Today In History — September 6, 1997 — Princess Diana’s Funeral Held


On this day in 1997, Princess Diana’s funeral was held following her death in a Paris car crash on August 31.

The ceremony started at 0908 BST, when the tenor bell sounded to signal the departure of the cortege to Kensington Palace.

Her coffin was sent to Westminster Abbey along a four-mile procession. Over a million people lined the route of the funeral cortege to the abbey and along her final journey to the Spencer family home in Northamptonshire.

The Union Flag was lowered to half-mast as politicians and celebrities joined the royal family in a subdued congregation at the abbey, where the widely televised public funeral was held.

A private burial ceremony was later held, attended by Diana’s former husband Prince Charles, her two sons Princes William and Harry, her mother, siblings, a close friend and a clergyman.

She was laid to rest on an island within the grounds of her family estate in Althorp Park.

Even in death, Princess Diana’s image is said to have remained as iconic as it was while she was alive.

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