Diana, Princess of Wales, (Diana Frances;née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was a popular international media icon of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981. The wedding, which was held at St Pauls Cathedral, was televised and watched by a global audience of over 750 million people. The marriage produced two sons, Princes William and Harry,and they are second and third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth Realms.
A public figure from the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, Lady Diana, who was born into an old, aristocratic English family with royal connections, remained the focus of worldwide media scrutiny before, during and after her marriage. This continued in the years following her death in a car crash and in the subsequent display of public mourning. Contemporary responses to Diana's life and legacy are mixed but popular interest with the Princess endures.