After Princess Diana's death in 1997, world leaders paid tribute to her memory:
How many times shall we remember her, in how many different ways, with the sick, the dying, with children, with the needy? When with just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity... She was the people's princess, and that is how she will stay, how she will remain, in our hearts and in our memories forever. - Tony Blair, prime minister of Great Britain
With the tragic death of Princess Diana, a beacon of light has been extinguished. Her good works brought hope to so many of those in need throughout the world. - Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain
She was a very great friend in love with the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them. - Mother Teresa of Calcutta
She was a young woman of our times -- warm, full of life and generosity. Her tragic death will be deeply felt because she was a familiar figure to everyone. - Jacques Chirac, president of France
With her personal charisma, her courage, and above all her impressive engagement in an array of humanitarian causes, she won over the people in our country. - Roman Herzog, president of Germany
The princess had won the hearts of the Irish people through her commitment and work on behalf of so many charities and international causes throughout the world. - Bertie Ahern, prime minister of Ireland
The princess was a woman of grace, beauty, and charm. She represented Britain with nobility and warmth, and she captured the imagination of millions throughout the world with her dedication to her children and to innumerable worthy causes. - Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel
Princess Diana was well-known and loved by the people of Russia. Everybody knew about her huge contribution to charity, both in Britain and outside. Many exceptional projects that touched the lives of ordinary people have been put into practice in Russia with her direct participation. - Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia
Diana, Princess of Wales touched all our lives in Scotland, as elsewhere in the country. She had so much energy and idealism. She cared for and worked tirelessly for causes where the need was great, bringing hope and encouragement to many in distress... She was a remarkable presence, and for many an inspiration. - Donald Dewar, secretary of state for Scotland
She will be sadly missed as a warm, compassionate, and caring person. - Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa
She shared the life struggles of ordinary people. She cared about them. She was not too self-absorbed to lend her hand and her heart to people in pain or in peril, especially people with AIDS and the innocent victims of land mines. - Bill Clinton, president of the United States
I knew her as a very sensitive, at times very amusing, lady who desperately wanted to make a difference in this world. - Henry Kissinger, former U.S. secretary of state
The princess made a major contribution to alleviating suffering, especially among the poor, the weak, and the sick throughout the world. The tragedy has robbed the world of a consistent and committed voice for the improvement of the lives of suffering children. - Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations
How Diana Can Save Lives Today
Princess Diana died because she was not wearing her seat belt. After her fatal accident, I discussed seat belts with several people and was surprised by what they said. "You don't need a seat belt if you're riding in the back seat," one person told me. Others said they didn't wear seat belts at all -- and didn't make their children wear them -- because "when it's your time to go, it's your time to go."
But it wasn't Princess Diana's time to go, and sitting in the back seat didn't save her life. Experts say she could have survived if she had been wearing her seat belt.
According to the World Health Organization, more than one million people died in traffic accidents in the year 2000 alone. If all the people who admire Princess Diana made a point of wearing seat belts for her sake -- and encouraged their children to wear them -- countless lives would be saved. Wouldn't Princess Diana want to be remembered this way?
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Diana: The Portrait - Anniversary Edition by Rosalind Coward. Drawing on more than 200 interviews, this book offers perspective on the irreplaceable Princess Diana. Illustrated with more than 400 photographs.
Requiem: Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997, Memories and Tributes by Brian MacArthur. Collection of essays and poems written in remembrance of Diana by her relatives, friends, public figures, and members of the public.
Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace by Mario Testino. Five months before her death, Princess Diana was photographed by Mario Testino. This book contains 70 beautiful images from this last portrait sitting, many previously unseen.
Life in Photos
Diana at 50 by the editors of LIFE Magazine. Published in 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Diana Spencer's birth. Includes photos from the future princess's youth as well as images of her courtship and wedding, her life as Princess of Wales, and her funeral.
Timeless Icon edited by Carlo Mazzoni. Retraces the legend of Princess Diana through 100 carefully selected photographs. Bilingual edition (Italian and English).
Diana - An Amazing Life: The People Cover Stories, 1981-1997 by the editors of People Magazine. Tells Diana's story as it happened: all the key stories and covers, in order, with original pictures and text, including coverage of her first date with Prince Charles, the wedding, the births of William and Harry, the divorce, and Diana's final love affair.
Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs from National Geographic. Includes more than 100 images of Diana and reflections from those who knew her best. Published to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.
Diana: Memory of a Rose by Susan Maxwell Skinner. Coffee table book illustrated with more than 150 color photos of Princess Diana. Limited edition; every copy signed by author; not available in stores.
Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute in Photographs edited by Michael O'Mara. Over 200 photos chronicle Diana's life from early childhood through her funeral. Many of these photos were Diana's favorites.
Diana: A Princess Remembered by Glenn Harvey. Contains over 150 color photographs, some previously unpublished.
Diana in People's Lives
Dreaming of Diana by Rita Frances. A compilation of dreams people have had about Diana.
From Grief to Action by Anita Pace presents ideas for carrying on the spirits of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa.
Diana in Art compiled by Mem Mehmet. Portraits of Princess Diana from over 150 artists around the world.
Diana, a Cultural History: Gender, Race, Nation, and the People's Princess by Jude Davies. Analyzes the ways the princess has been used as a cultural icon through the years.
Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity by John A. Taylor. Examines why Diana was more revered in some circles than Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth.
Diana and Beyond by Raka Shome. The death of Princess Diana unleashed an international outpouring of grief. This book examines how images of white femininity in popular culture intersect with issues of race, gender, class, and national identity.
Diana and the Paparazzi by Glenn Harvey and Mark Saunders. Two photographers share their pictures of Princess Diana and the stories behind them, including confrontations and elaborate games of cat and mouse with the princess.
In Her Own Words: The After-Death Journal of Princess Diana by Christine Toomey. The author claims to be a psychic who can channel the spirit of Princess Diana. I am listing this book because I want my website to be as thorough as possible, but that does not mean I am endorsing this or any other book.
Diana Beyond the Legend: A Message For the Church by Christine Wagner.
How God Sees Princess Diana by Edmond Locklear. The author shares his prophecies about Diana and the royal family.
Take Refuge Under the Halo: Princess Diana After Life by Marna Hale Leaks. Poetry.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
Royal Wedding: Prince Charles and Lady Diana from ABC News Classics. On July 29, 1981, an estimated 750 million people tuned in to see the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. ABC News' Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters bring you back to that day.
The Death of Princess Diana from ABC News Classics.
Concert for Diana. A DVD of the 2007 concert organized by Prince William and Harry in honor of their mother's memory. Includes performances by Elton John, Duran Duran, Lily Allen, Roger Hodgson, Orson, Tom Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Bryan Ferry, and others.
Conspiracy? Princess Diana. Documentary from The History Channel.
Diana's Life - Documentaries
The Princess Diana Collection. Three documentaries. Diana, Portrait of a Princess, focuses on the princess's final year and includes an interview with biographer Andrew Morton. Diana's Rock, Paul Burrell tells the story of the princess's controversial butler. In Diana: Life Through a Lens, photographer Jayne Fincher reveals the workings of the press corps that followed Diana wherever she went.
Diana, Queen of Hearts. This tribute to the princess includes comments from her friends.
NBC News Presents Diana Revealed: The Princess No One Knew. Documentary on DVD. A feature-length documentary with exclusive video from the princess's sessions with London voice coach Peter Settelen in which she spoke candidly about her failed relationship with Prince Charles and her need to do more with her life.
Diana: A Celebration. Draws from the BBC's vast and unique archive material on the Princess of Wales. The producers elected to steer clear of the more sensational and gossipy aspects of her life. (Review © Amazon.com)
Princess Diana: The Uncrowned Queen. Documentary.
Diana: Her True Story. This fictionalized miniseries, based on Andrew Morton's bestselling biography, traces Diana's transformation from shy young girl to princess whose fairy tale marriage turned into a nightmare.
Diana: A Tribute to the People's Princess. Amy Clare Seccombe plays Diana in this 1997 TV movie originally broadcast on TNT.
Princess in Love (1996). Movie about Diana's relationship with James Hewitt, starring Julie Cox and Christopher Villiers.
Candle in the Wind 1997. At Prince William's suggestion, Elton John performed a revised version of "Candle in the Wind" at the princess' funeral. The song, which paid tribute to Diana as "England's Rose," quickly became the best-selling single of all time.
Diana, Princess of Wales Tribute (2 CDs). Features 36 tracks. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Songs include "Who Wants To Live Forever" performed by Queen, "You Have Been Loved" by George Michael, "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M., "Don't Dream It's Over" by Neil Finn, "Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand, "Prayer for the Dying" by Seal, and "Stars" by Simply Red. Does not include "Candle in the Wind 1997."
Princess of Wales: A Musical & Pictorial Memoir by Kevin Carlin. Instrumental (no vocals). Photos and music mirror events in the life of the princess.
Could a Seatbelt Have Saved Diana?