April A to Z Challenge 2016

D: Princess Diana

D“Two things stand like stone-Kindness in another’s trouble-courage in your own.” ~Diana

When I was a kid in the 80’s I was constantly called Princess Di. As a precocious tomboy this drove me nuts. I wasn’t some prissy little thing that needed to be pampered. However, as I grew older my perceptions of what a princess could be changed. In retrospect this perception change was greatly influenced by Diana, Princes of Wales.

We all know the story, the pretty noble woman who had the fairy tale wedding that everyone watched and many wished they could have. For this blog post I am going to focus on how she changed our public perception of what a princess is.

“The worst illness of our time is that so many people have to suffer from never being loved.” ~Diana

Princess Diana used the platform that the media gave her to do something positive. Most famously, Diana worked with aids patients. At a time when there was not much known about the disease and peope feared those who had it, Diana could be seen hugging and interacting with those that were inflicted with it in Africa. Infact the princess in one of the first celebrities seen by the public actually touching a patient.

Most of her work centered around children. Sitting on the boards at various children’s hospitals and charities she sought to make the lives of others better. The last cause that she was involved with was to seek a ban on land mines. Princess Diana petitioned Britain and other countries to support the Ottawa Treaty.Diana 2

It was through these actions that she became the people’s princess. She made it “Cool” for celebrities to have causes and to encourage others to get involved in making the world just a little better.

Books for those who need a little more royalty in their lives:

  1. Diana: Story of a Princess there a lot of books out there but this one seems to be the most middle ground.
  2. Any book by Philippa Gregory Through Philippa’s books on the Tudor family and the Cousin’s War we can see the immense pressure that is put on noble women.
  3. Gorgeous This modern fairytale has a wonderful twist and is perfect for those who want a great princess read.

2 thoughts on “D: Princess Diana

  1. Diana, thank you for visiting yesterday. It took me a bit to locate this blog site. The URL you left in comments did not include the “wordpress” portion of the address. I just wanted to bring this to your attention in case you’re not aware of it or perhaps it was only an oversight. BTW, I did correct your URL left behind for others to find you easier. Now…Princess Di was a special person. I knew of her involvement with Aids patients. It was a shame her life ended while she was still so young. I wonder what kind of woman she would be today?

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Dear Diary #AprilA2Z


    1. Thank you for pointing that out to me! I was able to make the correction on my profile. It’s always fun to wonder what might have been. I think she would have been at the forefront of the UN peacekeeping outreach and most likely in the middle of the Syrian Refugee crisis, given that she didn’t like seeing children suffering. I knew about her involvement in the aids work, I just never quite grasped how much of a trail blazer she was in bringing it to the spotlight.

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