On the 31st August, 1997, Princess Diana died after a car crash in a Paris tunnel.

Media attention and public mourning were extensive. She was an incredibly popular person, predominately for her charity work.

Supporting dozens of charities, including London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, she also undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her overseas.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of her death, and as a result there have been thousands of tributes both online and physically.


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Flowers, balloons, cards and stuffed toys have been left outside Kensington Palace as a mark of respect, with some mourners travelling from as far away as Australia to grieve.

William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry have both visited the flowers and thanked the public for their response.


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On Twitter, Kensington Palace wrote: "The Duke and Prince Harry are grateful for the many flowers, letters and messages they have received about their mother.

"They wanted to say thank you to those who had made the journey to Kensington Palace."


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In Paris, a similar reaction has taken place with mourners gathering just metres away from the scene of the crash to lay candles and flowers in the Princess's memory.

Elton John, who considered Princess Diana as his 'best friend' paid tribute to the Princess on Instagram, captioned a photo of the pair together: "20 years ago today, the world lost an angel. RIP."


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Elton John famously performed an alternative version of his song 'Candle In The Wind' at her funeral, which was televised.

Speaking to BBC, Prince Harry revealed that the song had a profound effect on him as a child: "Elton John's song was incredibly emotional, that was part of this whole trigger system which nearly brought me to the point of crying in public, which I'm glad I didn't do."

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Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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