Sunday 31 August 1997 marked an incredibly sad day for the British Royal Family. In the early hours of that day, Lady Diana, the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry passed away at University Hospitals Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris.
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Just after midnight, Lady Diana, her boyfriend and chauffeur were involved in a fatal car crash while being pursued by paparazzi. The announcement of her death shook the world. Throughout her life, the people’s princess, was incredibly loved. People were heartbroken that the 36-year-old died and even sadder that she left behind 2 young sons.
On 6 September 1997, Lady Diana’s funeral took place. Images of both her sons walking behind her casket travelled the world and left many deeply touched. Today, 31 August 2023, images of the funeral are still intact in people’s memories and a French publication reveals what Lady Diana was wearing on that day.
Lady Diana buried with Mother Theresa’s rosary
Lady Diana was deeply loved by the English people but her death deeply moved the French as well. To this day, many French citizens remember her incredibly fondly and visit her memorial at Pont de l’Alma. Articles marking the anniversary of her death therefore come to no surprise.
French publication Gala decided to mark her death’s anniversary by honouring the symbolism of what Lady Diana was buried in. According to them, she was buried holding a rosary that Mother Theresa had gifted her. Moreover, Gala reveals that Lady Diana was buried wearing her favourite jewellery.
Lady Diana, a fashion icon forever
Gala also discloses that Lady Diana was buried in a black wool dress with long sleeves. The dress is special because Lady Diana had purchased it in the South of France just a few weeks before she died. Furthermore, the dress is designed by Catherine Walker who worked with Lady Diana as early as 1981.
According to Gala, throughout her life Lady Diana could have worn more than a thousand pieces designed by Walker.
Finally, in 2021, Father Yves-Marie Clochard-Bossuet, chaplain when Lady Diana died shared that the woman was buried wearing makeup that sustained the natural beauty she was known for.
Gala: Mort de Lady Diana : dans quelle tenue la princesse de Galles repose-t-elle?