Diana, Princess of Wales 1961 – 1997

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Lady Diana Spencer Princess of Wales


Father – Edward John Althorpe
Mother – Frances Althorpe
Spouse – Prince Charles
Children – William, Henry (Harry)



1961 (1st July)
A daughter, Diana Frances was born at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk to Edward John Viscount Althorpe and his wife Frances.
1961 (30th August)
Diana Frances was christened at St Mary Magdalene Church Sandringham.
1964 (20th May)
Diana’s brother Charles Edward Maurice was born.
1967 (during)
Diana’s parents decided to divorce. She and her brother spent time with both parents while they went through the courts to decide custody of the children.
1967 (during)
Diana’s father, Earl Spencer, won custody of Diana and her younger brother Charles.
1967 (during)
Diana attended Silfield day school.
1969 (2nd May)
Diana’s mother married Peter Shand Kydd.
1970 (during)
Diana was sent to Riddlesworth Hall Boarding School in Norfolk.
1973 (during)
Diana was sent to West Heath Girls’ Boarding School, Sevenoaks, Kent.
1975 (during)
Diana’s father became Earl Spencer and Diana became Lady Diana Spencer.
1977 (during)
Diana’s father married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, daughter of Barbara Cartland.
1977 (during)
Diana met Prince Charles for the first time when he was dating her elder sister, Sarah.
1978 (during)
Diana went to the Institut Alpin Videmanette finishing school in Rougemont, Switzerland.
1980 (during)
Diana began working as an assistant at the Young England kindergarten in Pimlico.
1980 (Summer)
Diana was a guest a a country weekend where she watched Prince Charles playing polo.
1980 (November)
Charles invited Diana to meet his parents at Balmoral.
1981 (6th February)
Charles proposed to Diana and she accepted.
1981 (24th February)
The engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was officially announced.
1981 (25th February)
Diana left her work and moved out of her flat. She took up residence at Clarence House the home of the Queen Mother.
1981 (March)
Diana made her first public appearance with Charles at a charity ball at Goldsmith’s Hall.
1981 (29th July)
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Frances Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral. Around 600,000 people lined the streets to see the royal couple.
1981 (August)
Charles and Diana lived at Kensington Palace London and at Highgrove House, Tetbury.
1981 (4th November)
Diana attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time.
1982 (21st April)
Diana attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony for the first time.
1982 (21st June)
A son, William Arthur Philip Louis was born to Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
1983 (March)
Diana and Charles left Britain for a six week tour of Australia and New Zealand. Diana decided to take her young son with her rather than leave him behind with a nanny.
1983 (June)
Charles and Diana went on a tour of Canada.
1984 (15th September)
A son, Henry Charles Albert David, known as Harry, was born to Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
1985 (April)
Charles and Diana visited Italy and met the President. They also visited the Vatican where they had a private audience with Pope John Paul II
1985 (November)
Charles and Diana made a visit to the United States where they were received by Ronald and Nancy Reagan at the White House.
1986 (during)
Charles and Diana made a tour of Japan, Indonesia, Spain and Canada.
1987 (during)
Charles and Diana on a tour of Germany and France.
1988 (during)
Charles and Diana toured Australia.
1990 (March)
Charles and Diana made a tour of Nigeria and Cameroon.
1990 (May)
Charles and Diana made a formal visit to Hungary where they were received by the President.
1990 (November)
Charles and Diana attended the enthronement of Emperor Akihito in Japan.
1991 (July)
Diana made news headlines after she hugged an AIDS patient.
1991 (23rd – 29th October)
Charles, Diana and Princes William and Harry made a visit to Ontario, Canada.
1991 (September
Diana made a visit to Pakistan.
1991 (September)
Charles and Diana made a visit to Brazil.
1992 (February)
Charles and Diana made a visit to India. Diana was famously photographed sitting alone in front of the Taj Mahal.
1992 (29th March)
Diana’s father, Earl Spencer, died of a heart attack.
1992 (May)
Diana made a five day visit to Egypt.
1992 (7th June)
The Sunday Times published the first part of Andrew Morton’s book ‘Diana, Her True Story’ which spoke of Diana’s depression, bulimia and unhappy married life.
1992 (20th November)
Windsor Castle, one of Elizabeth’s properties, was partly destroyed by a fire.
1992 (9th December)
It was announced in the House of Commons that Prince Charles and Lady Diana were to separate.
1994 (June)
Charles admitted adultery during a TV documentary entitled Charles:The Private Man, The Public Role.
1994 (November)
A biography of Prince Charles was published. It detailed his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles which had begun in 1972.
1994 (December)
Details of an affair between Diana and Captain James Hewitt emerged.
1995 (February)
Diana made a visit to Japan.
1995 (June)
Diana made a visit to Venice.
1995 (late Summer)
Diana began a relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
1995 (November)
Diana made a visit to Argentina.
1995 (November)
Diana was the subject of a BBC Panorama programme where she admitted an affair with James Hewitt from 1986 – 1991. She also stated how she would like to be seen as the ‘queen of people’s hearts’.
1996 (28th August)
The marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was formally dissolved. Diana was allowed to retain the title Princess but was not allowed to use HRH. Custody of their children was shared equally.
1997 (January)
Diana went to Angola where she launched her campaign against landmines.
1997 (June)
The relationship between Diana and Hasnat Khan ended.
1997 (25th June)
Diana held an auction of 79 gowns in New York. The auction raised $4.5 million for AIDs and Cancer charities.
1997 (July)
Diana began a relationship with Dodi Al-Fayed, son of the owner of Harrods store.
1997 (August)
Diana went to Bosnia to further promote her campaign against landmines.
1997 (31st August)
Lady Diana Spencer was killed in a car crash in Paris.
1997 (early September)
The Queen was fiercely criticised for remaining in Scotland rather than returning to London and also for not flying the flag on Buckingham Palace at half mast following the death of Lady Diana.
1997 (5th September)
Queen Elizabeth made a public broadcast commending Diana and expressing her feelings as a grandmother for her two grandsons.
1997 (6th September)
Diana was given a formal funeral with procession through the streets of London. She was buried on an island at the Althorpe family estate.


Published Jan 1, 2017 @ 18:34 pm – Updated – Apr 29, 2018 @ 3:03 pm


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Heather Y Wheeler. (2017). Diana, Princess of Wales 1961 – 1997. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/diana-princess-of-wales-1961-1997 Last accessed May 19th, 2019


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