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Timeline Of Events
July 29, 1981 Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer are married in a fairytale wedding in London

August 28, 1996 After years of bitter acrimony and intense media coverage of their marital problems, Diana and Charles are officially divorced

May 1, 1997 Tony Blair, the leader of the New Labour Party, wins the election for Prime Minister by a landslide, ending 18 years of rule by Tories Margaret Thatcher and John Major

August 31, 1997 Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, after a high-speed chase by paparazzi

August 31, 1997 Tony Blair appears before a public crowd, calling Diana "the people's princess”

September 2, 1997 British outpouring of grief builds to new heights as an endless sea of bouquets surrounds Diana's residence at Kensington Palace; meanwhile criticism of the silent Royal Family mounts

September 4, 1997 Five days after Diana's death, the Royal Family releases their first public statement

September 5, 1997 The Queen makes a live televised broadcast to the nation, calling Diana "an exceptional and gifted human being”

September 6, 1997 The nation comes to a halt as millions of people line the streets for Diana's public funeral


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