IN MEMORY OF DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES.
Her Royal Majesty
1961 - 1997
Born: July 1, 1961 - Sandringham, Norfolk, England.
Died: August 31, 1997 -
Funeral: September 6, 1997
Events Leading Up To Princess Diana Death after Paris car crash,
Companion Dodi Fayed, and chauffeur also killed.
Diana, Princess of Wales, died at 4 a.m. after going into
cardiac arrest, doctors told a news conference at Paris'
Hospital de la Pitie Salpetriere.
The death was announced at 6 a.m. by Dr. Alain Pavie, head of
the cardiology department.
Prince Charles will fly from Scotland to Paris Sunday to accompany the body of his former wife on its return to Britain.
Diana and Charles' two sons, Princes William, 15, and Harry, 12, were vacationing with Charles at the royal family's Scottish home at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace said Charles had been notified of the accident and had told the children.
"The death of the Princess of Wales fills us all with shock
and deep grief," said British ambassador Michael Jay, who was
at the hospital.
The princess' death came after she suffered massive internal
injuries, including lung damage, Christopher Dickey,
Newsweek's Paris bureau chief, told.
Diana also suffered severe head injuries, hospital officials
Ambulance workers managed to revive her at the crash scene, but her heart stopped beating on arrival at the hospital, said Dr. Bruno Riou, head of the hospital's intensive care unit.
Surgeons opened Diana's injured chest, closed a wound in her heart and massaged the heart for two hours in a vain battle to save her life, he said.
"We could not revive her," Riou said.
A fourth person in the car, one of the princess' bodyguards,
was seriously injured in the wreck, police said.
The high-speed crash occurred shortly after midnight in a
tunnel along the Seine River at the Pont de l'Alma bridge less than half a mile from the Eiffel Tower, while paparazzi -- the commercial photographers who constantly tailed Diana -- were following her car on motorcycles, police said.
Diana's car was traveling at 80 mph through the narrow tunnel, a French official said. The driver apparently lost control of the car, according to French radio, which quoted witnesses as saying the car slammed into a concrete support post, then bounced into a wall.
More than one million people lined the streets of London to say goodbye to Princess Diana at her funeral.
A further 2.5 billion people worldwide watched the Princess Diana funeral on television.
Princess Diana's funeral began at 11 a.m.
The Princess Diana funeral was held at Westminster Abbey and was attended by well known dignitaries, celebrities, royalty, the rich and the poor.
The service was broadcast over a public address system linked throughout the city.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park to watch the service on huge television screens.
Princess Diana's coffin was draped with the Royal Starndard-The Windsor Family Flag, and covered with white lillies and a floral arrangement.
There was a card with just one word written on it-"Mummy".
Before her casket was carried out of the Abbey the nation paused for one minutes silence.
The coffin was borne on a horse drawn carraige.
An honour guard of British soldiers served as pallbearers for Princess Diana`s funeral.
Princess Diana's two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, her brother, Prince Charles and the Queens husband, Philip walked behind the coffin for the last mile.
Mourners stood in silence, others tossed flowers or cried during the funeral of Princess Diana.
Behind the main mourners came 500 people representing the charities that Princess Diana supported.
With business closed, Heathrow airport traffic held up, the country came to a standstill as the bells of the Abbey rang for Diana.
Princess Diana's body was taken to her family's country estate where she was buried on an island within the estate.
"Diana, Princess of Wales"
is © copyright, Author: Ashleigh Jane, London, England. September 1997,
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"Diana, Princess of Wales"
From a lavish bouquet
To a few single roses,
From a plant in a pot
To small pretty posies,
From teddies so fluffy
To a cuddly pink bunny,
Carnations to lilies
And tins full of money,
Candles that flickered
To cards made by hand,
Really sounds grand.
But grand it was not,
For from sadness it came,
Our princess was gone,
Diana by name.
It was hard to believe,
This "breath of fresh air",
This "bud, to a beauty",
This girl full of care,
Had been taken so suddenly
In so tragic a way,
"Diana, Princess of Wales"
In our hearts you will stay.
Death and Funeral
When and where did Diana die?
Diana died at the Pitié Salpétrière Hospital, Paris,
France on 31 August 1997. She had been involved in a car accident which left
her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, and the chauffeur, Henri Paul, dead. The only
survivor was the bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones.
When and where were Diana's funeral and burial
Diana's funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. Her coffin
was covered with a Royal Standard which was not the Sovereign's Royal Standard
but one that was slightly different (that is, it was edged with ten ermine
tails on a white background). This particular version of Royal Standard is
one that is reserved for members of the royal family who are styled 'Royal
Highness', but HM The Queen gave permission for its use on Diana's coffin.
Diana's brother, Charles, wanted a private funeral for his sister and his
and the Spencer family's wishes were taken into account by the royal family
and the government. Diana's funeral was not a State Funeral (accorded
to the sovereign and on rare occasions to national heros like Admiral Nelson,
the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill), nor was it a Ceremonial
Royal Funeral (accorded to the sovereign's consort and to members of the
royal family who hold high military rank), nor was it a Private Royal Funeral
(accorded to those who hold the rank of Royal Highness). Diana's funeral
was a "a unique funeral for a unique person", in the words of Buckingham
Palace. It was both a public yet private funeral. It was a state
event but did not have all the pomp and ceremony of a State funeral. (One
of the features of a State Funeral is the lying in state, but since neither
the royal family nor the Spencer family wanted Diana's body to lie in state,
no lying in state was organized.)
Diana was buried later that day in sanctified ground on a small island in
a lake on the Althorp estate, her family's ancestral home. The publication
of Diana's burial certificate, dated 12 September 1997, states that she was
buried 'in an extra-parochial place, namely at Althorp Park in the County
of Northamptonshire in the grave previously consecrated by the Bishop of
Peterborough on the,
"Island in the Oval Lake".
I had always looked upon Diana as my role model, we were both girls with hearts full of care, Angels of Mercy.
I just wished you had been spared some of your heartaches. A lot of people loved you and will miss you very much! A beautiful light and gentle spirit has gone from this earth. Rest in peace Diana - Queen of Hearts - finally set free from the obstacles to your visions
Diana is at peace now,
She Will Never Be Forgotten.
Jane xXx -London, England.
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