Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997

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Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales (later Charles III), and mother of Princes William and Harry. She was born into the British nobility and grew up close to the royal family. In 1981, while working as a nursery teacher's assistant, she became engaged to Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. Their wedding took place at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981 and made her Princess of Wales, a role in which she was enthusiastically received by the public. They had two sons, William and Harry, who were then second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. Diana's marriage to Charles suffered due to their incompatibility and extramarital affairs. They separated in 1992, soon after the breakdown of their relationship became public knowledge. Their marital difficulties were widely publicised, and they divorced in 1996. Diana's death in a car crash in Paris in 1997 led to extensive public mourning and global media attention.
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creatorOf Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Typed letter signed with initials : Last House [Glen Ellen, California], to David Pleydell-Bouverie, 1981 July 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Subject Files on the United Kingdom, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989 Ronald Reagan Library
referencedIn Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997. Diana, Princess of Wales. File of clippings and miscellanea. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
referencedIn Guide to the Archives of Irish America Irish Republicanism Collection, 1937-2003 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Verlyn Dale Frost papers, bulk 1955-1958, 1954-2010 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Royal wedding collection, 1981. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn MS 17413, Manners, Joyce Rosemary Booker 1932-. Joyce R. Booker Manners journal 1977-1979; 1984-2002 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn Ames, Victor A., 1969-. Papers and photographs, 1994-2000. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Sandringham ENG GB
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 00 GB
Paris A8 FR


Birth 1961-07-01

Death 1997-08-31




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