Today in History: Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce

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Nineteen years ago today on August 28, 1996, Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales were officially divorced.

The royal couple, who mesmerized the world for many years, were married on July 29, 1981 in London's beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral. With over 2,000 guests in attendance and one billion television viewers tuned in, the whole world seemed just as enamored with Princess Diana as Charles had been.

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Sadly, the adoration did not last forever and after 15 years of marriage, the couple announced their separation on December 9, 1992. The two continued to carry out their royal duties for four years after their separation, and were officially divorced in 1996 after a settlement was reached. London newspapers reported that Diana received approximately $22.5 million in cash.

The couple reportedly ended their marriage because of extramarital affairs on both sides. In an interview with BBC's Panorama, Diana said "Well there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

Just one year and four days after the divorce was finalized, Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. Investigations concluded that her driver was heavily intoxicated and trying to escape the paparazzi, and crashed the car consequently.

Tribute To Princess Diana Outside Kensington Palace In London, United Kingdom On September 04, 1997.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana were a captivating couple for many years, and Diana continues to live on through the legacy of her sons.

See more photos from Charles and Diana's iconic wedding here:

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Today in History: Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce
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)

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