Birth of the honourable Diana Frances Spencer as the
third daughter of Lord Edward John Spencer, later 8th Earl of Spencer - from 1975 Diana
bore the title "Lady Diana" - and his wife Frances Ruth Burke Roche in Park
House on the Royal Estate of Sandringham (Norfolk, England). Diana's father is the equerry
to Queen Elizabeth II.
Attendance at Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School in Diss, Norfolk.
The parents divorce. The father obtains custody for Diana, her brother Charles and both
sisters Jane and Sarah.
Attendance at West Heath School near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Diana meets Prince Charles at a hunting party, who at that time was
friends with her sister.
Diana goes to finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in
After her return to London, Diana lives with three friends in an
apartment in Coleherne Court in South Kensington, London.
Diana works as a children's nanny at the Young England School in
Diana's contact with the Royal Family and Prince Charles starts anew.
The Spencers visit the Windsors during the summer holidays at Balmoral Castle. The romance
between Charles and Diana begins.
24th February 1981
The engagement between the 19 year-old Lady Diana Frances Spencer and the 32 year-old Heir
to the British Throne Prince Charles is officially announced. The engagement ring is white
gold with an oval sapphire in the middle and 14 diamonds.
29th July 1981
600,000 people crowd Diana's route from Buckingham Palace to London's
St. Paul's Cathedral, and around 750 million television viewers follow the dream wedding
of Charles and Diana live in front of TV sets. For the first time in 300 years an English
girl is betrothed to a British Heir to the Throne.
The first official three day visit to Wales.
21st June 1982
The fist son and Heir to the Throne, Prince William Arthur Philip
Louis, named Wills, is born in St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.
Diana's first official appearance outside Great Britain at the burial
of Princess Grace of Monaco. Diana represented the Queen.
For an official visit to Australia Diana asserts herself and takes her son William with
15th September 1984
The second son of Princess Diana and Charles, Prince Henry Charles
Albert David, named Harry is born, also at St. Mary's Hospital.
At a visit of the British Heirs to the Throne in Italy their two sons
Prince William and Henry are also present. Diana and Charles are also invited to a private
audience with Pope John Paul II.
Diana travels to Berlin and becomes the honorary colonel of the Royal Hampshire Regiment,
which she remained up to 1996.
Princess Diana visits AIDS victims. The palace reacts with outrage at her visit.
Supposedly out of desperation over her unhappy marriage, Princess
Diana attempts suicide.
The first official visit of Charles and Diana to America. President
Reagan throws a huge gala party at the White House. It is the society event of the year.
The honourable citizen of London, the sultan sends Diana jewellery to
the estimated value of Š├1 million.
Diana has a state visit to Germany.
Diana becomes President of the British marital advice organisations,
which she ended on 16/07/1996. She also becomes an honorary citizen of Northampton and
Diana receives a one month driving ban and Š├150 fine due to
In a magazine she is voted as "Best Dressed Woman". Diana
and Charles live in separate apartments.
Earl Spencer, Diana's father dies. His death affects her greatly.
The book "Diana, Her True Story" by Andrew Morton is
published as a series in the Sunday Times, and due to its explosive contents it becomes a
bestseller. With the Princess' later admitted approval, it contains statements from her
close friends about the poor state of her marriage to Prince Charles and over Diana's
fears, her bulimia and the Princess' several suicide attempts.
25th August 1992
The British tabloid paper "The Sun" prints the supposed
transcript of a telephone conversation between Princess Diana and her former friend James
Gilbey. Diana however denied having an affair with Gilbey ( which is also not clearly
presented in this conversation, and probably is just a press invention).
During the state visit to India it becomes clear that Charles and
Diana's marriage over.
A joint trip by Diana and Charles to Korea is judged by the press to
be the last chance to save their marriage.
The magazine "Woman" votes Diana as the "Most
Beautiful Woman" in Britain.
9th December 1992
The British Prime Minister John Major officially announces Charles
and Diana's separation.
13th January 1993
In the Australian woman's magazine "New Idea" the complete
transcript is printed of a six minute long telephone conversation with very intimate
details between Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, which he had held with her three years
before. Charles' adultery with a married woman is therefore obvious. Not only these
whispers between Prince Charles and his lover Camilla Parker-Bowles, but also the
conversation between Diana and her supposed lover James Gilbey are supposed to have taken
place as early as 1989, and supposedly have been recorded by amateur radio enthusiasts.
Rumours grow that it was the work of the systematic monitoring one by the secret
29th June 1994
In a television interview Prince Charles acknowledges to Jonathan
Dimbleby his liaison with Camilla Parker-Bowles and his unfaithfulness to his wife Diana.
He explains his adultery by saying that he already saw his marriage as being over.
Newspapers report further intimate telephone conversations by
In the book "Princess in Love" by Anna Pasternak, the
love-relationship between the former bodyguard and riding teacher for Princess Diana,
James Hewitt and the Princess is described. In the following weeks Hewitt divulges more
and more details about the relationship and the love life between the pair. He is supposed
to have made himself around Š├270,000 richer by doing this.
Diana visits Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Japan.
Diana is awarded the "Prize for Humanity" by the Society
for Brain Research in New York.
24th November 1995
Diana admits her affair with James Hewitt in a BBC TV interview with
the journalist Martin Bashir. She speaks further about her psychological desperation
during the unlucky married years, her mental trauma and the ensuing concurrent
psychological illnesses, which first appeared as eating disorders, and about her attempt
to commit suicide. Apart from this she spoke of her mistrust of the Royal Family and
doubts that her husband, Prince Charles, will ever become king.
Thirteen years after the British-Argentinian war, during her visit to Argentina as
Ambassador of Peace Princess Diana is greeted with excitement.
18th December 1995
Queen Elisabeth II asks her son Prince Charles and Princess Diana to
end their marriage: Charles is immediately in agreement, yet Diana puts off the decision
for three months.
According to a questionnaire by the Gallup-Institute she is voted as
the Beauty Queen of the last 50 years.
Diana is on the front cover photo of the December edition of
28th February 1996
Princess Diana agrees to the wish of Prince Charles and his mother
Queen Elizabeth II to end the marriage.
12th July 1996
Princess Diana and Prince Charles agree over divorce formalities.
15th July 1996
Princess Diana becomes divorced after a 15 year long marriage to the
British Heir to the Throne Prince Charles.
28th August 1996
The divorce becomes legal after six weeks of talks: Diana loses the
title "Royal Highness", but may still call herself "Princess of
Wales". The Princess has a permanent right to live in Kensington Palace and remains a
member of the Royal Family. The custody of the two sons Wills and Harry is given jointly
to both parents, and Diana receives a settlement from her ex-husband in the millions and a
yearly payment of around Š├300,000.
Diana receives a gold medal for a humanitarian mission.
At a visit to Angola Diana demonstrates her disgust at the use of
landmines and demands a world wide ban on these weapons.
Diana meets Mother Theresa ( who died on 5th September 1997 )in New York.
Diana and her sons fly to St. Tropez together, the first holiday with
Dodi Al Fayed.
08th August 1997
Diana visits Bosnia. It is her last trip as "Charity Queen"
and "Queen of Hearts".
30th August 1997
21.45 o'clock: Diana and Dodi go to dinner at the "Ritz" in
the Place Vendome.
31st August 1997
0.25 o'clock: the accident in the Seine-Tunnel under the Place de
I'Alme, not far from the Eiffel Tower. Dodi and the chauffeur Henri Paul die at the scene.
Diana and her bodyguard are still alive. 4.15 o'clock: after intensive attempts to save
Diana's life, the doctors Bruno Rioux and Philipe Pavie at the Pite SalpŃ┤triere
Hospital, where the emergency doctors had brought Diana, let it be known that Diana,
Princess of Wales, died at 4 o'clock in the morning. A BA 146 from the Royal Squadron
brings back Diana's corpse back to Great Britain on that afternoon. The aircraft lands at
Northolt airport. Prime Minister Tony Blair is among those who are waiting. The coffin is
draped with the royal flag. At midnight the coffin lays in state in the Royal Chapel in
St. James' Palace.
5th September 1997
The first live speech from the Queen concerning the death of Princess
6th September 1997
For the lengthy procession through London the Princess of Wales'
coffin is borne on a gun carriage escorted by the Welsh Guard. In Westminster Abbey a
great funeral service is held. Countless prominent people are present, and the popstar
Elton John sings the song "Candle in the Wind". Especially moving to the
watchers is the speech given by Diana's younger brother, the Earl of Spencer.
Approximately two-and-a-half million television viewers followed this speech on the
screen. The coffin containing Diana's body is brought to Althorp House, the Spencer's
family seat. Diana is buried on a small island in the middle of a lake on the