Ten years to the day since Diana lost her life in a car crash in Paris, her sons addressed a memorial service in her honour at Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace. The moving service was watched on TV by millions worldwide.
The princes were greeted with cheers from the crowd lining the Mall as they arrived. The Queen was also met with cheers despite the fallout over her public response to Diana’s death.
In his speech, Prince Harry said his mother should be remembered with love, adding: “We completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life. She was simply the best mother in the world.”
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, stayed away but well-known figures including Prime Minister Gordon Brown,Sir Richard Branson, Sir Cliff Richard, Lord Attenborough and Sir Elton John were among the 500 guests.
At Kensington Palace, Diana’s former residence, hundreds of people paid respects and tied photos of the princess to the railings.
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Still our princess
It is ten years since Princess Diana was killed in a Paris underpass but the thousands of people in the capital today showed she is still the People’s Princess.
As the great and the good paid moving tributes at the memorial service at Wellington Barracks, thousands of ordinary Londoners stood ten-deep along the Mall and at Kensington Palace.
Some laid flowers at the palace gates of Diana’s home, echoing the scenes there a decade ago, while others were content to mark the princess’s life in silence.
Margaret Tyler, 53, of Wembley, has a house devoted to the Royal Family, including a Diana Room. She said: “She was such a special person with the common touch. It’s in you, you can’t manufacture it. She let us into her life.”
As well as the many photographs of the princess which were tied to the railings outside the Palace, there were Union Flags and banners bearing messages such as “We Miss You Diana”.
Father Frank Gelli, former curate of nearby St Mary Abbots Church, has held a service every year since the first anniversary of Di’s death. He said: “This is to offer spiritual support to people.”
Many flew in from across the globe to pay tribute. Dusam Gluvic, 28, of Cologne, said: “I had to be here. She touched everyone.”