The unexpected and tragic death of Lady Di, that night of August 31, 1997, made her a myth of British culture and her legacy continues to have a great impact around the world. Her funeral became a state affair, despite the refusal of Buckingham Palace, and many celebrities came to offer their condolences.
Diana and Carlos de Gales divorced in 1996 and from that moment, Lady Di began to have public romances despite the fact that both already saw other people during their marriage. By this time, she was in a relationship with Dodi Al-Fayed, heir to major companies such as Harrods, Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz, and the two were photographed together numerous times.
The night of the accident Lady Di and Dodi Al-Fayed were at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, and wanted to go to the latter’s personal apartment, located on the Champs-Elysées. To avoid the press, the businessman asked his driver to be a decoy and leave the hotel with the Range Rover without them to mislead the journalists.
Although many followed the truck, others decided to stay because they suspected the trap. Minutes later, the Ritz’s head of security, Henri Paul, was waiting for them at the back door of the hotel in a Mercedes Benz alongside bodyguard Rees-Jones, and the four headed down the Champs-Elysées with a host of photographers behind them. .
While the Mercedes Benz was going through the Alma tunnel, 9 photographers got closer and closer to the car and trying to avoid them, Henri Paul lost control of the steering wheel in a very violent way. This caused the car to turn on itself 180° and subsequent investigations showed that it was driving at an estimated speed of 105 km/h? in an area limited to 50 km/h.
Lady Di: the famous friends who attended her funeral
The Princess of Wales did not die at the time of the accident, but hours later at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital at 2:06 AM. Her ex-husband, Prince Charles, and her sisters, Sarah and Jane Spencer, traveled to the French capital to repatriate her body, but before boarding the plane, the heir to the throne told the news to his children, Princes William and Harry.
Buckingham Palace did not want it to be a state funeral, since this is only done exclusively in cases of the death of a member of the royal house with the rank of majesty and the ruler of the country. However, the pressure of the British people due to the enormous figure that was Lady Di forced Queen Elizabeth II to change her mind.
The ceremony was held on September 6, 1997 at Westminster Abbey, London, and thousands of people gathered at its gates to pay tribute. In addition to politicians, the Spencer family and the House of Windsor, personalities such as Democrat Hillary Clinton, who worked with Lady Di when she was still part of the Royal Family, also attended.
Designer Donatella Versace also traveled to London for the funeral, as the two had a good bond, with Lady Di even accompanying her to Gianni Versace’s funeral a month earlier. As for fashion, there were Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, and the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Others Famous who attended the funeral It was the actors Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman who were captured when they arrived together at Westminster, also accompanied by director Steven Spielberg. Also present were opera singer Luciano Pavarotti and her colleague Elton John, a close friend of the Princess of Wales, who was not only present, but also sang “Candle in the Wind 1997”, a version that he rewrote especially for her. .
Did you know that all these celebrities attended the funeral of Lady Di?