The Death of the Princess Diana at the age of 36 in a car accident sent shock waves around the world.
Twenty-five years ago, on August 31, 1997, Lady Diana Spencer lost her life in a car accident in Paris. Reports from our archives tell the story of this tragic event and the vibrant tribute paid to the one who was nicknamed the “princess of hearts”.
On Saturday August 30, 1997, the Host Michèle Viroly first announces on Téléjournal at 10 p.m. that Princess Diana was very seriously injured in Paris in a road accident.
His companion, Egyptian billionaire Dodi Al-Fayed and their driver were killed instantly.
Host Michèle Viroly announces that Princess Diana was seriously injured in a car accident in Paris with her companion Dodi Al Fayed.< /p>
I know it's very late in Europe and the information is only trickling in, but what details do you have about this accident? , asks the host to the correspondent of Radio-Canada in London Don Murray.
Chased by paparazzi on motorbikes, the car carrying the couple a little after midnight would have struck a pillar of the tunnel under the Alma bridge, explains the journalist.
A few hours later, we learn that the Princess of Wales died of her injuries after being taken to the Pitié Salpétrière hospital in Paris.
Report by Paris correspondent Céline Galipeau on the circumstances of the death of Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al Fayed. The news bulletin is presented by Michèle Viroly.
An absurd accident has thus broken the destiny of a beautiful young woman with such a sad look. This is how host Michèle Viroly opened the Téléjournal of August 31, 1997.
From Paris, correspondent Céline Galipeau recounts the circumstances surrounding the car accident which caused the death of Diana Spencer, 36, and her companion Dodi Al-Fayed, 42.
A pile of scrap metal with a tattered jacket on the windshield, that's all that remains of the accident, she describes in images of the scene of the 'accident. The state of the Mercedes leaves no doubt about the extreme violence of the impact.
More than an hour was needed to get out of the car Lady Diana whose life could not ultimately be saved. Around the hospital that welcomed her, hundreds of people come to lay flowers to pay their last respects.
The Paris correspondent speaks of a mixture of sadness and anger to describe the strong reaction in the population to the death of the Princess of Wales. Many hold responsible for the tragedy the image hunters who were hunting it, ready to do anything to cash in on clichés.
For seventeen years, they will have followed it step by step. not, tracked in its slightest movements, declares Céline Galipeau. Paparazzi who will have contributed to making him one of the biggest media stars in the world, but who according to many, will also have cost him his life.
London correspondent Don Murray reports on the shock wave following the death of Princess Diana and the repatriation of her body in the country. The news bulletin is presented by Michèle Viroly.
It was in England that the disappearance of Princess Diana was most cruelly felt, continues host Michèle Viroly at Téléjournal of August 31, 1997.
From London, correspondent Don Murray first looks back on the repatriation of Lady Diana's remains to England, accompanied by ceremonies on both sides of the Channel.
Popular mourning is already vast and intense, he describes as the English move en masse to gather at Buckingham Palace and Kensington where she resided with Prince Charles.
“These ordinarily reserved people mourned the death of a woman whom many of them considered a friend.
— Correspondent Don Murray
In addition to having shaken up the image of the royal family, Lady Di had an extraordinary ability to touch people. A power that his tragic death only magnified, concludes correspondent Don Murray in his report.
Reports by correspondents Don Murray and Céline Galipeau on Princess Diana's funeral in London.
Millions of people in London and two and a half billion viewers around the world accompanied Lady Diana to Westminster Abbey where a last tribute was paid to her, announces host Michèle Viroly at Téléjournal of September 6, 1997.
“It was the morning of the end of a modern fairy tale. A morning of powerful images and emotions.
— Correspondent Don Murray
From London, correspondent Don Murray reflects on the imposing funeral ceremony bringing together public and political figures, artists and the royal family.
The carriage carrying Lady Diana's coffin leaves Kensington Palace in the morning to drive in front of Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth II bows as she passes. Further on, William and Harry, the Princess's two sons, Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh and Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, join the procession.
They joined the procession to walk behind the coffin, heads bowed, faces closed, to Westminster Abbey, describes the journalist.
During the ceremony, the emotion culminates when singer Elton John performs the song Candle in The Wind which he wrote in memory of Lady Di.
Diana Spencer's brother delivers a eulogy where he does not fail to criticize the lifestyle of the royal family and the fact that his sister was so eagerly pursued by the press.
Then, along a 126 km route, more than a million people gather to follow Lady Diana's final journey, throwing flowers at the passage of the hearse until they completely covered the roof.
A whole people won over by the thrill of what this week will have caused, describes correspondent Céline Galipeau in a second report. All united in the same pain in which all kinds of feelings are mixed.
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