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A timeline of the key moments in Princess Diana’s life

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 20 years ago.

world Updated: Aug 26, 2017 16:33 IST
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In this 1996 file photo, Britain's Diana, Princess of Wales, arrives for dinner in Washington.(AP)

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.

In this 1984 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, with their newborn son Prince Harry. (AP)

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.