A princess in Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOURTELEGRAPH - By Nigel Thorn­ton nigel.thorn­ton@peterboroughtoday.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTnigelthorn­ton 01733 588714

Twenty years ago to­day the world woke up to the shock­ing news that Princess Diana had been killed in a car crash in Paris. Her death sparked a huge out­pour­ing of grief across the world but, of course, in Bri­tain in par­tic­u­lar.

It was no dif­fer­ent in Peter­bor­ough, with thou­sands of peo­ple lay­ing flow­ers in trib­ute at the Guild­hall in Cathe­dral Square.

The Princess had strong links with the area and she was a fre­quent vis­i­tor.

Her fam­ily home and her place of burial are in the diocse of Peter­bor­ough

The then Bishop of Peter­bor­ough Ian Cundy played a sig­nif­i­cant part in her burial. As the dio­cese Bishop, he con­se­crated the ground at the Spencer fam­ily’s Althorp Es­tate, in Northants, prior to her burial, and was present as she was laid in the ground.

Diana made sev­eral visits to RAF Wit­ter­ing where for many years she was an honorary Air Com­modore.

She was also a pa­tron of the Peter­bor­ough based char­ity The Le­prosy Mis­sion.

To­day’s Look­ing Back is the first of a two-part spe­cial fea­tur­ing pic­tures of the Princess in Peter­bor­ough.

If you have any mem­o­ries or pic­tures of Diana please get in touch. Email nigel.thorn­ton@peterboroughtoday.co.uk or write to Look­ing Back, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House, Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough. PE1 1NG

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