Death of a princess (1997)

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

1997 -

In the year 1997, on this day, Lady Diana, former Princess of Wales died. She died in a car crash in Paris. At the time, the media blamed paparazzi for following the car. Later a French judicial investigation found out that the driver was drunk and lost control of the vehicle. Diana was married to prince Charles, but they divorced in 1996.


Lady Diana's Grave

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Royal Family
The Royal Family was criticised for how they handled this situation. The family followed the protocol but didn’t appear to show much compassion. Their refusal to fly their flag half-mast, provoked quite some angry headlines.

Lady Diana received a royal funeral, even though she was no longer part of the royal family. Diana had stolen the hearts of many people around the world, therefore two billion people followed the event. Her coffin was carried through the streets of London for one hour and forty-seven minutes. Prince William, one of Diana’s two sons, followed the coffin. As an adult he said it was one of the hardest things he has ever done. He expressed the hope that no child would ever have to go through such procedures.

The burial itself was performed in private. Only a few people where present. She was buried on an island in the middle of a small lake close to Northampton in the UK.


Charles, The prince of wales

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360 trivial fact
Lady Diana wanted to become a ballet dancer. She never became a dancer, because she sadly grew too tall.