Diana, Princess of Wales, wanted nothing more than to be Queen of People’s Hearts. Queen of England? Nah. When her dream of a fairy-tale life went up in smoke along with her ill-fated marriage to Prince Charles, Diana took her fate into her own hands. The icon status she achieved since her days as a kindergarten teacher pre-engagement allowed her to parlay her fame into a force for good — but, sadly, her light was snuffed out before she could really get started.
Diana was just 19 years old when she married Prince Charles, and her fresh-faced beauty became the subject of intense public scrutiny. Cameras followed her literally everywhere she went, and the attention often became unbearable for the shy teen. But as the years passed, she learned how to manipulate the press in her favor, turning public opinion her way in the public battle of her marriage or currying favor for pet issues like AIDS activism or land mines. Sadly, it was that same press attention that would finally take her life, when the car she was riding in crashed while trying to escape the paparazzi.
Now, 20 years later, all we have left are these iconic photos of Princess Diana that will live on for eternity.