Looking Back: Diana, America's Favorite Princess

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day. (AP Photo)
Published Aug. 17, 2017

The Washington Post, in her obituary, called her "the most photographed woman in the world." She was loved in England for saying, after her divorce from Prince Charles, "I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts." Americans loved her for her work with charitable causes supporting victims of AIDS and landmines. Aug. 31 marks 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, who was killed with two others in a Paris car crash. And she is still America's favorite royal. Here are some of the best photos of Princess Diana throughout the years.

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Britain's Prince Charles kisses his bride, the former Diana Spencer, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after their wedding on July 29, 1981.

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Prince Charles and Lady Diana speak to reporters after announcing their engagement in 1981.

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The Princess of Wales in a school photo from 1970.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana walk down the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral after their marriage on July 29, 1981.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose with son William on July 29, 1982.

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Princess Diana with sons Prince William, foreground, and Prince Harry.

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Prince Charles and his wife, Princess Diana, with their two sons, William (top) and Henry, ages 7 and 5.

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Diana, Princess of Wales, enjoys a ride on the Maid of Mist in Niagara Falls, Ont., in Oct., 1991.

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Princess Diana and her sons Harry and William (R) sit warmly wrapped up in a horse-drawn carriage in the resort of Lech on March 27, 1994.

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Britain's Princess Diana, right, and the Queen Mother Elizabeth ride in an open carriage down the course at the royal Ascot during the racing season on June 18, 1986.

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Diana the Princess of Wales bows to Mother Teresa, the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, after the two met briefly at the Bronx section of New York, June 18, 1997.

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Mother Teresa said in Calcutta, India, "I am deeply shocked to hear the sad news of death of Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris".

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Diana Princess of Wales during a meeting with Bosnian Serbs and Muslims affected by landmines near Tuzla, Bosnia, August 9. 1997.


Princess Diana, comforts a woman during a visit to Sarajevo's Lion cemetery on one of her last engagements highlighting the suffering of landmine victims on Aug. 10, 1997.

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Princess of Wales, left, chats with British singer and former Beatle Paul McCartney, while McCartney's wife Linda waves to well-wishers as they arrive at the Music Palace in Lille, France on Nov. 15, 1992.

(AP Photo/Adrian Dennis)

This is an aerial view showing a large pile of flowers at the gates of Kensington Palace in London, as crowds continue to arrive to pay their respects to the late Princess Diana, Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997.

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Elton John sings a rewritten version of his "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of the Princess of Wales in London, Westminster Abbey, September 6 1997.

(AP Photo/Neville Elder)

The flower-covered hearse carrying the coffin of Princess Diana is watched by some of thousands of mourners line up on Finchley Road in North London.

(AP Photo/Nigel Marple)

Princess Diana leaves "The London Connection", a resource center for the homeless London.

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British royal, Diana Princess of Wales photographed in 1990.

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