Prince William Meets With His New Housemaster Dr. Andrew Gailey At Eton College, Accompanied By Prince Charles, Diana Princess Of Wales And Prince Harry. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Flashback: On the Verge of Divorce, Charles and Diana Take William to School

Photos from the young Prince's big day in 1995 — just months before the infamous split.

On September 16, 1995, Prince Charles and Princess Diana did what most parents do come the end of summer: They took their son to school. Then 13 years old, Prince William was accompanied by his mother, father, and 11-year-old brother Harry for his first day at the prestigious Eton College. It was an auspicious occasion for many reasons — and a poignant one in Charles and Diana's troubled marriage. The couple, who married in 1981, had announced their separation in 1992, but only weeks after these photos at Eton, Diana would give a bombshell interview to the BBC in which she'd go into more detail about her and Charles' infidelities. Referring to Camilla Parker Bowles, Diana would also say, infamously, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." By December 1995, the Queen herself was urging the two to divorce, a legal split that would eventually become official on August 28, 1996. Here, a look back at one of the last public moments before the final chapter of Charles and Diana's union.

PRINCE WILLIAM AT ETON (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) Tim Graham/Corbis via Getty Images INSIDE ETON'S HALLOWED HALLS Eton, a boarding school for Britain's elite, is about an hour west of London. A British TV report from the time noted, "Along with the traditional uniforms and customs, William will face a range of subjects, from cookery to car maintenance, from Latin to Swahili." Prince William follows Eton tradition by signing a book before starting at the school, as Prince Charles, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) and Prince Harry look on, September 1995. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images) Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images A PRINCE SIGNS IN Charles, Diana, and Harry look on as William signs the entrance book.

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ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Prince And Princess Of Wales Walking With Headmaster Of Eton, Mr John Lewis, Having Left Prince William On His First Day At The New School. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images) Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images TEACHER CONFERENCE Charles and Diana talk to school officials after dropping William off.
ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 1995: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, their sons Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at Eton College for William's first day of school on September 1995. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
The Prince and Princess of Wales and family at Eton College with housemaster Dr Andrew Gailey on Prince William's first day at the school, September 1995. Left to right: Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) and Andrew Gailey. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
Anwar Hussein/WireImage Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images Prince William Meets With His New Housemaster Dr. Andrew Gailey At Eton College, Accompanied By Prince Charles,Diana Princess Of Wales And Prince Harry. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images) Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images HAPPIER TIMES Even a British news report from the time seemed to allude to Charles and Diana's well-publicized marital troubles: "It's a picture that will be flashed all around the world: two future kings of England at Eton and a royal family, for once, putting on a united, happy front." The happy, optimistic family moment, sadly, would not last.



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