Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of WalesDiana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) was one of the first "celebrity" royals, loved all over the world and photographed wherever she went. Married briefly to Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, she seemed to many to be the ultimate princess. Sadly she was deeply unhappy in her marriage and craved a privacy which she was never able to achieve, even when the marriage ended. Diana died, tragically, in a car crash, in 1997. Learn more about her and explore our collection of printable resources below.

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Diana, Princess of Wales

A Short History of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana was born in 1961. Her family was part of the British nobility and had many connections with the British Royal Family. When her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975, she became Lady Diana Spencer.

Diana wasn't academic, and left school at 16. She worked at various jobs in London and was a teaching assistant at a nursery school (pre-school) when she and Prince Charles began "courting", becoming engaged to be married in February 1981. In July of the same year their fairytale wedding took place, watched by 750 million people on television and 600,000 people lining the streets near the ceremony! The shy 21 year old known as "Lady Di" became Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales, and was adored all over the world.

In June 1982 Prince William was born, followed, in September 1984, by Prince Harry. Diana was very closely involved in their upbringing and tried to give them as normal a childhood as possible. She became very involved in a number of charities, working hard for AIDs, cancer and leprosy sufferers, raising awareness of landmines, helping homeless people and always paying special attention to children.

Unfortunately, her marriage to Prince Charles began to fall apart. By 1992 the couple separated, and in 1993 Diana announced her withdrawal from public life. In 1996 they were divorced.

The following year, on 31st August, Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris. Her sons were just 15 and 12.

Her brother, Earl Spencer, captured the essence of Diana at her memorial service:

"Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic."

As August 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, various tributes to her are planned and her sons will reveal a new statue to her in the gardens of Kensington Palace.

Diana, Princess of Wales Activities

Learn To Draw Princess Diana

Learn to Draw Princess Diana

Children can learn to draw their own picture of the elegant Princess Diana by following along with our step by step illustrations, then colour her in.

Princess Diana Colouring Page

Princess Diana Colouring Page

Here is a lovely colouring page of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in August 1997, aged 36. Diana was the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Princess Diana Comprehension

Princess Diana Comprehension

This two-page comprehension worksheet introduces children to Princess Diana and the main events of her short life, then asks questions to check how much they took in.

Princess Diana Interview Worksheet

Princess Diana Interview Worksheet

Imagine that you are a talk show host and you are interviewing Princess Diana. What would you ask her? This interesting worksheet asks children to really think about the sort of questions they would ask, and what their audience would want to hear.

Princess Diana Notebooking Page

Princess Diana Notebooking Page

Choose from the two designs of notebooking page below to write about Diana, Princess of Wales. The first has space for the children to do their own drawing, or cut and stick a picture, too.

Princess Diana Portrait Colouring Page

Princess Diana Portrait Colouring Page

We've embellished this lovely colouring pages of Diana, Princess of Wales, with a frame, to turn it into a lovely portrait that you can colour and cut out. August 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's tragic death, aged 36.

Princess Diana Poster

Princess Diana Poster

Diana, Princess of Wales, won the nation's heart with her poise and beauty, which we have tried to portray in this simple illustrated poster.

Princess Diana Quote Poster

Princess Diana Quote Poster

"Hugs can do great amounts of good - especially for children". So said Diana, Princess of Wales, and she lived by her words, too. She was famous, for example, for hugging Aids sufferers and, by doing so, beginning to break down the stigma attached to the disease.

Princess Diana Quote Worksheet 1

Princess Diana Quote Worksheet 1

This quote worksheet provides a well-known quote from Diana, Princess of Wales, and asks kids to think about what she meant when she said it, and to rewrite it in their own words. "When you are happy you can forgive a great deal."

Princess Diana Quote Worksheet 2

Princess Diana Quote Worksheet 2

Princess Diana once famously said, “Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” This worksheet asks children to think about what she meant, and to rewrite the quote in their own words.

Princess Diana Story Paper

Princess Diana Story Paper

Our Princess Diana story paper, complete with a lovely picture or colouring page of Princess Diana at her most beautiful in ball dress and tiara, is perfect for children to write a short piece about the late Princess of Wales.

Princess Diana Timeline

Princess Diana Timeline

We've provided a completed timeline of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, highlighting certain key events and dates. You can use this together with our timelines worksheets or refer to it "as is".

Princess Diana Worksheet

Princess Diana Worksheet

Our simple worksheet - which comes in colour or black and white - asks children to find out some facts about Princess Diana and think about what they would talk about if they could meet her.

Princess Diana Writing Page

Princess Diana Writing Page

Use our simple writing page, which come in colour or black and white options, to write about Diana, Princess of Wales.

Royal Family Tree

This fun printable shows the main members of the Royal Family. We have two versions available, one with and one without Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Royal Family Tree Cut and Stick Worksheet

Royal Family Tree Cut and Stick Worksheet

Here's a fun way for the kids to learn how the Royal Family fit together! On the first page we provide cartoon images for the kids to cut out and stick into the correct places in the blank grid on the second page. Version 2 includes Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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