The overwhelming outpouring of grief continued as her coffin made its way 60 miles from London to a private service and burial on an island in a small lake at Althorp - the stately home of her family, the Spencers.
In the funeral procession there had walked not only her former husband and her brother, but also her two young sons. This was perhaps one of the most poignant moments of the day's events. In the blaze of media publicity that had inevitably surrounded her death, the actual human cost appeared to have been overlooked - two young boys had lost a devoted mother. Also overlooked to an extent was the fact that in the incident that had claimed her life, a father had also lost a son, and a family had lost a brother and son, while another young man had suffered horrifying injuries.
It was in the early hours of Sunday August 31, 1997, in a tunnel at the Place d'Alma in Paris, that Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed along with her lover Dodi Al Fayed and their driver Henri Paul. Dodi's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived. The family of Henri Paul not only had to cope with the tragedy of his death but the fact that the official record held that he had been responsible for the crash which claimed their lives through a combination of alcohol, drugs, and driving at high speed.
But even before the self-styled 'Queen of Hearts' was laid to rest, questions had been raised into the circumstances surrounding the crash. Had it indeed merely been the result of an accident?
The death of Diana, Dodi, and Henri Paul was immediately pounced upon by conspiracy theorists. Theories abound as to what actually caused the crash - ranging from the plausible to the frankly ridiculous. At first sight, an examination of the events surrounding the crash point to a tragic combination of circumstances, which eventually led to their Mercedes S280 ploughing into the 13th pillar of the Alma Tunnel.
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