palace and her funeral was watched by millions around the world. If you ask most people today, they will be able to tell you where they were when they first heard of her death!
Diana took part in many official engagements and charitable work. She easily created affinity with children, patients in hospitals and land mine victims etc. In 1987, Princess Diana was one of the first well known celebrities to be photographed with a victim of AIDS. This was such a vital step in altering peoples attitudes toward the disease. At the time, many thought that aids could be contracted by touch. The work she did on the campaign to ban landmines brought enough attention that the Ottawa treaty was signed banning the use of anti-personnel landmines.
When Princess Diana met with Mother Teresa who said “Diana is my daughter”, Diana replied “I am a very, very small Mother Teresa”. For over forty years Mother Teresa ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. Both have made an enormous impact on the lives of people all around the world. In particular, Diana has always remained very popular because people could identify with her no matter what stories were relayed in the press about her personal life.