When I was a little girl, I used to love going through my Granny’s books about the royal family. She had a thing about them, and enjoyed talking all things royal. Every time I spent a weekend at her house, those books are the first thing I would go for and I was particularly fascinated with Princess Diana, the Queen of Hearts. I loved her!

Even as I got older, I used to sniff out ‘Princess Di’ stories in the YOU magazine.

I can still remember exactly where I was and who I was with when I heard that she had passed away in a car accident. I didn’t have a cell phone in 1997, but I went to the nearest call box / public phone and called my boyfriend to find out if he had heard. It was such big, and incredibly sad news.

In loving memory and in celebration of her life, here is a wonderful gallery, full of photos – from as far back as her first birthday. Enjoy…

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1st July 1962:  Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles, on her first birthday at Park House, Sandringham.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1st July 1962: Lady Diana Spencer  on her first birthday at Park House, Sandringham. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)