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Remembering Princess Diana 25 years later

25 years after Princess Diana’s death, tourists from around the world have come to Paris’ Flame of Liberty to pay tribute to the Princess of Wales. Portraits, flowers, and padlocks adorn the unofficial memorial, which sits next to Pont de l’Alma, where she was killed in a car accident.

Princess Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997. The news was quickly confirmed by British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who commented, “I am greatly shocked by this news. Our first thoughts must be with her children and family at this time of immense loss to them.”

Princess Diana newly divorced and in a relationship with Dodi Al Fayed, the son of Harrods department store owner Mohamed Al Fayed had been vacationing in France together.

On Aug. 31, 1997, Diana and Al Fayed were traveling in a car in Paris with a driver and bodyguard pursued by paparazzi when their vehicle slammed into a support column, flipped and came to a rest in front of oncoming traffic.

Al Fayed and the driver died instantly, while medical workers attempted to keep Diana alive for hours before her death was announced at nearly 5:00 a.m. on Aug. 31.

Al Fayed’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was the only survivor of the crash and the only passenger who wore a seat belt, although he suffered serious injuries.

At the time of her death She was 36 years old, the royal mom to Prince William, then 15, and Prince Harry, then 12.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye