From the time she married Prince Charles in 1981, Princess Diana was a beloved figure in Britain, but few could have imagined the outpouring of grief that followed her death at age 36. As news spread of the accident that took her life on August 31, 1997, mourners flocked to Kensington and Buckingham Palaces to leave flowers, gifts, and cards. In a country famed for its stiff upper lip, people wept openly in the streets, keening the loss of a beautiful young mother—and venting their anger at the monarchy they believed had treated her cruelly. Her funeral, like her wedding, was viewed around the world. And people wept again as they watched two boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, say goodbye to their mother.
FLOWERS WERE LEFT IN TRIBUTE OUTSIDE OF BOTH BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND KENSINGTON PALACE IN TRIBUTE TO PRINCESS DIANA.
DIANA'S FUNERAL CORTEGE, LEAVING BUCKINGHAM PALACE
PRINCE HARRY AND PRINCE WILLIAM WALK BEHIND THEIR MOTHER'S CASKET IN THE FUNERAL PROCESSION
They were flanked by their father, Prince Charles, their grandfather, Prince Philip, and their uncle, Earl Spencer. Earlier this year, Harry revealed that walking behind his mother's coffin that day was torturous. "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television," Harry said during an interview with Newsweek. "I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today."
QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURG ARRIVE AT THE FUNERAL
MEMBERS OF THE QUEEN'S WELSH GUARD SERVED AS PALLBEARERS
PRINCE WILLIAM ALONGSIDE HIS UNCLE, DIANA'S BROTHER, EARL CHARLES SPENCER
Earl Spencer's eulogy during the service angered members of the royal family, a rift that has only begun to heal in recent years. Read his full funeral speech, here.
PRINCESS DIANA'S CASKET, DRAPED WITH THE ROYAL STANDARD, BEING CARRIED INTO WESTMINSTER ABBEY
ELTON JOHN PERFORMING "CANDLE IN THE WIND" DURING THE SERVICE
John and his collaborator rewrote the lyrics of the song to pay tribute to Diana.
MOHAMED AL-FAYED AT DIANA'S FUNERAL
Al-Fayed's son, Dodi, died alongside Diana in Paris.
THEN-PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR AND HIS WIFE CHERIE OUTSIDE THE SERVICE
SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK, WITH HER DAUGHTERS EUGENIE AND BEATRICE
MEMBERS OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY, INCLUDING CATHERINE WALKER (LEFT), DONATELLA VERSACE, AND ANNA WINTOUR TURNED OUT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DIANA
THE QUEEN AND QUEEN MOTHER TAKE IN THE CROWDS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
THE MEDIA OUTSIDE WESTMINSTER ABBEY
TOM BROKAW, KATIE COURIC, AND ANDREW BROWN COVERING THE FUNERAL
A POLICE OFFICER ARRANGES BOUQUETS OUTSIDE THE PALACE
MOURNERS OUTSIDE WESTMINSTER ABBEY
MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY AT THE FUNERAL
MEDIA MOGUL RICHARD BRANSON CARRYING A WHITE ROSE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
DESIGNER KARL LAGERFELD
DIANA'S STEP-MOTHER, RAINE, COUNTESS SPENCER
HILLARY CLINTON AT THE FUNERAL
Actors Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and Tom Hanks were among the mourners at the funeral.
GEORGE MICHAEL, PICTURED HERE NEXT TO BRITISH POLITICIAN DAVID TRIMBLE
Michael famously "bawled his eyes out" at the funeral. "I had forgotten my hanky and I was really streaming. I was one of the few people in that part of Westminster Abbey that
PRINCESS MARGARET WITH HER SON LORD LINLEY AND HIS WIFE LEAVING THE SERVICE
ITALIAN OPERATIC TENOR LUCIANO PAVAROTTI
PRINCE HARRY STANDING WITH HIS BROTHER PRINCE WILLIAM AND HIS FATHER, PRINCE CHARLES
In advance of the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, Harry revealed that he cried only twice following his mother's death. "The first time I cried was at the funeral on the island. And only since then, maybe once more," he said. "There's a lot of grief that still needs to be... to be let out."
PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE WILLIAM, AND PRINCE HARRY LOOKING AT THE FLOWERS LEFT OUTSIDE THE PALACE
In the new HBO documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, Prince Harry, who was just 12 years old when Diana died, said "I was thinking to myself how is it so many people who have never met this woman, my mother, can be crying and showing more emotion than I am?"
THE HEARSE DRIVING AWAY FROM THE FUNERAL SERVICE
DIANA'S FINAL RESTING PLACE AT HER FAMILY'S ALTHORP ESTATE
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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