Diana, Princess of Wales


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July 1, 1961: Lady Diana Frances Spencer is born, the daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer.

July 29, 1981: Married Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, at St. Paul's Cathedral, while millions watched the "fairy-tale wedding." He is 12 years her senior.

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

September 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 a married woman, Camilla Parker Bowles, driving Diana to injure herself and attempt suicide.

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

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

January 12, 1993: The Sun publishes transcript of intimate phone call said to be between Parker Bowles and Charles, reportedly monitored December 1989.

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

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

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

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

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

February 28, 1996: Diana agrees to divorce.

August 28, 1996: Final decree of divorce.

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

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