Local woman recounts meeting Princess Diana months before tragedy

More than 2.5 billion people watched her funeral.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death, we have delved through the archives to unearth some images of Diana's famous visit to High Wycombe in 1989.

Diana was "revolutionary", said Sian Croston, a 17-year-old student from London who was visiting the gold-leaf Flame of Liberty monument that stands above the underpass and has become something of a shrine to the princess.

The artwork adorns a wall at St. Giles Hotel in London, close to Centrepoint, a homeless charity of which the princess was a patron.

Twenty years on, a few dozen bouquets of flowers and pictures of the princess have been laid at the Flame of Liberty by sympathetic visitors.

"Nobody knew it was her, no one had recognized her", he told ITV.

In November 1985, President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan welcomed Diana and her husband, Prince Charles, to the White House.

"The woman, who I later found out was Princess Diana, was on the floor in the back". Diana shared the less glamorous aspects of her life unabashedly.

Princes William and Harry have remained strong since the death of their mother, Princess Diana, 20 years ago. Those stopping by say she will never be forgotten.

"I was a child when she died but I studied her biography", said German journalist Marie Hermann, 25, from Frankfurt.

From Princes William and Harry, to music royalty Elton John, thousands of people have stopped to mark 20 years since the death of Princess Diana.

The Duke of Cambridge recalled Diana's "fantastic" dancing adding: 'She loved dancing, she was a fantastic dancer. "It was this unusual spiritual connection this very English girl had with such a different culture and I think America and Pakistan were the two places where she felt most at home". Diana, divorced from Prince Charles, with boyfriend Dodi Fayed, in a speeding limo, chased by paparazzi, rammed into a tunnel column.

John recently praised Diana for her philanthropic spirit in ITV's documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, saying he was happy that her youngest son, Prince Harry, was continuing her work as an Aids activist.


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