Diana, Princess of Wales, became an international icon revered for her charity work, her sense of fashion, and her popularity. She was born on July 1, 1961 and rose to prominence after marrying Great Britain’s Prince Charles on July 29, 1981. The ceremony was viewed by a global television audience of an estimated 750 million people. The twenty year old Diana wore a gown that cost over nine thousand British pounds and had a twenty-five foot long train. Her two sons Princes William and Henry (Harry) were raised with more frequent contact with ordinary people (including those in need) than previous Royals had experienced. She defied palace conventions in her efforts to instill a sense of compassion and empathy in her sons. She and Prince Charles divorced in August 1996 and she continued her charity work by supporting HIV/AIDS charities, hospices, homeless relief, drug addiction treatment programs, animal protection laws, and landmine bans. She was already known as the world’s most photographed woman and she vowed to use her fame to draw attention to worthy causes. She died in an automobile accident in France on August 31, 1997. British Prime Minister Tony Blair called her “the People’s Princess” and her funeral at Westminster Abbey became an occasion for global mourning. She was buried on an island on the grounds of her ancestral estate Althorp Park. A 2002 B.B.C. poll placed Diana third in a list of greatest Britons.