Princess Diana celebrated her last birthday at a gala, but not before meeting some of her devoted followers. Her untimely death was the result of a terrible car accident that occurred just two months earlier.

On her 36th birthday, which was on July 1, 1997, the late royal celebrated in grand fashion by attending a banquet in London that was held in honour of the Tate Gallery’s Centennial. Princess Diana dazzled in a black beaded gown that was a birthday present from her friend and designer Jacques Azagury. She accessorised the look with a sparkling choker necklace featuring green stones and drop earrings that matched.

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By stopping to shake hands with well-wishers who had gathered outside, Diana demonstrated why she was known as “The People’s Princess.” They showered her with birthday presents, such as greeting cards, flowers, and a miniature pink balloon adorned with an illustration of a bear.

Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, Diana’s younger brother, remarked in an earlier interview with PEOPLE that Diana “had a genius for people.” “She had the ability to put anyone, from the most important people in the world to the most lowly of servants, at complete ease in her presence.”

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The last summer of Princess Diana’s life was highlighted by two trips: one to the United States, during which she met Hillary Clinton and delivered a speech at a gala for victims of land mines that was hosted by the Red Cross; and another to Bosnia, during which she worked with the Land Mine Campaign. In addition, she spent her vacation time in St. Tropez with her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, as well as her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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On August 30, the couple finally made it to Paris after spending a combined total of nine days on vacation with Al Fayed along the French and Italian Riviera. After only a few hours, Diana and Dodi were both killed in a car accident that occurred in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel. They were on their way from the Hotel Ritz Paris to another apartment in the city when the accident occurred.

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The legacy of Diana has been carried on by her sons, both in the charitable work they do and in the efforts they make to keep her memory alive.

In an exclusive interview with People magazine, Prince Harry said in April 2022, “I certainly hope and believe that everything I do makes her proud.” “During the twelve short years that I had the good fortune to spend with her, I witnessed and felt the vitality and lift that she got from helping others, regardless of their history, condition, or social standing. Her life, as well as theirs, was improved because of it, regardless of how long either of theirs or hers was.”

He added, “In everything that I do, I pay tribute to my mother.

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