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.