Diana: the Day Bri­tain Cried

those in­volved in the stag­ing of fu­neral share their mem­o­ries of an emo­tional and his­toric day

TV Times - - Contents - Ian Macewan

TUES­DAY / itv I shared in the na­tion’s shock at Princess Diana’s death. Twenty years on, those in­volved in her fu­neral re­veal their poignant mem­o­ries.

Diana: The Day Bri­tain Cried tues­day / itv / 8.00pm

The out­pour­ing of emo­tion fol­low­ing the death of Princess Diana reached a crescendo on the day of her fu­neral, which took place in West­min­ster Abbey on the morn­ing of 6 Septem­ber 1997.

The event, watched on TV by 2.5 bil­lion view­ers, saw more than one mil­lion peo­ple line the streets of Lon­don as the cortege trav­elled from Kens­ing­ton Palace to West­min­ster Abbey.

Defin­ing mo­ments in­cluded Princes Wil­liam and Harry walk­ing be­hind the cof­fin, Earl Spencer’s trib­ute to his sis­ter, El­ton John’s ren­di­tion of Can­dle in the Wind, rewrit­ten as Good­bye Eng­land’s Rose and flow­ers fall­ing on the hearse.

In the ITV doc­u­men­tary Diana: The Day Bri­tain Cried, peo­ple who were in­volved share their mem­o­ries – from a po­lice­man to the royal florist.

Here, some of them re­call the day that changed the na­tion for­ever…

It was amaz­ing that our mother had such a huge ef­fect on so many peo­ple

DOC­U­MEN­TARY / 8.00pm / ITV

Twenty years on, many of us still re­mem­ber where we were on 6 Septem­ber 1997 – the day of Princess Diana’s fu­neral. For the peo­ple fea­tured in this mov­ing doc­u­men­tary, who were in­volved in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity, the mem­o­ries are par­tic­u­larly vivid. Those shar­ing their sto­ries in­clude a pall­bearer, the royal florist and a po­lice­man who wit­nessed first-hand the out­pour­ing of pub­lic emo­tion on the streets of Lon­don. Their tes­ti­mony is in­ter­spersed with ar­chive footage, fea­tur­ing mov­ing mo­ments such as Princes Wil­liam and Harry walk­ing be­hind the cof­fin, Earl Spencer’s trib­ute to his sis­ter and El­ton John’s ren­di­tion of Can­dle in the Wind.

Good­bye Eng­land’s rose: see page 12

the three princes and Earl Spencer walked be­hind Diana’s cof­fin flo­ral trib­utes left out­side Kens­ing­ton Palace

Earl Spencer with Princes Wil­liam, Harry and Charles at Diana’s fu­neral

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