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Friday, 18 August 2017

10 key dates in Princess Diana’s life




 Princess Diana

Below are 10 key dates in the life of Britain’s Princess Diana, who died 20 years ago on August 31 in a car crash in Paris:

– July 1, 1961: Diana Frances Spencer is born in Sandringham in the east of England.

– July 29, 1981: Marries heir to the British throne Prince Charles.


– June 21, 1982: Gives birth to William, second-in-line to the throne.

– September 15, 1984: Her second son, Harry, is born.

– April 10, 1987: Her handshake with a person suffering from AIDS is beamed around the world, at a time when such sufferers are ostracised.

– December 9, 1992: Separates from Prince Charles. Several months earlier tabloid reporter Andrew Morton had published a biography detailing the breakdown of the royal couple, Diana’s struggle with the eating disorder bulimia and her attempts at suicide.

– November 20, 1995: In a sensational interview with the BBC she reveals her infidelity as well as that of Prince Charles and casts doubt on his ability to be a good king.

– August 28, 1996: Gets divorced from Prince Charles. She can no longer be called a “Royal Highness” but retains her title of Princess of Wales.

– June 25, 1997: Hands over 79 of her dresses to auction to benefit AIDS and cancer research, two of the many causes she defended. The sale nets $5.7 million.

– August 31, 1997: Dies in a high-speed car crash in Paris with her new millionaire boyfriend Dodi Fayed.

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