It's 21 Years Today Since Diana Died, And She Left A Lasting Legacy

The death of Princess Diana at age 36, in a horrific crash sent shock-waves across the world.

She was 'The People's Princess'.

The most-photographed woman in the world. A mother of two and a humanitarian.

At just 36 she lost her life on August 31, 1997, along with her then-partner Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.

Her death sent an unprecedented wave of grief across the globe, and dominated media coverage in the United Kingdom for months. More than 32 million Brits tuned in to watch her funeral.

Diana was a young kindergarten assistant when she was thrust into public life after her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981, and from then on she lived, and died, in front of the lens.

We take a look at Princess Diana and remember her as the strong, kind, giving woman she was.

Diana Spencer at the Young England Kindergarten in September 1980 shortly before her engagement to Prince Charles was announced.  Photo: Anwar Hussein
Charles and Diana outside Buckingham Palace in London after announcing their engagement. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty
Diana and Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981 in London. Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage
Diana meets the public during a walkabout on April 7, 1983 in Perth, Australia Photo:  Anwar Hussein/Getty Images
Diana  sits in front of Ayer's Rock on March 21, 1983 near Alice Springs during the Royal Tour of Australia. Photo: David Levenson/Getty
Diana holds her son Harry as Prince William is held by Prince Charles on May 5, 1985 in Venice, Italy. Photo: Georges de Keerle/Getty Images
Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. Photo: by Anwar Hussein
John Travolta twirls Princess Diana on the dance floor while at a White House banquet. Ronald and Nancy Reagan can be seen in the background. Photo: Getty
Diana, Princess visits a hostel for abandoned children many of whom are HIV positive or suffer from AIDS on April 24, 1991 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images 
Diana on holiday in the Paris,on August 31, 1997. Photo: Anwar Hussein/Getty
Prince William (left) and Prince Harry,  bow their heads as their mother's coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey following her funeral service. Photo: Getty Images
In an overwhelming outpouring of grief and sympathy, over one million bouquets of flowers were left at Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and St. James's Palace after the tragic automobile accident on August 31, 1997 in which Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed. The flowers, stuffed animals, and even bottles of champagne were collected and distributed to children and to the sick and elderly in hospitals and homes. Photo: Peter Turnley/ Getty Images
Over two decades later and Diana is still mourned and remembered as the people's princess.