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A Life Cut Short

Significant dates in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.





July 1, 1961: Lady Diana Frances Spencer is born, the daughter of the eighth Earl Spencer.


July 29, 1981: Married Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, while millions watched the "fairy tale wedding." He is 12 years her senior.


June 21, 1982: Prince William Arthur Philip Louis born.


Sept. 15, 1984: Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) born.


June 15, 1992: After months of speculation about the state of the royal marriage, Andrew Morton's book "Diana: Her True Story" says Charles has had a longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, driving Diana to injure herself and attempt suicide.


Aug. 25, 1992: The Sun newspaper prints transcript of a phone call monitored in December 1989 between Diana and a man who affectionately calls her "Squidgy."


Dec. 9, 1992: Prime Minister John Major announces to Parliament that Diana and Charles are separating but there are no plans for divorce.


Jan. 12, 1993: The Sun publishes transcript of an intimate phone call said to be between Camilla and Charles in December 1989.


June 29, 1994: In a television documentary, Charles says he had committed adultery after the marriage broke down, "us both having tried."


Oct. 3, 1994: Anna Pasternak's book "Princess in Love" says Diana had a five-year affair with her riding instructor James Hewitt.


Nov. 20, 1995: In a television interview Diana admits adultery with Hewitt.


August 1995: Reports link Diana and rugby star Will Carling. Carling and his wife separate Sept. 29.


December 1995: Charles receives letter from Queen Elizabeth II urging divorce, and he agrees.


Feb. 28, 1996: Diana agrees to divorce.


Aug. 28, 1996: Final divorce


Aug. 31, 1997: Diana killed in a Paris automobile accident. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, also is killed.


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