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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.