It has been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris and the outpouring of grief that followed the death of the “people’s princess.”
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.
Text from the AP news story, From teacher to tragic figure, the life of Princess Diana.