A funeral to mark the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in Paris on Wednesday, laid flowers and left messages on the bridge above the tunnel where she was killed in a car crash.
The flowers and images of Diana decorated with gold leaf are covered with the Flame of Liberty, a replica of the torch of the Statue of Liberty at the north end of the Pont de L’Alma that became Her unofficial memorial in the French capital.
The princess was just 36 years old when the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in the tunnel beneath the bridge when it sped away from chasing photographers on motorbikes.
“Deja 25 ans (it’s been 25 years),” reads one of the cards left on the memorial, where crowds of locals and tourists – surrounded by media filming crews – arrive Pay your respects, leave flowers and take pictures.
“Forever in our hearts,” read another one with Diana’s picture left by a self-identified Monique from Luxembourg.
People also left flower mementos outside Kensington Palace in London, Diana’s former hometown.
“Instead of 25 years, it’s like yesterday. It takes you back to those days,” said Jane Crook, 64, a school worker from Wales.
Morgan Hindle, a 23-year-old support worker from Manchester, said: “She’s an amazing person and an icon and I think she means a lot to a lot of people… I think she is. He’s someone who needs to be remembered forever.”
Millions of people around the globe mourned “the people’s princess”, as then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair described Diana, in 1997.
She was one of the most recognized and photographed women in the world and the highest advocate for humanitarian causes – including children’s charities and demining – when she passed life.
As the mother of Princes William and Harry, her death plunged the monarchy into crisis, following the breakup of her marriage to the heir to the throne Prince Charles with revelations of a feud, adultery and the suffering she once felt in her royal role.
Diana’s continued passion for life was illustrated on Saturday when the black Ford Escort she drove in the 1980s sold at auction in the UK for £724,500 ($844,000).
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