Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The day was July 29, 1981. It was the day that thousands turned up on the streets of London to witness the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles Philip Arthur George of United Kingdom to Diana Spencer. And millions tuned in to watch the event on television.
At the time it was one of the biggest royal event in the world and 22-year old Diana`s amazing beauty and poise added to the excitement of it all. From her entrance in St Paul`s Cathedral in a £9000 dress with a 25-foot (8-metre) train, to the royal couple`s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and the kiss – everything was soaked in by the waiting public who didn`t seem to have enough of them.
However, not all fairytale romances and weddings have an `happily ever after` ending. And that`s what happened to Prince of Wales and Diana, whose marriage was replete with stories of not getting along and extra-marital affairs by both of them. Diana had once famously said on television that there were three of them in the marriage.
Rumours of problems in their marriage surfaced as early as 1985. Charles was said to have gone back to his former girlfriend, Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana was said to be having a relationship with Major James Hewitt, her and her children`s former riding instructor. Reports of these affairs were exposed in May 1992 with the publication of the book `Diana - Her True Story` written by Andrew Morton.
Later in 1994 Prince Charles accepted his affair with Bowles but said that he had gone back to her only in 1986 after his marriage to the Princess Diana had irretrievably broken down.
Needless to say the script went awry and the marriage ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. But the worst was to follow. In a sad ending, Diana died a premature death in a horrific car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. Diana`s funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on September 06.
She was the fourth child of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp and Frances Roche and became Lady Diana Spencer when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. After marriage she became Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester and Baroness of Renfrew.
She had two sons from her marriage with Prince Charles - princes William and Harry.