Princess Diana was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961 near Sandringham, Norfolk. She became known as Lady Diana when her father, Edward John Spencer, became the eighth Earl Spencer in 1975. She met Prince Charles two years later. The late first wife of Charles, the Prince of Wales, is widely loved across the world. Her legacy lives on years after her death.

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Princess Diana, Picture by USA Today

Diana  married Prince Charles when she was just 20 in a ceremony reportedly watched worldwide by more than 750 million people. She grew up in the public eye but was determined to be her own person and so she explored her interests and passions. She compassionately promoted charity and got involved with the notion of ‘giving back.’ Diana’s biggest campaign was her fight against landmines.

Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral.

On what would have been her 55th birthday, here are five simple yet powerful quotes that promise to inspire you.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

“When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.”

“People think that at the end of the day a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me.”

Princess Diana Quote

“I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.”

“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.”