A sign of respect the Queen did at Diana's funeral that the public probably missed

Pedro Marrero
Jun 26, 2018
06:56 A.M.

Seven days after Diana’s tragic death, the late Princess was honored with a public funeral and Queen Elizabeth II made an unprecedented gesture to show her respect for her.


What was considered response of Queen Elizabeth II after Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, caused a big backlash. Her opinion was that the event had to be treated in a private way.

After all, Diana was no an official member of the Royal Family anymore, was the Queen’s reasoning. But as Pop Sugar reported, the monarch faced pressure from Prince Charles and then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to change her mind.

With these influential personalities advocating for the crown to pay ‘The People’s Princess’ the homage she deserved, the Queen agreed to give her former daughter-in-law a public funeral to let the British say their final goodbyes.

On September 6, 1997, three million people crowded the streets of London to pay their respects to the late Princess as her coffin was moved from Kensington Palace to her final resting home at the Spencer family home in Althorp.

Image source: Getty Images

Image source: Getty Images


In addition to that, an estimated 2.5 billion people watched the unprecedented event in television. After her initial reluctance, the Queen took this opportunity to show her people that she did care.

At the passage of Diana's coffin, accompanied by eight Welsh Guards, in front of Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II bowed her head to salute the procession. It might seem like a small gesture, but it was something extremely rare to see.

The Queen is not required to bow or curtsy to others, as it is rule for others to do in front of her.

According to a number of experts, this small detail was key to the reconciliation of many English citizens with their Crown after that initial cold response to the death of ‘Lady Di’. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

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