See Diana before she was Princess Diana.
Diana Spencer, the fourth child of Frances and Edward Althorp, was born July 1, 1961. She would later gain the title Lady Diana Spencer after her father became the Earl Spencer in in 1975. Here she is pictured on her first birthday.
Young Diana, pictured in her stroller at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk, 1963. She was born into an aristocratic family; the Queen even attended her parents' wedding.
Princess Diana as a chubby-cheeked two-year-old at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk. Early in her childhood, she and her family lived in a rented property on the Queen's estate.
Diana at three years old. "She was quite a lovable child," au pair Inge Crane told CNN. "She was very, very cuddly."
A young Diana Spencer pushes a stroller at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk. In 1983, the Queen turned Park House into a hotel specifically designed to accommodate disabled people and their families.
Diana, pictured circa 1965. Her brother Charles would later say she started exhibiting a spirit of giving and "fighting for good causes" at a young age.
Diana playing with her brother Charles Edward Maurice on the grounds of Park House, Sandringham when she was six years old.
Diana with her brother Charles at their home in Berkshire. "Diana deserves a place in history," Charles would say after her death. "This was a special person, and not just a beautiful one."
A family photo taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Diana's grandparents, the Earl and Countess Spencer. From left to right: Richard Wake-Walker, Lady Anne Wake-Walker, Elizabeth Wake-Walker, Christopher Wake-Walker, Earl Spencer, Countess Spencer, Lady Sarah Spencer, Viscount Althrop, Lady Jane Spencer. Diana Spencer and Charles Spencer stand in the front.
Diana, her siblings, and her father pose for a photograph at home. The family moved to the Spencer estate after Diana's grandfather died, making her father the eighth Earl Spencer.
Diana pictured during a summer vacation. "Diana's dreams all through her childhood really were just to be happily married and to have a large family," nanny Mary Clarke told CNN.
A barefoot Diana poses with a croquet mallet while on holiday in Itchenor, West Sussex.
Diana pictured during a summer vacation in Itchenor, West Sussex in Britain.
Diana's pet Shetland pony Soufflé moves in to nuzzle her 14-year-old owner. Diana kept the pony at her mother and stepfather's house on the Isle of Seil, off Scotland's west coast, which she visited during vacations.
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