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Diana Spencer

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer

Profession: Princess of Wales

United Kingdom

Biography: Diana was the wife of Prince Charles from 1981 until their divorce in 1996. Their relationship and eventual break-up drew enormous media scrutiny from around the globe. The object of worldwide press attention during and after her marriage, Diana became a media sensation.

During her life she was a supporter of many charitable causes, notably land-mine clearance, AIDS, and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

On 31 August 1997 she died in a car crash in Paris. Global attention and mourning was extensive, and 2 billion people tuned in to her funeral on 6 September.

Born: July 1, 1961
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 31, 1997 (aged 36)
Cause of Death: Car crash

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Historical Events

  • 1981-02-24 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
  • 1982-06-22 Prince Charles and Princess Diana take new-born son Prince William home from hospital
  • 1982-06-28 Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, name their baby "William"
  • 1989-02-01 Diana, Princess of Wales visits New York City
  • 1995-11-20 Princess Diana admits she cheated on Prince Charles in a TV interview
  • 1997-01-15 Diana, Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK
  • 1997-06-25 Christies auctions off Princess Diana's clothing for $5.5 million
  • 1997-08-31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris
  • 1997-09-06 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London
  • 1997-09-13 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the UK
  • 1997-09-22 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US
  • 1998-02-03 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain
  • 1998-03-06 British Union Flag begins to be flown full-mast over Buckingham Palace whenever British monarch not in residence, following change of protocol after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • 2021-07-01 Britain's Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace

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