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article imagePrincess Diana's life in 10 key dates

By AFP     Aug 30, 2017 in World

Below are 10 key dates in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died 20 years ago on Thursday in a car crash in Paris:

- July 1, 1961: The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer is born on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham private estate in eastern England.

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

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

- September 15, 1984: Her second son, Prince Harry, is born third in line to the throne.

Diana's death prompted an unprecedented outpouring of grief
Diana's death prompted an unprecedented outpouring of grief

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

- December 9, 1992: Separates from Charles. Several months earlier, tabloid reporter Andrew Morton had published -- with Diana's covert help -- 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 an explosive BBC television interview she reveals her infidelity as well as that of Charles and casts doubt on his suitability to be king.

- August 28, 1996: Gets divorced from Charles. She can no longer be called "her royal highness" but retains her title of Princess of Wales.

- June 25, 1997: Hands over 79 of her dresses to an auction for 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 boyfriend Dodi Fayed.

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