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      The marriage of Prince Charles to     The Death of Princess Diana 1997
      Lady Diana Spencer 1981               Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 and
      The wedding took place on 29th July1981   Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car
      in St Paul’s Cathedral. An estimated 750   crash in Paris on 31st August 1997. The
      million people in 74 countries around the   Queen initially remained at Balmoral in
      world tuned in to watch Prince Charles,   Scotland and refused to allow the flag to
      Elizabeth’s eldest son, marry Lady Diana   fly at half-mast over Buckingham Palace
      Spencer. Their romance had attracted huge   or address the grieving nation. There was
      media attention and it was considered to   public outcry and, upon advice from her
      be the ‘wedding of the century’.      advisors, she reversed her stance on the
                                            flag and returned to London to meet the
      State Visit to China 1986             crowds of mourners outside Buckingham
      In  late  1984  Margaret   Thatcher’s
      government  agreed  to  return  sovereignty   The Queen’s Golden Jubilee 2002
      over Hong Kong to China, to begin on 1st
      July 1997. Two years later, in 1986. the   The Queen celebrated 50 years on the
      Queen became the first British monarch   throne on 6th February 2002. She was the
      to visit the Chinese mainland. Together   first British monarch since Queen Victoria
      with Prince Philip she visited the Terracotta   to celebrate a Golden Jubilee. During the
      Army soldier statues at the Qin Shi Huang's   course of the year she travelled over 40,000
      Museum of The Terracotta Warriors and   miles; including visits to the Caribbean,
      Horses, Shaanxi Province, the Great Wall of   Australia, New Zealand and Canada. She
      China and Beijing as well as other notable   also visited 70 cities and towns in 50
      sites.                                counties in the United Kingdom.

      Annus Horribilis 1992
      1992 marked the 40th year of the Queen’s
      reign. However, it was marked by the
      following events:
      •  Charles  and  Diana  announced  their
       decision to separate.
      •  Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also
      •  Princess Anne divorced Mark Phillips.
      •  Fire broke out at Windsor Castle,
       destroying more than 100 rooms.
      In a speech, to mark the 40th anniversary
      of her succession, the Queen referred to
      the year as her ‘Annus Horribilis’ – Latin for
      ‘horrible year’!

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