Remembering Princess Diana

On August 31, 1997, some heartbreaking news from Paris changed the world. No doubt you remember where you were when
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On August 31, 1997, some heartbreaking news from Paris changed the world.

No doubt you remember where you were when you heard the news Princess Diana, the Queen of Hearts, had died.

Her death in a tragic car crash in the Pont de l’Ama road tunnel in Paris alongside Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul stunned the world and left many of us numb.

A week later many of us gathered to watch her funeral, who could forget the heartbreaking images of young Princes William and Harry walking in the funeral procession behind their mother’s coffin?

Lady Di’s funeral at Westminster Abbey was watched by millions around the world and attended by thousands of mourners, including her close friend Elton John who sung a tribute song re-written in her honour Candle in the Wind.

Diana was buried in a private ceremony on an island in the grounds of Althorp Park, the traditional home of her family – the Spencers.

She was buried in a black long-sleeved dress designed by Catherine Walker and a set of rosarybeads, a gift from Mother Teresa, was placed in her hands.

Princess Diana left an enormous legacy in her wake.

She worked with charities across the world, advocating for victims of landmines, people with HIV/AIDS and leprosy, and the homeless.

After her death she was famously dubbed the People’s Princess and the Queen of Hearts, titles she is still referred to today.

Today we remember her as a devoted mother to Prince William and Prince Harry, voted one of the most beautiful people to ever have lived and one of the most influential figures in history.

Do you remember hearing the sad news about Diana’s death? Were you always a fan of hers?

  1. Nin  

    I loved Princess Diana … she lived with a man who nearly drove her insane … and died before she could find true happiness. I distinctly remember where I was when her death was announced. A group of four of us were driving to a social event in Pakenham and were left in stunned silence when the news on the radio told of her death in a car crash. So sad … I still occasionally watch my Princess Diana videotape on her life.

  2. Marcia Ann Mullings.  

    Forever cherished memory.

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  4. Jayne  

    I arrived at my table for Lunch, in my Hotel in Seville, Spain, to be advised by fellow travellers’ that Princess Diana had died in Paris.
    My reply was ‘that’s not a very nice thing to say about her’.

    Then they all chimed together, ‘it’s true, she’s dead’.

    All the TV Stations’ were broadcasting about it, & I landed back in Oz the day of her Funeral, which I watched, as did millions’ of other people, worldwide.
    So very sad for her boys’, & what marvellous men they’ve become!

  5. Chris  

    My family were on their way home from church when we heard the news of the accident. We turned the tv on and it was announced that the Princess of hearts had passed away. I saw her in Canberra in 1984 when they visited. I was only a few ft away and I was gob smacked. I have always admired her.

  6. Chris  

    My family were on their way home from church when we heard the news of the accident. We turned the tv on and it was announced that the Princess of hearts had passed away. I saw her in Canberra in 1984 when they visited. I was only a few ft away and I was gob smacked. I have always admired her.

  7. Pat Walker  

    We’d been out for dinner with friends and coming back home, we dozed off in front of the tv. We were awakened around 12.45 by a newsflash that she’d been in an accident and that Dodi was dead. Going to bed I was wakened again by an update around four in the morning saying that Diana had died. Everything seemed so unreal and not right. Remember as well the atmosphere in the country and how people wanted the Queen to return to London and Buckingham Palace. The day of her funeral on the following Saturday, our town centre was totally empty, everyone was watching the funeral on t.v. A very strange time to live through. Still miss her today.

  8. Lorraine  

    I had never been a royalist and thought the royal family a bit of a waste of space (just like the Kardashians).BUT I surprised myself by sitting down and crying my eyes out. My husband and daughter were at the Adelaide Show and were standing outside one of the radio booths when it was announced. Apparently the news spread like a pebble dropped in a lake. Concentric circles of people passing on the message.

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