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I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am

The world seemed to come to a standstill when news broke that the Princess of Wales had died in a Paris car crash.

The nation mourned and Britain seemed almost paralysed by grief as the funeral of the People’s Princess took place.

It had been such a very different story in 1981, when the nation had been enchanted by her “fairy tale” wedding to Prince Charles. The 20-year old Lady Diana Spencer became a princess and, later, self-styled queen of people’s hearts, who drew crowds of adoring well-wishers wherever she went.

A style icon, Diana was also a major champion of good causes, supporting people living with HIV and AIDS and lending her high-profile support to the global campaign to rid the world of land mines.

As the mother of both Princes William and Harry, who were aged just fifteen and twelve at the time of her death, she was demonstrative, adored and adoring mum.

“I'd like to be a queen in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being queen of this country,” she once said.

So it would prove to be, but Diana lives on in the hearts of millions.