The Royals

Princess Diana and the Causes Close to Her Heart

The people's Princess, who would have been 54 today, championed many causes – and touched countless lives

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A staunch opponent of land mines, the Princess – clad in a flak jacket and face shield – toured a minefield on Jan. 15, 1997. Diana, who was the British Red Cross vice president, later called for an international ban on mines and faced accusations in the UK that her actions were politically motivated. "I am not a political figure," she countered. "My interests are humanitarian. That is why I felt drawn to this human tragedy."