The Funeral of Princess Diana 1997
BBC One live Broadcast of the Funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales on Saturday, 6th September 1997.
Princess Diana's Funeral Part 12: Approaching the Abbey
The Cortege passes the cenotaph as a member of the crowd calls out We love you Diana! The Queen and Queen Mother arrive with Prince Edward at Westminster Abbey to polite applause as the organ begins playing Pachelbel's 'Canon in D'. The Queen Mother was just over a month past her 97th birthday at this time and had just over four and half years of her remarkable life left to live. I've heard it said her longevity was due in large part to her cheerful outlook on life: which should be a lesson for us all.
The cortege passes Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament although they were not seen from the BBC's cameras. It would also have passed the Banqueting House where King Charles I was executed in 1649, having lost the Civil War.
The cortege enters its final stretch after turning the corner on Parliament Square towards Victoria. The 400 or so charity workers stop as they are to participate in the service from St. Margaret's Chapel as the Abbey was not big enough to accomodate them alongside the other invited guests.
As the gun carriage pulls in front of the Abbey, the time is just leaving 10.55am.
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Princess Diana's Funeral Part 8: The Queen Awaits
The cortege goes down Constitution Hill approaching Buckingham Palace where the Queen and the Royal Family waits for it to pass. The Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, is see waiting alongside Sarah, Duchess of York and mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie us seen waiting. It was revealed at the inquest into Diana's death that Sarah and Diana had not spoken to each other for almost two years at the time of Diana's death. Princess Margaret tragically died in 2002.
Meanwhile, Clive James, Ruby Wax and other dignitaries arrive at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Harry's heartbreaking words to Charles as the royals carried on as normal and attended
'Is it true that Mummy's dead?': Prince Harry's heartbreaking words to Charles as the royals carried on as normal and attended church just hours after telling the boys Diana had died.
The royal family's insistence on carrying on as normal in the immediate aftermath of Diana's death left Prince Harry, 12, confused and wondering if his mother had really passed away.
The revelation is made by the princess' biographer Tina Brown in tonight's documentary Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors, which reveals the turmoil surrounding the week after the royal's death.
'Prince Harry actually asked his father, Is it true that Mummy's dead?' she explained. 'The children couldn't understand why everything was as normal, except a couple of hours earlier they'd been told their mother had died.'
The programme explains that the royals' initial reaction to Diana's death was to 'do as they had always done' and, as it was a Sunday, that meant going to church at Balmoral where they where staying.
Just hours earlier William, 15, and Harry, 12, had woken to the news that their mother had been killed in a car crash, but there was no mention of her during the service at Crathie Kirk church at the request of the Queen as she feared upsetting her grandsons.
The documentary also reveals how tensions ran high as the royals battled with Downing Street over funeral arrangements, such as whether William and Harry should walk behind the coffin - with the older Prince initially refusing to take part in the procession.
Meanwhile, Paul Burrell and Diana's chauffeur Colin Tebbutt had to set up a make-shift morgue when they went to Paris to collect her body from the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, bringing in fans to keep the stifling August heat at bay and hanging blankets on the windows to deter photographers.
According to the programme, it appeared to the public that the royals were treating Diana as they had done when she was alive - with 'cold detachment'.
But the Queen firmly believed that any reference to their mother would be 'heartbreaking' for William and Harry, and even ordered all TVs and radios to be removed or hidden at Balmoral so they wouldn't hear any traumatising details of her death on the news.
The documentary also reveals tensions between the funeral committee made up of representatives of the royal family, Downing Street, the police and Diana's family, laid bare by Tony Blair's former head of government relations Anji Hunter.
'The most tension in the room always came from Charles Spencer's people,' she revealed.
PRINCESS DIANA'S DEATH Predicted By Prophet T.B. Joshua!
Witness the prophecy about the death that shook the world from a man in faraway Nigeria who even mentioned her by name a month before her tragic passing...
On Sunday July 6th 1997, Prophet T.B. Joshua declared, A star will fall. By next Sunday, I will tell you the length of days. Let us keep our fingers crossed. One popular person will die. There is nothing we can do about it. I know that star, I know what will happen and I know the day and time it will happen.
On Sunday 13th July 1997, he spoke further, A popular person, a woman, will pass away in an overseas country. I know where and I know the person. People will condemn her because of what led to her death; people will not like to hear.
On Sunday 27th July 1997, Prophet T.B. Joshua specifically stated her name. This is an international issue. Many of us were here when I asked people to pray - that, a star will fall, a great star that will shake the whole world. And it will come to pass. And I told you she's a very young person. The whole world will shake. Is it Diana?
This prophecy came years before the emergence of Emmanuel TV and Prophet T.B. Joshua became known internationally...
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“Diana continues to be the lens in which we view pretty much everything to do with the Windsors,” he explained. “Maybe one of the reasons she is still so alive in our memories and so much part of the contemporary royal scene is that she’s like a reference point … She humanises the royal family, the crown. Diana does it better than anyone else.”
Jephson shared he still misses Diana, a woman who was spontaneous and unpredictable, all while possessing a charming sense of humour. Despite being a schoolteacher when she married Prince Charles in 1981, Jephson insisted she took on the new role like a pro.
“She was a professional to her fingertips,” he explained. “She made everything look easy and she was wonderfully spontaneous, a very astute observer of people and very emotionally empathetic, yet at the flick of a switch, she could out-royal the royals. She had an amazing aristocratic, regal quality, which set her apart from other princesses.
Jephson revealed that despite Diana being depicted by the press as a lonely princess trapped in a tower, she wasn’t always unhappy with life within the palace. In fact, she was a quick learner who spotted key details even her own security would miss and she wasn’t afraid to poke fun at herself either.
“Even if she was in a bad mood or things were really tough, when you couldn’t cheer her out of it, no matter how black the outlook might be, and you can imagine there were some very, very bleak days, you could always persuade her to see the brighter side,” he said.
Still, there was no denying that her marriage to Prince Charles was disintegrating. Even before she married the future king in a televised wedding that attracted about 750 million viewers worldwide, she suspected he was having an ongoing affair with his ex-girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles.
Jephson said her staff tirelessly worked to ensure the public the marriage was a joyous one. However, tabloids were ruthless in uncovering every detail about the soap opera happening within the castle.
“I remember for years, we were telling the world Charles and Diana were fine,” said Jephson. “That these rumours concerning trouble in their marriage were that, just rumours. Everything was OK, they had these lovely boys, it was a happy family. Yes, their life was tough, demanding and full of sacrifices and duty, but they were OK.
“And even though we knew that wasn’t true, we felt compelled to send that message because that’s what people needed to hear. And to be honest, we had no alternative. We never had to deal with a divorce from a prince or princess of Wales before.”
Diana famously gave a shocking interview in 1995 to BBC where she declared, “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” Jepshon, who believed the interview was “a huge mistake,” claimed it was a tell-all that Diana regretted doing.
“Her children were the centre of her universe,” he said. “Wherever we were in the world, she would always say, ‘I have to make sure I can phone William and Harry.’ She was always in a hurry to get back to them for their bedtime.
“She exposed them, and rightfully so, to the kinds of experiences that normal boys of their age would experience, like going to McDonald’s, going to the movies or theme parks … She introduced them to her homeless charity so they could see that homeless people should not be feared, but rather supported and understood.”
Jephson found a new life in America, a place he’s called home for eight years. But he still wonders about what kind of future Diana could have had.
“In theory, it should have been a job for the rest of my life,” he said. “But fate had other ideas.”
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After Diana's Death:Prince Charles Crying(Unseen Public)
19-9-1997:The Prince Of Wales has returned to the public arena to make his first official TX engagement since the funeral of Princess Diana.He talks about his sons' courage after the death of their mummy.
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Queen Royal - Royal REVELATION: How Princess Margaret wrote secret letter to the Queen after Diana
In Netflix documentary The Royal House of Windsor it is revealed the late sibling of the Queen was taken aback by the monarch’s nod to Diana’s coffin as it made its way to Westminster Abbey for the funeral. Princess Margaret, who would die just five years after the People’s Princess in 2002, wrote: “My loving admiration for you. “How kindly you arranged everybody’s lives after the accident and made life tolerable for the two poor boys.” She added: “I just felt you were just wonderful.” The note referenced her pride at the Queen, who despite a catalogue of tensions with Diana in the run-up to her shock death in 1997, bowed her head to the 37-year-old’s funeral procession in an act of sheer grace. The shocking documentary tells of the struggles Diana faced in the aftermath of her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996. Diana and the Queen had locked horns on several occasions, with one particularly heated exchange showing the Queen demanding the royal support charities that were “nicer and more pleasant” when Diana poured her heart into controversial Aids and leprosy foundations. The two also came to loggerheads when Diana used the media as a weapon to humiliate her ex-husband, handing over gossip to the British press and even appearing on television suggesting he was not fit to head the monarchy after his mother. Initially, the aftermath of Diana’s death saw the monarchy retreat to the Queen’s Balmoral residence in an act of coldness that the public appeared to not take a liking to. Though for the funeral, it seemed the Queen called a truce with her former daughter-in-law and bowed to her in front of millions. Princess Diana was a patron of more than 100 charities and she became known for spending hours talking to people and listening to their stories. She even led a campaign for a worldwide ban on landmines where she risked her own life by walking through a minefield. The Princess often spoke out on various issues and she used her high profile to raise awareness and funds for charities. Diana died on August 31, 1997 when the car she was traveling through Paris in along with her lover ,Dodi Al-Fayad, crashed when it hit a pillar. She, Dodi and driver Henri Paul, died.
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Princess Diana's cortege makes its way through the suburbs of London and the M1 motorway in its way to Althorp
Diana: The Night She Died (Conspiracy Documentary) | Timeline
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After the death of Diana Princess of Wales, conspiracy theories filled the headlines. As so many of the conspiracy theories are absurd, many simple questions about the fatal night of August 31st have never been asked. By the end not only Princess Diana but also Dodi Al Fayed and the driver Henri Paul were dead.
First, police blamed the paparazzi for causing the accident. They had been buzzing round the car like flies. Then 48 hours later they blamed the driver of the Mercedes, Henri Paul. He was said to be three times over the drink limit. This compelling program seeks to answer the many questions overlooked by the enquiry and to uncover what really happened the night Diana died.
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