Heartwrenching Photos From The Funeral For Princess Diana That Captured The World's Attention (2022)

By Natasha Ishak | Checked By Leah Silverman

Published May 23, 2019

Updated August 4, 2020

In 1997, Princess Diana's funeral was televised worldwide to more than 2 billion mournful viewers after she was lost to a tragic car accident.

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The public procession began at 9:08 a.m. Her coffin was carried from Kensington Palace and through the streets of London to St. James's Palace where thousands lined up to sign a public condolence book.John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

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Londoners weep as the coffin of Princess Diana passes down by Hyde Park. Gerry Penny/AFP/Getty Images

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Sir Elton John sings a special rendition of his song "Candle in the Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral.Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

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Prince William, Lady Di's brother, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles follow her casket.David Levenson/Getty Images

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The princess' coffin passes a poster that reads "DIANA OF LOVE" as it leaves Buckingham Palace.Anwar Hussein/WireImage

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The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, took place at Westminster Abbey in London. The church fit 2,000 guests.Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

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Two London policemen read the messages left with bouquets of flowers near Princess Diana's home. Derek Hudson/Getty Images

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(Video) The Brooch Queen Elizabeth Wore At Princess Diana's Funer-al Is More Meaningful Than We Understood

"It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age," Princess Diana's brother said of her at the funeral.Jon Jones/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

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Pop legends Elton John, right, and George Michael leave Westminster Abbey after the funeral service for Diana. Just a month before, Princess Diana was photographed comforting Elton John at the funeral of their mutual friend Gianni Versace.Adam Butler/PA Images/Getty Images

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Hillary Clinton, pictured, and Tom Hanks were among the well-known American figures in attendance. Jayne Fincher/Getty Images

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Princess Diana was reportedly buried holding a set of Rosary beads she received from Mother Teresa. Ken Goff/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

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From left to right, Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer Charles, her sons Prince William and Prince Harry, and her former husband Prince Charles stand alongside the hearse.Jeff Overs/BBC News/Getty Images

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Family members watch as the princess's coffin leaves the Abbey after the ceremony. Her body was finally buried at her family's home, Althorp, beneath a small island in the middle of an ornamental lake.Colin Davey/Getty Images

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Her former husband Prince Charles, right, with their two sons Harry, center, and William.Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

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Prince William and Prince Harry outside Westminster Abbey. Lady Di's brother was disturbed that the palace had the young sons walk so closely behind her casket. There was much controversy between the Spencer family and the Crown around the funeral.Anwar Hussein

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Watched by Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Earl Spencer, Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh, Guardsmen of the Prince of Wales Company of the Welsh Guards carry Diana's coffin.David Levenson/Getty Images

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A touching tribute from her sons that says simply "Mummy." Anwar Hussein/WireImage

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Queen Noor of Jordan and Henry Kissinger were among the high-profile politicians who attended Lady Di's funeral.Robert Wallis/Corbis/Getty Images

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2.5 billion people worldwide tuned in for the tragic event on TV. Robert Wallis/Corbis/Getty Images

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Small shrines like this one were left throughout the streets of London.Derek Hudson/Getty Images

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Director Steven Spielberg right, Tom Cruise, third from right, Nicole Kidman second from right, and Sting second from left with his wife Trudy Styler, arrive for the funeral.Paul Hackett/AFP/GettyImages

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A note to Princess Diana is attached to a fence outside Westminster Abbey.Robert Wallis/Corbis/Getty Images

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Hundreds of thousands flooded the streets of London to pay their respects.Ken Goff/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

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A sea of mourners gather in front of giant TV screens in Hyde Park to watch the live broadcast of Princess Diana's funeral from Westminster Abbey.Neil Munns/PA Images/Getty Images

(Video) ITV News Special- Princess Diana's Body Returns To Britain

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A chalk and charcoal portrait depicts the Princess of Wales.Derek Hudson/Getty Images

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Prince William, left, was 15 when his mother died. Prince Harry, right, was 12.Adam Butler/AFP/Getty Images

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother.Jeff Overs/BBC News/Getty Images

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Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

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Queen Elizabeth II holds a bouquet to place on the late princess's memorial.John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

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Then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images

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Her brother, sons, and former husband walk behind her coffin as it is brought into the church.Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

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Spectators weep in the crowd along London's Whitehall.STR/AFP/Getty Images

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On the night of Aug. 31, 1997, the world was shocked by the news of Princess Diana's untimely death in a car crash in Paris, France. A week later, millions tuned in to watch the tragic funeral of Princess Diana.

At the time of her death, the People's Princess had been in the car with another well-known figure, her then-lover Egyptian billionaire heir Dodi al-Fayed. The pair had been trying to outrun a gaggle of paparazzi before their speeding car crashed into a pillar that dreadful night. Princess Diana was 36 years old when she died.

The news sent shock waves around the globe which stretched from Paris to London and on to the U.S. where Princess Diana's magnetic charms and royal flair had taken over the media as much as it had the rest of the world.

An audience of 2.5 billion viewers tuned in to watch the broadcast of Princess Diana's funeral which was a testament to her popularity.

Even after her marriage to the heir to the British Crown dissolved, she remained a popular icon and achieved an almost cult-figure status for her sense of style, grace, and genuine sympathy for the less fortunate. She was both mocked and adored by the British press for shaking up the country's notoriously traditional monarchy but she was nonetheless titled the "People's Princess."

Before Princess Diana's Funeral: A Royal Rebel

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Tim Graham/Getty ImagesPrincess Diana was adored by many for her natural warmth and charm.

Before she was known as Princess Diana or Lady Di, and before news of Princess Diana's funeral sent shockwaves across the world, she was simply Diana Spencer. Her common life was turned upside-down after she married Prince Charles in 1981 when she was just 19 and he was 32.

The marriage meant that the charismatic commoner was now part of the royal family and, thus, forced to navigate the often stiff life of a British royal on her own. But the seemingly sheepish girl was more than just a pretty face.

Diana was determined to forge her own path from the start. For one, she picked out her 12-carat sapphire engagement ring from a catalog, despite the long-standing tradition of royals having their engagement rings custom-made.

Then, she refused to include the promise to "obey" her future husband during her wedding vows when. Their wedding venue, St. Paul's Cathedral, also broke with custom, as royals before had wed at Westminster Abbey.

(Video) Princess Diana at Princess Grace's Funeral

She was especially keen on keeping as much normalcy as possible for her children. When it came time for her first born, William, to attend school, she had him attend public school. This was a bold statement that Lady Di wasn't going to let her life or the lives of her sons be changed because of their royal status.

It was this rebellious nature that made her so loveable and led to nearly 2 billion people later tuning in to watch Princess Diana's funeral.

An Admirable Compassion For Others

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Princess Diana Archive/Getty ImagesPrincess Diana during a visit to a community center.

One of the most significant ways in which Diana changed the customs of the monarchy, was how she treated patients who were sick, and specifically those with HIV/Aids.

The HIV/Aids epidemic was roaring by the late 1980s as doctors tried to figure out this new and deadly disease. The whole situation had the public in a panic since many who contracted the virus were dying, especially among the gay community, which further stigmatized those patients and that community.

By then, Princess Diana had garnered a glowing reputation for her philanthropy. Charity appeared to be a duty she found most comfortable performing since she had become a part of the royal family. She had become a high-profile advocate for various other stigmatized causes, such as leprosy treatment, anti-landmines, and anti-homelessness.

During her visit to the opening of the U.K.'s first HIV/Aids unit in April 1987, in front of throngs of the world's media who were there to document the trip, Princess Diana shook the hand of a male HIV/Aids patient without wearing gloves. This simple yet powerful gesture challenged the notion that the virus could pass from person to person just by touch.

Her actions had a lasting impact. Former HIV/Aids Ward Nurse John O'Reilly told the BBC, "If a royal is allowed to go and shake a patients hand, somebody at the bus stop or in the supermarket could do the same. That really educated people."

Diana had always been different from the rest of the royal family, which was in a large part of her appeal. She stated openly her desire to be part of a monarchy that had more contact with its people. In a now infamous interview with BBC's Martin Bashir, Diana said that she didn't think she could ever become Queen because she had lost the favor of the royal family.

When asked why, she said, "I do things differently because I don't go by a rule book because I lead from the heart, not the head."

In 1992, her rocky marriage to Prince Charles finally gave in and the couple officially divorced. This only widened the rift between her and the British royals. This distance would remain up until Princess Diana's funeral — and beyond.

The Princess's Shocking Accident

Princess Diana was fatally injured in the car accident in Paris.

Even after cutting her royal ties, Diana remained popular with the public. Her frustrations with hyper-media attention swelled.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, Princess Diana confessed that the press had made her life so miserable that she would move to another country if she could. The only thing keeping her in London, she said bluntly, were her sons.

In 1997, she met her would-be lover Dodi al-Fayed. He was the oldest son of billionaire businessman Mohamed al-Fayed, who owned the Harrods luxury department stores. The pair were photographed enjoying vacations on the French Riviera aboard Fayed's family yacht over the summer before her death.

After six weeks of jet setting around Europe together, the pair landed in Paris. Princess Diana was still hounded by the paparazzi everywhere she went, including that fateful night of the car crash.

According to Christopher Andersen's book The Day Diana Died, the couple had planned a dinner at Benoit Paris but cancelled last minute due to rampant paparazzi awaiting the princess outside the Ritz hotel where they were staying. The pair decided instead to go to the L'Espadon restaurant which was located inside their hotel.

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Alisdair Macdonald/Mirrorpix/Getty ImagesDiana was hounded by the media ever since her engagement to Prince Charles.

On the night that led to her tragic death and the eventual Princess Diana funeral, the couple reportedly attempted to flee photographers by leaving the hotel through its rear entrance so that they could return to his apartment just off the Champs-Élysées. Ritz security employee Henri Paul got into the driver's seat of their escape car.

Paul sped to outrun the photographers on their tails and collided with a concrete pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. The crash was so fatal that Fayed and Paul died on site. Diana, meanwhile, was severely injured and rushed to Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in southeast Paris.

But the injuries she sustained during the accident had been too much. At 4 a.m. the princess was pronounced dead.

Craig R. Whitney, then The New York Times' Paris bureau chief, recalled being awoken at home by a phone call after midnight about Princess Diana's car crash. Only one of the vehicle occupants, who had worn the seatbelt during the crash, had survived.

Princess Diana's Funeral

Diana's dear friend pop legend Elton John performs a special rendition of Candle in the wind at her funeral.

Plans for Princess Diana's body to be repatriated from Paris were made immediately by her team back in London. Buckingham Palace had a week to organize what would become one of the most televised funerals in recent history: Princess Diana's funeral.

On Sept. 6, 1997, hundreds of thousands of mourners poured onto the streets of London to wave their final goodbye at Princess Diana's coffin. She was carried off from the royal palace to Westminster Abbey, where Princess Diana's funeral would take place.

Princess Diana's funeral was packed with powerful figures from politicians to celebrities and extended members of the royal family. The ceremony at the historic church fit 2,000 guests.

Her private secretary Patrick Jepson said that Princess Diana's funeral organizers had actually been unsure whether they would be able to fill the massive church with enough people.

"I remember saying if you get a hold of a guest list for the Princess' Christmas drinks in 1995, invite everybody on that guest list and you won't have missed out anybody important," Jepson said.

Elton John, a close friend of Diana's, did a somber performance of a reworked version of his hit song "Candle in the Wind" in honor of his late friend.

Among the other celebrities that came to Princess Diana's funeral to pay their respects was singer George Michael, who had been a close confidant of the late princess while she was going through her divorce with Charles.

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Terry Fincher/Getty ImagesThe princess and her two sons.

Diana's brother, Lord Spencer, spoke emotionally at the funeral. His most memorable line came when filled with anger, Spencer blamed the media for his sister's death, saying she was the, "most hunted person of the modern age."

One of the most heartbreaking images from Princess Diana's funeral was the scene of her brother Spencer walking behind her coffin with her sons young William and Harry in tow. All eyes were glued to the family and the now motherless children, who unintentionally captured the mood of a mourning nation as they tried to keep their emotions in check for the cameras.

But tensions arose behind the scenes following Diana's death.

Spencer told the BBC Radio 4 that the idea to have the children walk behind her coffin along with their uncle came from the palace, and he thought the idea was "cruel and bizarre."

He had objected against it because his sister would not have wanted it, but he was allegedly told that the idea came from the princes themselves, which turned out not to be true. Spencer has since spoken out about the incident with the Royals.

"Eventually I was lied to and told they wanted to do it, which of course they didn't but I didn't realize that."

Spencer said that the experience of walking behind his sister's lifeless body was incredibly difficult for him, but he believed the experience was a "million times worse" for Princess Diana's sons.

In 2018, the ITV documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy featuring sons William and Harry was released, marking the 20th anniversary of Diana's death. It was the first time the famous siblings had spoken about their mother together on-screen.

William spoke about how he was struck by how much love the public had for his mother.

"It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, that walk," Prince William shared in the documentary. "It felt she was almost walking along beside us to get us through it."

Harry added fondly: "She was one of the naughtiest parents."

(Video) Princess Diana Car Crash (Official Video Clip)

After Princess Diana's funeral, she was eventually buried at Althorp, her family's estate in Northamptonshire, England. Even decades later, details of events that took place following her funeral continue to come out as our fascination of and reverence for the former princess persists.

Next, take a look at some inspiring photos of Princess Diana that honor her legacy. Then, read about Princess Margaret, England's royal wild child.

FAQs

Did Prince Charles attend Diana's funeral? ›

Who walked behind Diana's coffin? The funeral procession included William and Harry,Prince Charles andPrince Philip, as well as hundreds of representatives of the charities Diana had been involved with.

What celebs were at Princess Diana's funeral? ›

Here, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg, Sting, and Trudie Styler are seen among the mourners, which also included Tom Hanks, Mariah Carey, Richard Branson, and Luciano Pavarotti.

What were Princess Diana's last words? ›

A firefighter who led the response team pulled Diana from the wreckage. He said that the princess asked him, "My God, what has happened?" It was only later that he found out the victim was Princess Diana, and that these would be her final words.

What gown was Princess Diana buried in? ›

Diana was buried later that day in a private ceremony in Althorp Park, the Spencer family estate. She was wearing a black woolen long-sleeved cocktail dress by Catherine Walker that she had ordered only weeks before she died, and holding a set of rosary beads that were a gift from Mother Theresa.

Why did Princess Margaret not bow to Diana's coffin? ›

"According to sources, when Diana passed away in 1997, Margaret didn't even bow her head in respect. "Apparently she gave a lazy salute to the casket that has been compared to shooing away a fly." According to TheTalko, Margaret felt as though "Diana had turned her back on the Royal Family".

Did camilla go to Diana's funeral? ›

Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles follow the casket during the funeral procession of Princess Diana. Camilla may have been at Diana's wedding but she was not welcome at her funeral, which was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world.

Did the Queen bow to Diana's coffin? ›

The queen stood with her family, and as Diana's funeral cortege passed by, she bowed her head. It was not a quick bow, nor a shallow one. The woman accustomed to being bowed by the world now lowered her head and humbly honored the princess.

Why was Tom Hanks at Princess Diana's funeral? ›

And while royal fans mourned the loss of the People's Princess on television, celebrities including Tom Hanks were there to express their sympathies to Prince William, Prince Harry, and the rest of Diana's family and friends. Tom at Diana's funeral in 1997.

Did Tom Cruise go to Diana's funeral? ›

Actors Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and Tom Hanks were among the mourners at the funeral.

What did Queen Elizabeth think of Princess Diana? ›

"She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness," the Queen said of Diana. "I admired and respected her - for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys."

How did the Queen feel about Diana's death? ›

The Queen was equally stunned and in shock. In spite of their issues, Seward said that the Queen still had some affection and sympathy for her troubled former daughter-in-law. She thought Diana showed great potential and saw her death as “a terrible waste.”

What was Princess Diana's Revenge dress? ›

Princess Diana was known for her cheerful prints, but one of her most famous dresses of all time was black. Known as the “revenge dress”, the Christina Stambolian LBD Lady Di wore to the Serpentine Gallery's summer party in June 1994 was equal parts glamorous and daring.

Why does Diana not have a headstone? ›

The isolated spot made it so intruders couldn't possibly vandalize or stalk the grave and continue to victimize Diana in her time of peace. As her little brother, Earl Charles Spencer felt fiercely protective of Diana's legacy and privacy.

Does Charles visit Diana's grave? ›

Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer shared a special video which saw him visiting the site of his late sister's grave on Friday, on what would have been her 61st birthday.

Why are royalty buried in lead lined coffins? ›

As Royal Family members are buried inside a chamber, rather than directly in the ground, their coffins are lined with lead in order to slow decomposition. The lead seals the coffin and prevents moisture from getting in, preserving the body for up to a year.

Did the Queen Mother have to curtsy to the Queen? ›

There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms. For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.

Will Camilla be Queen? ›

Camilla is married to a King rather than reigning in her own right, so she is not Queen in the same way that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (opens in new tab) was. This means if anything were to happen to Charles whilst King, she would not take over as monarch - that honour will fall to Prince William.

How many people watched Princess Diana's funeral? ›

In comparison, Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 had more than 32 million U.K. viewers.

Who walked behind Diana's coffin? ›

It seems simultaneously like a moment ago and a lifetime ago when that trio—plus Prince Philip, who died in 2021, and Charles Spencer, younger brother of Princess Diana—walked behind Diana's coffin on September 6, 1997.

Is Camilla a Catholic? ›

Both children were brought up in their father's Roman Catholic faith, particularly during the lifetime of their paternal grandmother Ann Parker Bowles; however, Camilla remained an Anglican and did not convert to Roman Catholicism.

Is Camilla related to Diana? ›

Camilla Is Related to Both Diana and Charles

Both the Prince of Wales and Camilla have shared ancestors dating back to the 17th century. Strangely, they are also both related to the late Princess Diana through shared ancestry dating back to King Charles II.

Where Will Queen Elizabeth be buried when she dies? ›

Later that evening, the Queen was buried with her husband, Prince Philip, alongside her parents and sister in Windsor Castle's King George VI Memorial Chapel in the Royal Vault. The burial and service was entirely private, attended by King Charles and other members of the royal family.

Is Princess Diana related to Queen Elizabeth? ›

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8 had an uneasy relationship with daughter-in-law Princess Diana. According to the reports, the association had many ups and downs, primarily because of the Queen's son Prince Charles' alleged extramarital affairs.

How much did Princess Diana's funeral cost? ›

Princess Diana – £5 million

She was given a form of ceremonial royal funeral, despite not being still married to Prince Charles. Policing costs alone for the day came to around £2.2 million, with the total cost estimated between £3 to £5 million pounds – which would be around £7 million today.

What injuries caused Princess Diana's death? ›

How did Diana die in a car crash? Diana suffered from a concussion, broken arm and a cut to her thigh in the crash, but what ultimately took her life were her severe chest wounds. Her heart was displaced in her chest and she suffered a tear to her pulmonary vein that proved lethal and caused internal bleeding.

Why did Charles not marry Camilla? ›

In his early 20s, like many other young men, Charles simply wasn't ready for marriage. Not long after he met Camilla, Charles went off to serve in the navy. Camilla probably thought she could wait around forever without ever getting a proposal from the prince.

How old would Princess Diana be today? ›

She would have been 60 years old on July 1, 2021. Twenty-five years after her untimely death, Princess Diana remains a beloved figure. Diana married Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, in 1981.

What date was Diana's funeral? ›

What did Princess Diana call the Queen in private? ›

The name, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor uses 'Lilibet' which was the Queen's nickname while she was growing up, but the Queen isn't the only royal with a nickname, it seems they run in the family— from Prince William to Prince Charles—here's what they call each other in private...

Does Meghan Markle like Queen Elizabeth? ›

Though Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and husband Prince Harry have bid adieu to life as senior members of the royal family, the duchess revealed that Queen Elizabeth II has always been particularly kind to her during the Sussexes' tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Who will be the next queen of England? ›

After an historic 70 years on the throne as Britain's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, at her home at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, on Sept. 8, 2022. Immediately upon her passing, her eldest son, Prince Charles, became the new king.

How did the Queen find out about her dad? ›

Her husband, Prince Philip, actually learned of her father's passing before she did, hearing the news from a local reporter. It was then on Prince Philip to break the news of her father's death to the future queen.

How old was the Queen when Princess Diana died? ›

Elizabeth was 89 at the time, and had ruled for 23,226 days, 16 hours and about 30 minutes.

What happens when the Queen dies? ›

The Queen's body is expected to be buried in a tomb at King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle, alongside her late husband, Prince Philip. The day of the funeral will be declared a day of national mourning.

Did they sew Diana's curtains shut? ›

Like, it appears that Diana's curtains being sewn shut is also not based on any real fact, and Diana's childhood home wasn't dilapidated like the movie makes it seem. So while it's a nice twist at the end of the movie, there's no proof it really happened IRL.

Why did Camilla wear the revenge dress? ›

Kerry Taylor, whose company auctioned off 10 of Diana's dresses, explained how the princess's LBD got its name. “We called that 'The Revenge Dress' [because] she wore that the same evening Prince Charles confessed to his adultery with Camilla,” Taylor told Womanmagazine.co.uk (per Readers Digest).

How much did Princess Diana's revenge dress sell for? ›

The revenge dress, named so as she wore it after the televised admittance of her husband's adultery, was perhaps the hottest item available. Designed by Christina Stambolian, Diana wore the iconic black mini dress in 1994 at the Serpentine Gallery. It sold for a whopping $74,000.

Is Princess Diana buried in a vault? ›

Princess Diana's final resting-place is in the grounds of Althorp Park, her family home. The original plan was for her to be buried in the family vault at the local church in nearby Great Brington, but this was changed by her brother, Earl Spencer.

Is Princess Diana's grave empty? ›

Princess Diana's Althorp Grave Is Reportedly Empty, And Here's Her Alleged Real Burial Site. Princess Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997, at the age of 36, and she was buried at Althorp Park in North Hampshire, England, the place where she grew up.

Where is Princess Diana's wedding dress? ›

Since its original unveiling in 1981, Princess Diana's dress has made appearances all over the world. In 2014, as stipulated in Princess Diana's will, the dress was passed down to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry after Harry's 30th birthday, according to People.

What were Diana's last words? ›

Before she was taken out of the car, he held her hand and comforted her. "My God, what's happened," Diana then asked him, in what proved to be her final words. "I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she started breathing again.

Is the royal vault refrigerated? ›

More Videos. Prince Philip's coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, which isn't refrigerated, after his funeral in 2021.

Is Princess Diana's grave open to the public? ›

Yes, you can visit Althorp Park.

The family estate is located an hour and a half outside of London. Whilst Diana's grave on the island is not accessible to the public, it can be viewed from a distance and there is opportunity to leave flowers at a nearby memorial.

Who is buried in the royal Vault? ›

After the Westminster Abbey service, the Queen was buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel during a private ceremony at 7.30pm. Prince Philip, who was originally interred in the Royal Vault beneath St George's Chapel after his death aged 99 in April 2021, was moved to be buried alongside his wife of 73 years.

Are bodies preserved in the royal vault? ›

The royal family relies on lead-lined caskets which are airtight and this helps preserve the bodies inside. The Queen's husband, Prince Philip, will be removed from his current resting place in the Royal Vault and placed beside the Queen.

Will the Queen be buried next to her husband? ›

Prince Philip's coffin will be moved from its current resting place to be interred alongside his wife in the King George VI chapel at Windsor today. The Queen will be buried alongside the Duke of Edinburgh in a private service that will take place at 7.30pm this evening.

Did the Queen bow to Diana's coffin? ›

The queen stood with her family, and as Diana's funeral cortege passed by, she bowed her head. It was not a quick bow, nor a shallow one. The woman accustomed to being bowed by the world now lowered her head and humbly honored the princess.

Why does Diana not have a headstone? ›

The isolated spot made it so intruders couldn't possibly vandalize or stalk the grave and continue to victimize Diana in her time of peace. As her little brother, Earl Charles Spencer felt fiercely protective of Diana's legacy and privacy.

How much did Princess Diana's funeral cost? ›

Princess Diana – £5 million

She was given a form of ceremonial royal funeral, despite not being still married to Prince Charles. Policing costs alone for the day came to around £2.2 million, with the total cost estimated between £3 to £5 million pounds – which would be around £7 million today.

How did Queen Elizabeth handle Diana's death? ›

Elizabeth seemed, publicly at least, unmoved by Diana's death, even as the prime minister — media-savvy Tony Blair — coined a memorable phrase in describing Diana as “the people's princess." The queen eventually relented and came to London to pay her respects.

Did the Queen Mother have to curtsy to the Queen? ›

There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms. For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.

Why do you bow at a coffin? ›

Everyone attending a funeral should walk up to a couple of yards from the coffin and make a slight bow or curtsey in respect for the enormity and irretrievability of death.

Is Camilla related to Diana? ›

Camilla Is Related to Both Diana and Charles

Both the Prince of Wales and Camilla have shared ancestors dating back to the 17th century. Strangely, they are also both related to the late Princess Diana through shared ancestry dating back to King Charles II.

Does Prince William visit Diana's grave? ›

Prince William and Prince Harry have attended a private service to rededicate the grave of their mother, Princess of Wales, almost 20 years after her death. The service was held at Diana's family home in Northamptonshire on what would have been her 56th birthday.

Can the public visit Diana's grave? ›

In addition to being Princess Diana's childhood home, Althorp is also her final resting place, but her grave is inaccessible to the public.

Is Princess Diana buried in a vault? ›

Princess Diana's final resting-place is in the grounds of Althorp Park, her family home. The original plan was for her to be buried in the family vault at the local church in nearby Great Brington, but this was changed by her brother, Earl Spencer.

Who will carry the queen's coffin? ›

Elizabeth II is the 11th former monarch to be buried in the chapel in Windsor Castle. She will be buried alongside her father King George VI, the Queen Mother and her sister Margaret. Her late husband, Prince Philip, will have his coffin moved to join her, after his death and burial last year.

What was the most expensive funeral in history? ›

Alexander the Great's funeral is said to be the most expensive funeral in history. Two years in the planning, the King's body was said to have been preserved in honey while craftsmen built the golden casket and funeral carriage that would carry his body from Babylon to Macedonia.

How much are the Spencer family worth? ›

On top of that, they do a much better job of keeping their finances hush-hush. But while the net worth of some of the Spencer family's most prominent members is unknown, the 9th Earl Spencer, Charles Spencer's (Kitty Spencer's father and Princess Diana's brother) net worth is estimated at around $154 million.

Who will be the next queen of England? ›

After an historic 70 years on the throne as Britain's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, at her home at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, on Sept. 8, 2022. Immediately upon her passing, her eldest son, Prince Charles, became the new king.

What injuries caused Princess Diana's death? ›

How did Diana die in a car crash? Diana suffered from a concussion, broken arm and a cut to her thigh in the crash, but what ultimately took her life were her severe chest wounds. Her heart was displaced in her chest and she suffered a tear to her pulmonary vein that proved lethal and caused internal bleeding.

Who was Princess Diana in a relationship with when she died? ›

Then 36 years old, the royal mom to Prince William, then 15, and Prince Harry, then 12, was in a blossoming relationship with Dodi Al Fayed, the son of Harrods department store owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

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