On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.
The Princess of Wales
After becoming Princess of Wales, Diana automatically acquired rank as the third highest female in the United Kingdom Order of Precedence (after the Queen and the Queen Mother), and as typically fifth or sixth in the orders of precedence of her other realms, following the Queen, the relevant viceroy, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. Within a few years of the wedding, the Queen extended Diana visible tokens of membership in the Royal Family; she lent the Princess a tiara and granted her the badge of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.
From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the “world’s most photographed woman” (although other sources split this title between her and Grace Kelly).
She was noted for her compassion, style, charisma and high-profile charity work, as well as her difficult marriage to the Prince of Wales. Her peak popularity rate in the United Kingdom between 1981 and 2012 was 47%.
In 1999, TIME named Diana one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. In 2002, Diana was ranked 3rd on the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, outranking The Queen and other British Monarchs.
In February 2013, OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, announced that its new arts centre would be named after her, Princess of Wales Visual Arts Centre, a 25,000 square foot facility.
Princess Diana Drive was named in her memory in Trenton, New Jersey, United States.
Prince William and Kate Middleton gave a special tribute to the late Princess, by naming their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.