Today in 1996, the fairytale ended

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Today in History August 28


Although it's been nearly two decades since a tragic car accident took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, the world has remained completely enamored with her life and legacy, which included her tireless charitable efforts across the globe in the fights against countless diseases, drug addiction, poverty and land mines. While each of those things were of great importance to her, it was the relationship Diana had with her family - Sons William and Harry, and of course her husband Prince Charles, that captured the hearts of millions.

See photos below of the couple on their wedding day:
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Today in 1996, the fairytale ended
The Prince and Princess of Wales kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St. Pauls Cathedral in London following their wedding on July 29, 1981. (Anwar Hussein)
Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer pose following the announcement of their engagement, Feb. 24, 1981. (AP)
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles leaving St. Paul's Cathedral after their wedding rehearsal. (PA Archive)
The adorable bridal attendants group on the steps of St.Paul's Cathedral before the wedding ceremony of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales at the High Altar in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, during their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral. Look at that train! (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales pose for a wedding portrait in Buckingham Palace after their marriage ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Princess is wearing the Spencer family tiara. (PA Archive)
The Royal couple, the Prince and Princess of Wales with their young attendants. Sitting, left to right, Catherine Cameron and Clementine Hambro. Standing, left to right, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Edward Van Cutsem, Sarah Jane Gaselee (in front of India Hicks), Prince Edward, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The lovebirds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on their wedding day. (AP)
The Prince and Princess of Wales in an open carriage, waiting to drive to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The 1981 stamp issued by Britain's Royal Mail, to commemorate the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. (AP)
Princess Diana's engagement ring was a blue sapphire with diamonds. Diana's son Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with this ring in 2010. (AP)
A gallery worker holds the duplicate Bridal shoes that Princess Diana wore at her wedding. They were designed by Clive Shilton, and were displayed at La Galleria in Pall Mall, London, in 2011. (Joel Ryan/AP)
The relaxed Prince and Princess of Wales on their second wedding anniversary, July 29, 1983. (AP)

However, while many hoped their fairytale love story, which began with a well-documented courtship in 1980 and the following year led to them jumping the broom at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, would stand the test of time, unfortunately that wasn't the case. Just five years into their marriage, reports circulated in the press of infidelities on both of their parts, with Charles linked to his former girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana's alleged tryst with a few men, including former British military officer James Hewitt.

Although they separated in 1992, their royal divorce wasn't officially finalized until today in August 28, 1996.

And the rest, they say... "Is History".

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