Diana: the Day Britain Cried
those involved in the staging of funeral share their memories of an emotional and historic day
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