Fans paid tribute outside the gates of the late Princess Diana’s home at Kensington Palace on Wednesday on the 25th anniversary of her death. He died in a car accident in Paris (25 years ago).
Her devoted fans wrote “Princess Diana” with white chrysanthemum flowers, which appeared among dozens of pictures of Diana and messages from fans. Some of them say they make annual pilgrimages to the site to commemorate the tragic event.
“We just came here and did the memorial and you know, we just talked about what he used to do,” said Julie Cain, 59. You know, we want to let people know that we will never forget Princess, we will never forget what she did.” Julie hails from Newcastle in northern England, 300 miles (480 km) away. “We just want to keep the legacy he left behind as long as possible,” he said.
Diana died on August 31, 1997 at the age of 36. People around the world felt a sense of wonder that the princess was their best friend as they watched Diana’s 17 years of success and struggle on TV screens and on the front pages of newspapers. The tributes outside Kensington Palace on Wednesday, many days and years later, were only reminiscent of the huge floral tributes that followed Diana’s death.
From her marriage to Prince Charles until the night she died, Diana was the center of constant media attention. Her fairytale marriage, tumultuous divorce and attempts to build a new life all made headlines.
People have seen her grow from a shy teenager to an international style icon. Diana befriended AIDS patients, impressed Nelson Mandela and walked through a minefield to promote a landmine removal campaign. After all, she taught the royal family, especially her sons William and Harry, how to connect with people and be relevant for the 21st century.
Coin, 51, and her friend Maria Scott paid their respects to Diana as the dawn touched the palace as they do every year on Wednesday morning.
“There was something about this girl that was really different,” Scott said. And of course, I saw her wedding, she was a princess from a fairy tale.” He added, “See, it’s like he’s part of your life because you see him on television every day. He was in newspapers and magazines. He was in everything and you felt like he was a part of your life.