Twenty years ago today, Princess Diana was killed in an automobile accident in Paris.


August 30, 1997 – ‘Dodi has a plan.  Two cars will act as decoys leaving from the Ritz front entrance.  He and Diana will leave from the rear in a Mercedes S280.  Henri Paul, 41, the Ritz’s acting head of security, is given the task of driving the couple.  He has been called in while off duty and is seen drinking two measures of Ricard pastis in the bar while he waits.’   the guardian.com


August 31, 1997 – ‘Diana and Dodi leave the Ritz at 00.18 captured on CCTV waiting for their car.  A last picture shows them in the Mercedes: Paul at the wheel, Dodi’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor, in the front, and Diana in the back looking out of the rear windscreen.  As the car, chased by photographers, approaches Pont de l’Alma at speed, Paul clips a white Fiat Uno and looses control.  It hits the 13th pillar.  He has no time to brake.’   the guardian.com


I recall watching, on television, Diana and Charles wedding on July 29, 1981.  Her beauty was radiant and her personality was mesmerizing.


I seemed to me that Diana gave hope to the many hopeless that often do not have an advocate.


Her care for those with Aids and her spontaneous touching of them and hugging them…was a breath of fresh air in a very polarizing and frightening time.


Look at her eyes…they were lonely and sad.


Yet, her spirit lifted us all!



Note: All photos are from BBC News.




12 responses

  1. Good tribute to the English Rose as Sir Elton John wrote a song for her….pity she has passed at such a young age. If she was alive today, for sure her charitable works would dominate and set an example for the world. Her fashion bucked the trend in Buckingham too!

    1. She had a gift for touching the hearts of the powerless. ❤️

      1. True that BJ! Happy Friday to you and all at home😊🤗

      2. The same to you, my friend. 🍁🍂

  2. I like to think that she escaped the world of being hunted and is living on some island somewhere…caring for those who are lonely, sick and forgotten.

  3. Deborah the Closet Monster | Reply

    One of my memories of leaving Orcalab (which happened to show up in this morning’s post) was of sitting on the train across from a weeping Canadian. I asked if she was OK, and she replied she was distraught about Di’s passing just a day or two prior. This post brings together, yet again today, two different times and places as if they are one. Thank you for that. Also, I, too, was touched by her acts of compassion and turning away from fear.

    1. You are most welcome, my friend. 🌞

  4. A sad day that was. My whole family cried and just could not believe it really had happened. She was very special…and I felt so sorry for her two lovely boys.

    1. It was so sad. Such a profound loss.

      1. They have been sending programmes on TV these last days…about her life and what happened the week after and before she died. I watched them and the feeling of sadness and loss was overwhelming once more.

      2. We have had similar television pieces here, as well. She was an extraordinary person.

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