August 31, 2007 / 8:20 AM / 12 years ago

CHRONOLOGY: Life and times of Princess Diana

(Reuters) - Following is a chronology of the life and times of Princess Diana, who died aged 36 on August 31, 1997. Reuters is running a package of stories to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.

July 1, 1961 - Born into an aristocratic family, third of four children of Lord and Lady Althorp.

1977 - Meets Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, at the family home, Althorp.

February 24, 1981 - Engagement to Charles is announced.

— July 29 - Charles and Diana marry in sumptuous ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

June 21, 1982 - First child born, William Arthur Philip Louis. Diana suffers post-natal depression.

September 15, 1984 - Second child born, Henry Charles Albert David, known as Harry.

1985 - First reports of difficulties in royal marriage.

1986 - Charles renews his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, a woman he later refers to as “the love of his life”. Diana develops eating disorder bulimia. Royal couple continue public duties but lead separate lives in private.

June 1992 - “Diana — Her True Story”, by tabloid reporter Andrew Morton, is published. Diana cooperated, through friends, in the writing of the book which shows her trapped in a loveless marriage and attempting suicide to attract Charles’s attention.

— August 25 - Newspapers publish excerpts of taped telephone conversation between Diana and James Gilby, who calls her “Squidgy” and tells her repeatedly that he loves her.

— December 9 - Prime Minister John Major announces formal separation of the couple in parliament.

September 1994 - “Princess In Love”, by Anna Pasternak, published, telling of an affair between Diana and cavalry officer James Hewitt. Book is condemned but Diana later confirms she had had an affair with Hewitt and says she adored him.

November 20, 1995 - Diana gives television interview in which she admits adultery with Hewitt and says she doubts Charles’s ability to handle the responsibility of being king.

— December 20 - Buckingham Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth had written to Charles and Diana urging them to divorce.

July 12, 1996 - Charles and Diana agree divorce terms. Diana is to get a reported 17 million pound settlement, but is stripped of the title “Royal Highness”.

— Aug 28 - Charles and Diana granted a decree absolute ending their 15-year marriage.

August 7, 1997 - First media reports that Diana has found a new love, Dodi al-Fayed.

— August 31 - Diana is killed in Paris car crash with al- Fayed.

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