Today marks the 15th anniversary of the deaths of Princess Diana, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed, and their driver Henri Paul. All three tragically perished in an automobile wreck while fleeing paparazzi in Paris.
While her remarkable life was marred by scandal, betrayal, and the strange kind of loneliness that comes from being the object of unimaginable scrutiny, Princess Diana served in her dual capacities as wife to Prince Charles and Princess of Wales with uncommon grace and style. She used her position to champion important causes like AIDS awareness and the horrors wrought by landmines. This work has led her to be posthumously named one of the 100 most influential women of all time.
If you find yourself interested in pursuing some books or other materials on Lady Di, you can find them grouped under the Library of Congress subject heading Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997.
I find it hard to think of Diana, and her passing, without also hearing Elton John’s touching rendition of “Candle in the Wind” dedicated to her. This world has been a dimmer place without Diana in the last fifteen years, but her memory and her countless good deeds make bearing her loss a little easier.