Today in 1996, the fairytale ended

Today in History August 28

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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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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)
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 Prince and Princess of Wales in an open carriage, waiting to drive to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The relaxed Prince and Princess of Wales on their second wedding anniversary, July 29, 1983. (AP)
TODAY -- Royal Wedding -- Aired 7/29/81 -- Pictured: Lady Diana Spencer look a-like modeling a wedding dress similar to that actually worn at the Royal Wedding -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing an Emanuel wedding dress, enters St. Paul's Cathedral on the hand of her father, Earl Spencer, for her marriage to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on 29 July, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
29th July 1981: Formal portrait of Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997) in her wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London. Diana told of a lonely existence in her married life to Prince Charles in audio tapes aired by the U.S. television network NBC on March 4, 2004. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
29th July 1981: Charles, Prince of Wales, with his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the altar of St Paul's Cathedral during their marriage ceremony. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 29: (FILE PHOTO) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St. Paul's Cathedral following their wedding July 29, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales are seen during their wedding at St Paul Cathedral in London 29 July 1981. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
Newlyweds Princess Diana and Prince Charles are escorted through London to Buckingham Palace in an open horsedrawn carriage, 29th July 1981. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
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. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Wedding day of Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer, 29th July 1981, Pictured: Bridal attendants at St Pauls Cathedral, RIGHT Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (age 17). (Photo by Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LONDON,UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles attend their wedding on July 29, 1981 in London. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images) (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
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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". WhatDoYouRemember.com?

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