The world was saddened on August 31, 1997 to learn that Diana, the Princess of Wales, had died following a car crash in Paris. There was widespread public mourning for the loss of such a beloved icon. Even after her death, Diana’s work lives on in the form of commemorative charities and projects established to help people around the world in need. The figure depicts the elegant Diana in an off-the-shoulder royal purple crushed velvet gown designed by Bruce Oldfield. The Princess wore this gown during an official visit to Portugal in 1987..