This month marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. Known as the “people’s princess,” Diana died on August 31, 1997 in a car crash in Paris. 20 years later, she remains to be a pop culture icon — someone who is remembered by her inner and outer beauty, class, and style.

There are so many things that come to mind when one thinks about Princess Diana. Some think about her gorgeous wedding gown, while others remember her funeral. Or, you might think about her charity work, and her effort to blur the lines between royalty and commoner. After all, she was called the “people’s princess” for a reason.

According to an article in British Heritage entitled “Diana’s Legacy: A Modernized Monarchy,” it states “in life, Diana revitalized the British monarchy,” while in death she “changed it forever.” The article then states that Diana inspired the next generation of royals to not only be more “accessible” but to give back in numerous charities.

To honor and remember Princess Diana, major television networks have been airing documentaries about her life. Tonight begins a two part documentary on ABC called The Story of Diana, Part One. A few months ago, NBC had a Dateline Special about Diana’s life and death — which discussed her romantic relationships, marriage to Prince Charles and motherhood. These specials help us remember Diana’s life and beauty, as well as what she left behind.

Despite the time that has passed, we still remember Diana. We remember her for more than the clothes she wore, or the events she attended. Instead, we remember the woman who handled the pressures of royalty effortlessly and with class. We remember her for changing the British Monarchy. This is why she remains to be a role model to all — even to those who may not have been alive during her reign.

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