Goodbye England’s Rose

by MSO

On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.

The unforgettably tearful performance of Elton John’s Candle In The Wind, played at his dearest friend Diana’s funeral, was only one of the heart-wrenching expressions of grief on September 6th, 1997. Diana’s tragic death touched the hearts of millions around the world as the wave of news spread of her fatal injuries due to a car accident.

Although it wasn’t technically a state funeral (Diana was divorced from her Prince husband at that time), Diana was mourned by an estimated 2.5 billion people – the funeral procession was shown live on television around the world. Diana’s funeral was the first time in England’s history where the Union Jack flag at Buckingham Palace was flown at half-mast. Although the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana was rocky towards the end, she still honored her in a respectable way. Her favorite flowers adorned the altar where her casket was laid for the procession, and eight Welsh guards acted as pallbearers for the event.

Many people lined the streets as Diana’s Hearse went by on the journey for her burial at the Spencer family estate. She was buried with a rosary in her hands, a gift from Mother Theresa.

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