Dubbed the 'people's princess' by then Prime Minister Tony Blair, Princess Diana died after a car crash in Paris with her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed on August 31, 1997, aged 36. After leaving the Ritz Hotel, she was being driven at a high speed in a Mercedes S-280 when the vehicle crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma bridge at around half-past midnight. All pictures/AFP
Princess Diana, her then-boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 41, the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed AlFayed and driver Henri Paul, all died in the crash which happened late in the night. Her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived. Paul was found to be drunk at the time of the crash and was attempting to flee pursuing paparazzi photographers
The crash occurred at 12:23 a.m. when Paul lost control of the vehicle at the entrance to the tunnel. The car, travelling at an estimated speed of 105 km/h (65 mph) swerved to the left of the two-lane carriageway before it collided head-on with the 13th pillar that supported the roof. It then spun and hit the stone wall of the tunnel backward before stopping. The impact caused damage to the front half of the car
Witnesses arriving shortly after the accident reported smoke and that the photographers on motorcycles 'swarmed the Mercedes sedan before it entered the tunnel'
The French and British authorities both carried out investigations where it was revealed that Paul who was responsible for the crash was not only drunk but was also on anti-depressants. It was said that his inebriation may have been made worse by anti-depressants and traces of an antipsychotic in his body
Princess Diana's funeral was held on September 6, 1997, at Westminster Abbey. The service, attended by 2,000 people, was shown on British television - 32.1million people watched on TV. An estimated 2.5 billion people watched it worldwide. Diana's death was unprecedented and Buckingham Palace had just a week to organise the funeral. A committee was set up to organise it including Kensington, Buckingham and St James Palace as well as No 10, the Police and the Spencer family
Princess Diana is buried in the Althorp Estate, Spencer's family home in Northamptonshire, on an island. A private burial took place following the funeral
Under English law, an inquest is required in cases of sudden or unexplained death. In April 2008 an inquest jury at the Royal Courts of Justice in London returned verdicts of unlawful killing for Princess Diana and Dodi that is the equivalent of manslaughter in a criminal court. The jury said that even the paparazzi who were pursuing the car and its driver were both to blame for the crash and also concluded that Diana and Dodi might have lived if they had worn seatbelts
About Princess Diana: Born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961, her father, Edward John Viscount Althorp, was the only son of the 7th Earl Spencer. Her mother, born Frances Ruth Burke Roche, was the youngest daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. She was married to Prince Charles
Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles did not last long and they were divorced in 1996, one year before Diana's death on August 31, 1997. After her divorce, Princess Diana then dated the British-Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. She is said to have described him as 'Mr Wonderful'. However that relationship also ended. Within a month, Diana began a relationship with Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed who was with her when the fatal car crash happened
It's Princess Diana's 21st death anniversary on August 31, 2018. Princess Diana led a remarkable life and she was a tireless advocate for a number of philanthropic causes. In a cruel twist of fate, the beautiful Princess Di died in a car crash in Paris shocking the world. Here's a tragic account of her death and aftermath
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