A young Diana

20 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on A young Diana
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It was just past midnight at the end of a long day. Dodi had his arm Diana. The security men, Paul and Trevor Rees-Jones, ready to escort the world’s pursued couple to Dodi’s off the Champs-Elysйes.

With Paul as the they all got into the Mercedes and drove into the Parisian

What happened then is in dispute and may always be. The accident … Diana and Dodi may been caused – provoked – by a pursuit of paparazzi on motorcycles. It may have caused by a slow-moving white car forced the Mercedes to swerve and vanished.

Or it may have been by the fact that Henri according to initial police was very drunk. All this be sorted out in the French courts as goes by – although it is given the deep emotion Diana’s … has provoked, everyone will ever on the precise sequence of events or a cause.

Still, and sadly, there is no that the Mercedes, traveling fast through the heart of collided with a concrete under the Place de l’Alma and from front to rear, everyone inside. Henri and Dodi Fayed were instantly. Trevor Rees-Jones, the one wearing a seat belt, was injured but survived.

Diana was alive an hour later, rescue workers finally her from the wreckage. Unconscious and cardiac arest from a loss of blood, she was rushed to Salpйtriиre Hospital, where worked furiously to save her for two hours. It was no use – and shortly 4 a.m. she died.

In Britain and all the world, the news of her passing off a spontaneous outpouring of grief started large and grew to proportions. Kensington Palace was in flowers left by the common who loved her. Thousands in line at St.

Jame’s Palace and at British on all continents to sign books of Part of the reason for this bereavement, as her brother, Earl said in his eloquent eulogy, was Diana at 36 had died at her most and radiant. Part of it was the memory of her work, and part of it was her status as in a fairy-tale royal marriage and royal divorce.

But at bottom lay the that Diana was unique simultaneously glamorous, charming, and vulnerable. The multitude of mourners who Westminster Abbey – and Hyde Park and the Horse Parade – was by some the largest crowd since VE 1945. And no one could guess how millions more watched the on TV.

What they saw was a stately of Britannic mourning – but one like Diana herself, violated tradition to declare an humanity. The London tabloids it, prodding the queen and the royal to loosen the bonds of protocol.

When Buckingham Palace to fly the Union Jack at half-mast in Diana’s honor (the the flag flying over the is not the Union Jack but the royal signifying that the monarch is in the tabs jeered and forced the to yield. When 10 Downing pointed out that the processional was far too short to accommodate the millions to show up, the palace reconsidered and gave in.

On Friday, the queen on television to express her family’s praising Diana as an exceptional and human being. It fell to to fly to Paris to escort Diana’s back to England – he did, sniffling and red-eyed. And it to Charles, as their father, to Prince William, 15, and Prince 12, that their Mummy was

The Windsors did what they do so they coped.

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And so on a brilliant September morning, a gun carriage bearing Diana, of Wales, emerged from Palace for the three-and-a-half-mile drive to Abbey. The coffin – somehow – was draped in the royal standard and crowned three bouquets, one from of her sons and one from the Spencer Earl Spencer, Prince and Prince Philip accompanied and Harry as they walked the gun carriage.

Britons by the thousands silent as the procession passed, and the bell at Westminster tolled the grief. Outside Buckingham the queen and other members of the family stood by the road to pay respects; Elizabeth bowed as the passed.

At Westminster, a squad of Welsh Guards carried the into the nave. The historic were filled with the and famous, including Hillary Tom Cruise and Luciano Pavarotti. mourners as far away as Hyde watched the service on giant screens set up for the occasion.

Prime Minister Tony read the sonorous prose of I 13 (And now abideth faith, love, these three; but the of these is love) with and evident feeling. Elton a longtime friend, performed a new of Candle in the Wind written for Diana. And your footsteps always fall here, England’s greenest hills, he

Your candle’s burned out before your legend will. The crowd outside into applause as the last died away; inside, Harry wept.

Earl outspoken eulogy also the feelings of the moment. He remembered compassion and natural nobility, that for all her glamour, she remained a very insecure person at almost childlike in her desire to do for others. She had wanted to leave he said, mainly because of the she received at the hands of the newspapers. He her tormentors.

I don’t think she ever why her genuinely good intentions sneered at by the media, why there to be a permanent quest. to bring her Spencer said. My own, and explanation is that genuine is threatening to those at the opposite end of the spectrum. Outside, the crowds into thunderous applause.

journey ended at Althorp, the estate 77 miles north of There, after a private she was buried on an island in a small that will be closed to the most of the year. Choosing an for her headstone is a family matter, but the could do worse than a line from Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin.

To Diana will always be golden child.

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