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Today in History:  August 31st, 1997 - Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales passed away from injuries related to a car crash suffered in the Pont de L’Alma, Paris. Her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed and the car’s driver, Henri Paul, also died as a result of the accident. Their bodyguard was the only survivor. Diana was 36 years old. The accident was largely blamed on the paparazzi who were pursuing the Princess at the time, but an 18-month investigation conducted by the French Police affirmed it was largely caused by Paul, who was driving recklessly and was believed to be drunk at the time. Diana and Dodi were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. As the victims lay in the wrecked car, the paparazzi continued to take pictures. Critically injured, Diana was heard to murmur “Oh my God”, and “Leave me alone.” She was taken alive to the hospital but passed away at the hospital around 4am local time.  Her ex-husband, Prince Charles and her two sisters went to pick up her body the next day. Diana’s death was met with an extraordinary public reaction. Her funeral at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated 3 million mourners in London, and the worldwide television coverage was watched by 2.5 billion people. It was aired to 200 countries and broadcast in 44 languages. Her brother, Earl Spencer, gave a speech which criticised the media and the royal family, and was applauded. After the ceremony, the coffin was driven to Althorp and mourners cast flowers at the funeral procession for almost the entire length of its journey. In a private ceremony, Diana was buried on an island in the middle of a lake, wearing a black Catherine Walker dress and clutching a rosary given to her by Mother Theresa. A visitors’ centre is open during the summer months, with an exhibition about her and a walk around the lake. All proceeds go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
By September 10th, the pile of flowers outside Kensington Palace (the Princess’ residence) was 5ft deep. Her body was laid to rest at Althorp, the Spencer residence. During the four weeks following her funeral, the suicide rate in England and Wales rose by 17% and cases of self-harm by 44.3% compared with the average for that period in the four previous years. Researchers suggest this was caused by the “identification” effect, as the greatest increase in suicides was by people most similar to Diana: women aged 25 to 44, whose suicide rate increased by over 45%.
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Today in History:  August 31st, 1997 - Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales passed away from injuries related to a car crash suffered in the Pont de L’Alma, Paris. Her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed and the car’s driver, Henri Paul, also died as a result of the accident. Their bodyguard was the only survivor. Diana was 36 years old. The accident was largely blamed on the paparazzi who were pursuing the Princess at the time, but an 18-month investigation conducted by the French Police affirmed it was largely caused by Paul, who was driving recklessly and was believed to be drunk at the time. Diana and Dodi were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. As the victims lay in the wrecked car, the paparazzi continued to take pictures. Critically injured, Diana was heard to murmur “Oh my God”, and “Leave me alone.” She was taken alive to the hospital but passed away at the hospital around 4am local time.  Her ex-husband, Prince Charles and her two sisters went to pick up her body the next day. Diana’s death was met with an extraordinary public reaction. Her funeral at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated 3 million mourners in London, and the worldwide television coverage was watched by 2.5 billion people. It was aired to 200 countries and broadcast in 44 languages. Her brother, Earl Spencer, gave a speech which criticised the media and the royal family, and was applauded. After the ceremony, the coffin was driven to Althorp and mourners cast flowers at the funeral procession for almost the entire length of its journey. In a private ceremony, Diana was buried on an island in the middle of a lake, wearing a black Catherine Walker dress and clutching a rosary given to her by Mother Theresa. A visitors’ centre is open during the summer months, with an exhibition about her and a walk around the lake. All proceeds go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
By September 10th, the pile of flowers outside Kensington Palace (the Princess’ residence) was 5ft deep. Her body was laid to rest at Althorp, the Spencer residence. During the four weeks following her funeral, the suicide rate in England and Wales rose by 17% and cases of self-harm by 44.3% compared with the average for that period in the four previous years. Researchers suggest this was caused by the “identification” effect, as the greatest increase in suicides was by people most similar to Diana: women aged 25 to 44, whose suicide rate increased by over 45%.
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Today in History:  August 31st, 1997 - Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales passed away from injuries related to a car crash suffered in the Pont de L’Alma, Paris. Her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed and the car’s driver, Henri Paul, also died as a result of the accident. Their bodyguard was the only survivor. Diana was 36 years old. The accident was largely blamed on the paparazzi who were pursuing the Princess at the time, but an 18-month investigation conducted by the French Police affirmed it was largely caused by Paul, who was driving recklessly and was believed to be drunk at the time. Diana and Dodi were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. As the victims lay in the wrecked car, the paparazzi continued to take pictures. Critically injured, Diana was heard to murmur “Oh my God”, and “Leave me alone.” She was taken alive to the hospital but passed away at the hospital around 4am local time.  Her ex-husband, Prince Charles and her two sisters went to pick up her body the next day. Diana’s death was met with an extraordinary public reaction. Her funeral at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated 3 million mourners in London, and the worldwide television coverage was watched by 2.5 billion people. It was aired to 200 countries and broadcast in 44 languages. Her brother, Earl Spencer, gave a speech which criticised the media and the royal family, and was applauded. After the ceremony, the coffin was driven to Althorp and mourners cast flowers at the funeral procession for almost the entire length of its journey. In a private ceremony, Diana was buried on an island in the middle of a lake, wearing a black Catherine Walker dress and clutching a rosary given to her by Mother Theresa. A visitors’ centre is open during the summer months, with an exhibition about her and a walk around the lake. All proceeds go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
By September 10th, the pile of flowers outside Kensington Palace (the Princess’ residence) was 5ft deep. Her body was laid to rest at Althorp, the Spencer residence. During the four weeks following her funeral, the suicide rate in England and Wales rose by 17% and cases of self-harm by 44.3% compared with the average for that period in the four previous years. Researchers suggest this was caused by the “identification” effect, as the greatest increase in suicides was by people most similar to Diana: women aged 25 to 44, whose suicide rate increased by over 45%.
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Today in History:  August 31st1997 - Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales passed away from injuries related to a car crash suffered in the Pont de L’Alma, Paris. Her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed and the car’s driver, Henri Paul, also died as a result of the accident. Their bodyguard was the only survivor. Diana was 36 years old. The accident was largely blamed on the paparazzi who were pursuing the Princess at the time, but an 18-month investigation conducted by the French Police affirmed it was largely caused by Paul, who was driving recklessly and was believed to be drunk at the time. Diana and Dodi were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. As the victims lay in the wrecked car, the paparazzi continued to take pictures. Critically injured, Diana was heard to murmur “Oh my God”, and “Leave me alone.” She was taken alive to the hospital but passed away at the hospital around 4am local time.  Her ex-husband, Prince Charles and her two sisters went to pick up her body the next day. Diana’s death was met with an extraordinary public reaction. Her funeral at Westminster Abbey drew an estimated 3 million mourners in London, and the worldwide television coverage was watched by 2.5 billion people. It was aired to 200 countries and broadcast in 44 languages. Her brother, Earl Spencer, gave a speech which criticised the media and the royal family, and was applauded. After the ceremony, the coffin was driven to Althorp and mourners cast flowers at the funeral procession for almost the entire length of its journey. In a private ceremony, Diana was buried on an island in the middle of a lake, wearing a black Catherine Walker dress and clutching a rosary given to her by Mother Theresa. A visitors’ centre is open during the summer months, with an exhibition about her and a walk around the lake. All proceeds go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

By September 10th, the pile of flowers outside Kensington Palace (the Princess’ residence) was 5ft deep. Her body was laid to rest at Althorp, the Spencer residence. During the four weeks following her funeral, the suicide rate in England and Wales rose by 17% and cases of self-harm by 44.3% compared with the average for that period in the four previous years. Researchers suggest this was caused by the “identification” effect, as the greatest increase in suicides was by people most similar to Diana: women aged 25 to 44, whose suicide rate increased by over 45%.

PLANS are being drawn up for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to make a historic royal tour of China, The Sunday Times can reveal.

Sources have confirmed that Kensington Palace and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are in talks about a potential trip that which would take place next year.

The Sunday Times. (via allthingscatherineandmary)

William was extremely affectionate and considerate towards Kate throughout. She walked in with wet hair. She kept playing with it, twisting it around her fingers while talking to him. They were quite flirtatious and couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

When they had finished their meal, a couple of locals came up to them and said hello. They smiled and were very chatty, very accommodating. My overwhelming feeling was how normal they were. They just seemed happy to mix with the locals.

Onlooker from William and Kate’s date night (via cambridgedom)