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Prince Charles And Princess Diana Announce Their Separation – 12/9/1992

Today in 1992, the British Prime Minister John Major announced the formal separation of Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British royal throne, and his wife Diana. According to the Prime Minister, the couple was separating in an amicable manner. Rumors of separation between the royal couple had long been carried by newspaper agencies several years before the time of the announcement alleging that Charles and Diana spent their holidays separately and official visits in different rooms

It was a memorable day on July 29, 1981, as almost one billion viewers in some 74 countries across the globe tuned in their TV to watch the marriage of Prince Charles, heir to the British royal throne, to Lady Diana Spencer, a young English teacher. The marriage was held stylishly at St. Paul's Cathedral in the sight of 2,650 invitees, making the wedding ceremony the talk of the town. A year later, the royal couple welcomed the birth of their first child Prince William, while the second child Prince Henry was born in 1984.

It did not take long before the couple grew apart, which was an awful experience in the eyes of those that had expected much from the couple and especially the media who were watching the couple closely. Unfortunately, in 1992, Charles and Diana separated but still kept on doing their royal duties. In addition, Queen Elizabeth II advised the couple to divorce, which they did after reaching a final agreement two months later in August of 1996. In order to relinquish the title of "Her Royal Highness" along with any other future claims to the British throne, Lady Diana received a bourgeois settlement, the right to retain her apartments at Kensington Palace and her title of Princess of Wales.

A year after the divorce, on August 31, the popular princess was in France for an event with his friend Dodi Fayed when their car was involved in a ghastly car accident that claimed their lives. Investigation into the incident by the French Police revealed that the driver who also died during the accident was heavily intoxicated and was the cause of the accident while attempting to get away from the paparazzi photographers who were found of following the princess anytime she is at any event.

On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles married the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles.

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Kelly Sutherland

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Hi! I'm Kelly. My favorite time period was the 70s. I had a boatloads of fun traveling around with my close friends spreading love and just living my life to the fullest... if you know what I mean ;) Now I enjoy sitting in my cozy nook writing and learning about history.