Princess Diana fans leave tributes outside Palace on 23rd anniversary of death

Fans of Princess Diana have gathered at Kensington Palace to honour Prince Harry and Prince William’s mum on the anniversary of her death.

Diana, dubbed the People's Princess, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997, 23 years ago, leaving behind her sons and the life she made for them.

To mark the 23rd anniversary of her death, well-wishers put banners and floral tributes on the gates of Kensington Palace.

She had an apartment inside the palace at the time of her death, and was where she raised Harry and William with Prince Charles.

Fans also left Union Jack flags and left a number of old photos of the princess with the boys and at several Royal engagements.

One of the banners left reads, "your good work continues through your sons", while another is accompanied with the message "Princess Diana, always loved, never forgotten, forever missed."

In 2019, a group of loyal fans gathered outside the palace on the 22nd anniversary of her death, Prince Charles left many in tears when he went outside to say thank you.

The outing was not planned or publicised, and he discreetly emerged while accompanied by a small security team.

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Princess Diana's death shocked the world, including the emergency services team who arrived at the scene and fought to save her life.

Firefighter Xavier Gourmelon said he had no idea who the "blonde woman" in the back of the car was, but didn’t believe she was in immediate danger as she was conscious and had her eyes open.

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The emergency serviceman later learnt the woman was Princess Diana, and said he comforted her by holding her hand as she was taken out of the car.

Sadly, Princess Diana died in surgery at the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital in Paris, and it was later revealed she had suffered serious internal injuries.

Feuding brothers Prince Harry and Prince William have come together to mark their mothers 60th birthday next month, and have funded a statue in her honour.

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The statue will stand in the Sunken Gardens of Buckingham Palace as a tribute to Diana, a sentiment her former bodyguard said was a "fitting" tribute.

Ken Wharfe said the gardens were "a place Diana loved and enjoyed" taking the children when she was alive.

Wharfe said the late royal had "tremendous influence" over the boys, and added: "If she could see the brothers at war, she'd be very upset about it."

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