Princess Diana was one of the most famous people in the world when she died aged just 36 in 1997, meaning she would have been 56 in 2017.
We couldn’t help but wonder what the world would be like today if she hadn’t passed away all those years ago.
Princess Diana was born on July 1st, 1961. By the time she married Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the summer of 1981, it made international news, with millions of people tuning in to watch the ceremony live.
What else would she have gone on to achieve? What would she be doing, and what would she look like? We can only wonder!
Diana’s older sister, Sarah, is the reason Prince Charles and Diana met
Sarah was actually the one who was dating him first! However, their relationship hit a rough patch when she apparently told a reporter, “I am not in love with Prince Charles”. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt!
However Diana seemed to really like him
She even had a picture of the Prince above her bed at boarding school! But it wasn’t until a while later that they actually started dating.
Diana was just 16 years of age when she met first met Prince Charles
Charles was 28 at the time. According to Vogue magazine, she was thrilled when she met him, and rushed to tell her music teacher all about it.
However, they didn’t start dating until 2 years later
By that time, Diana was 18 years old and Charles was 30.
Prince Charles proposed to her on February 6th, 1981
But their engagement was kept secret from everyone, especially the media, for the next few weeks.
When the secret was finally revealed, she picked out an engagement ring
It was decorated with 14 solitaire diamonds, which surrounded a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold. As you can see, it’s pretty dang jazzy. However, it apparently caused a major scandal at the time. Why? Because Diana picked it from a catalogue, instead of having one custom made. Imagine being angry over that!
Her wedding dress was decorated with over 10,000 tiny mother of pearl sequins and pearls
It also included a train that was 25 feet in length, which according to Vogue magazine at the time was the longest in royal history!
This is what Diana would’ve looked like today!
An old photo of her has been digitally aged to give an artist’s impression of what she would have looked like, aged in her mid-to-late fifties.
She was responsible for a change in the way children received their education in the royal family
Traditionally, princes and princesses were taught by private tutors and governesses. But when it came time for Prince William to start school, she insisted he attended a nursery school in London.
According to her personal chef, Darren McGrady, Diana was a great boss
She apparently had a very casual approach to how she treated her staff, according to the chef. “She would say, Darren, I need a coffee. Oh, you’re busy. I’ll make it. Do you want one?” he says.
She wanted her two sons William and Harry to have the most normal upbringing possible
But she would also often do things like inviting Cindy Crawford to the palace for dinner, because she knew that 13-year-old Prince William had a crush on the supermodel. Sounds just like a normal family dinner to me!
She was divorced from Prince Charles on August 28th, 1996
Diana received a settlement sum of 17 million pounds from the divorce, as well as 400,000 pounds per year.
Buckingham Palace stated that the Princess was still a member of the Royal Family, even after her divorce from Prince Charles
They said this was because Diana was the mother of the second and third in line to the throne, William and Harry respectively.
On August 31, 1997, she tragically died in a car crash, in a tunnel in Paris.
Her companion, Dodi Fayed (who she was reportedly in a relationship with at the time of her death), and the driver, Henri Paul, also died in the accident.
It has been reported that Prince Charles and Diana were not on speaking terms by the time of Diana’s death
Kinda sad, don’t you think? Of course her death hit headlines across the world, and people responded with massive outpourings of emotion.
In 1999, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century
For her work with charities, including causes like AIDS and banning landmines.