In the largest security operation ever mounted in Britain, 20,000 extra police were brought into the capital on the day of the funeral. Pc Stuart Spinks was on duty in the crowd watching the funeral cortege pass through the streets of London.
‘I’d been talking to a couple,’ he recalls. ‘The man crossed himself and, as he did, his wife looked at him and started to cry. That set everybody off in front of me.
You don’t realise how contagious that is. I don’t think I could count the number of people who were actually just sobbing…’
floral tributes rained down on Diana’s hearse