Princess Diana would have been 50 years old today, July 1, 2011 if her life hadn't ended two months after her 36th birthday in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. The media attention continued following Diana in the subsequent display of public mourning a week after her death. Diana has received recognition as a fashion icon and for her charity work. This year, there are no plans to celebrate her birthday. Prince William, Diana's elder son is in Canada today with his wife Catherine on their first big international tour as husband and wife. In order to mark Princess Diana’s birth anniversary, let’s have a look at photos showing Princess Diana's life from her childhood to her years as a mother, a fashion icon and a philanthropist as follows:
A two-year-old Diana Frances Spencer rests in a chair inside her home in 1963.
Born on July 1, 1961, the future princess is daughter of Johnnie Spencer, Viscount Althorp and Frances Ruth Burke Roche.
Diana plays with her brother Charles in a photo taken in 1967
Diana posed as a model in a casual outfit for her family album portrait in the late 1960s, long before becoming a fashion icon as the Princess of Wales
The ten-year-old Diana wears a black hat as she was on a vacation in Itchenor, West Sussex in 1971
Diana and Prince Charles leave the gardens of Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement in 1981
The future princess Diana became the center of attention and a tabloid target after her engagement to Prince Charles
The couple attends at the first official event together as an engaged couple in 1981
Diana marries Prince Charles at London's St. Paul's Cathedral in 1981. She wore an elaborate gown that had a 25-ft train on her wedding day
The photo taken in 1983 shows Princess Diana, Prince Charles and their first child Prince William
Princess Diana poses with her two sons on the first day when Prince Harry attended school in 1989
Diana holds abandoned kids in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1991. The Princess was known for her charitable activities
After her divorce from the Prince of Wales in 1996, Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997. Thousands of citizens put cards, flowers and photographs outside Diana's Kensington Palace residence