As we edge ever closer the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s untimely death on Thursday, Aug. 31, a deluge of tributes have already begun to flood her former central London home, Kensington Palace. According to The Telegraph, the palace’s “robust” security staff has already been briefed to point well-wishers in the direction of “The Golden Gates” to the south of the palace, which will act as the focal point for those wishing to lay personal tributes for the late People’s Princess.
Of course, it’s the same spot in which a sea of flowers spontaneously formed after Diana’s death on Aug. 31, 1997. A large banner with photos of the princess throughout her incredible life is perhaps the most noticeable tribute to have popped up at the iconic site. Another tribute — a card attached to a bouquet of flowers — signed by royal fans Lynda and Victoria, acknowledges the efforts of Prince William and Prince Harry in continuing their late mother’s incredible legacy.
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“You were a beautiful person inside and out and our country was so very lucky to have you as our princess,” the note begins. “Thankfully, your two boys are so like you in so many ways. You would be so very proud of the fine young men that they have become. You are still loved and missed as much today as you were 20 years ago. You will never be forgotten no matter what. You will forever be our Queen of Hearts.”
William was just 15 and his brother Harry only 12 when their beloved mother died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. She was just 36 at the time. The royal siblings recently spoke publicly — and in depth — about the days that followed the death of their beloved mother in BBC1’s new documentary, Diana, 7 Days. In the 90-minute feature, William explains that he and his younger brother felt compelled to “stand up” and protect their mother by sharing their words — something they weren’t able to do at the time of her tragic passing.
“Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is because we feel we owe it to her,” William said. “I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger. We couldn’t protect her. We feel we at least owe her 20 years on to stand up for her name and remind everybody of the character and person that she was. Do our duties as sons in protecting her.”
According to the film’s director, Henry Singer, it’s likely to be the last time the royal brothers broach the distressing subject of their mother’s death. “I think the princes hope they have answered these questions once and for all,” Singer — the award-winning filmmaker behind the Twin Towers documentary The Falling Man — recently told the Radio Times. “And they don’t need to be asked them anymore, and that people can refer back to this film and our words within it if they have questions. That this is their first, and final word on it.”
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This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.