Princess Diana: Charities
"I would like to be queen of people's hearts"
If there was one thing Diana said she was good at, it was her ability to "care for people." After her divorce, she focused her energy in several charities. Her championed causes usually involved the most disadvantaged and the forgotten.
Princess Diana was among the first high-profile people seen touching and shaking hands with people stricken with AIDS, changing the world's perception about the disease. Her active involvement in the National AIDS Trust, which does research, education and treatment of HIV/AIDS, led to a worldwide revolution, and numerous celebrities and organizations - such as Elton John and People Magazine - established foundations for the cause.
In January 1997, pictures of the Princess touring an Angolan minefield in a ballistic helmet and flak jacket were seen worldwide. She is believed to have influenced the signing, though only after her death, of the Ottawa Treaty, which created an international ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Fund supports palliative care. Palliative care is an approach to caring for people who are dying. It is a holistic way of enabling people to die with dignity and to support the families through the grieving process.
Diana was patron to The Leprosy Mission, an organization dedicated to providing treatment and support services to those afflicted with the disease.
The Royal Marsden & Great Ormond Street Hospitals for Children
was patron to both the Royal Marsden Hospital (dedicated to childhood
cancers) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (dedicated
to ground breaking surgeries). Diana was often seen visiting
young kids afflicted with cancer or battling debilitating diseases
CentrepointCentrepoint is an organization that helps homeless youth and teens by getting them off the streets. They provide temporary shelter, help in getting education, job placement, referrals to professional services, and counseling . After Princess Diana's death, Prince William took over, and now carries on her legacy by volunteering his time to support this organization.
Most of Princess Diana's humanitarian efforts remain active to this day.