Princess Diana was eulogized at her funeral in Westminster Abbey on this day in history, Sept. 6, 1997.
Thousands of mourners lined the streets to catch a glimpse as the procession made its way through the streets of London.
More than 2,000 people attended her funeral, including family members, celebrities, royals and dignitaries.
In addition, an estimated 2.5 billion people around the globe tune in to TV broadcasts of the funeral of Diana, who died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, noted History.com.
In the early hours of August 31, the driver of Diana’s car lost control of the vehicle while trying to elude paparazzi and crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.
Diana’s companion, Dodi al-Fayed, also died in the crash, as did driver, Henri Paul.
It was later determined Paul was speeding and under the influence of alcohol, multiple sources indicated.
The United Kingdom experienced an outpouring of public grief over Diana’s death.
Diana’s friend, the musical icon Elton John, performed a reworked version of his song “Candle in the Wind,” which he and Bernie Taupin had originally written about Marilyn Monroe.
The image of Prince William, then age 15, and Prince Harry, then age 12, walking solemnly with their father behind Diana’s casket in her funeral cortège became iconic.
Diana’s brother, Lord Charles Spencer, eulogized Diana and blamed the media for his sister’s death, calling her the “most hunted person of the modern age,” History.com reported.
The image of Prince William, then age 15, and Prince Harry, then age 12, walking solemnly with their father behind Diana’s casket in her funeral cortège became iconic, said Britannica.com.
Diana was born on July 1, 1961, near Sandringham, England.
She was the daughter of Edward John Spencer, the Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, who was later known as the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd, according to Biography.com.
She is remembered as always having a great fondness for children.
After attending finishing school at Institut Alpin Videmanette in Switzerland, Diana moved to London, where she began working with children, eventually becoming an assistant at Young England Kindergarten, the same source chronicled.
Prince Charles — today King Charles III — originally dated the older sister of Diana.
In the summer of 1980, Charles first took interest in Diana as a potential bride when they reconnected at a mutual friend’s home, according to several sources. He was 13 years older than her.
The couple only dated a few months when Prince Charles proposed in Windsor Castle on Feb. 3, 1981.
Prince Charles proposed to Diana with an 18-karat white gold ring topped with a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, according to Biorgraphy.com.
On her wedding day, she became Diana, Princess of Wales, when she married Prince Charles on July 29, 1981.
“She wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible.”