From teacher to tragic figure, the life of Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales, enjoys a ride on the Maid of Mist in Niagara Falls, Ont., in this Oct., 1991, photo, with her sons Prince Harry, then 7, and Prince William, then 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:17AM EDT
LONDON -- It has been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris and the outpouring of grief that followed. Here is a timeline of the key moments in Princess Diana's life:
- July 1, 1961: Diana Frances Spencer is born into an aristocratic family.
- February 24, 1981: Lady Diana's engagement to Prince Charles, 32, is announced.
- July 29, 1981: Diana, 20, marries Prince Charles at St Paul's Cathedral in London. The wedding was broadcast around the world, watched by hundreds of millions on television.
- June 21, 1982: Princess Diana's first son, William Arthur Philip Louis, is born. He is known as Prince William.
- September 15, 1984: The royal couple's second son, Henry Charles Albert David, is born. He is known as Prince Harry.
- June 1992: Andrew Morton's book, "Diana, Her True Story," is published. It reveals she attempted suicide and suffered from an eating disorder.
- December 9, 1992: Charles and Diana's formal separation is announced to Parliament by Prime Minister John Major
- November 20, 1995: Diana speaks about her marital problems, affairs, postnatal depression, and tensions with the royal family in a widely-watched interview on the BBC.
- December 20, 1995: Buckingham Palace says the Queen wrote to the couple earlier that week calling on them to divorce.
- August 28, 1996: Diana and Charles divorce.
- August 31, 1997: Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed die in a high-speed car crash in Paris.
- September 6, 1997: Thousands attend Diana's funeral in London.