On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz S280, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Fayed, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.
Diana’s death caused a substantial outpouring of worldwide grief, including numerous floral tributes and her funeral on 6 September was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people. The Royal Family were criticised in the press for their reaction to the death, though they were simply following established protocol. Public interest in Diana has remained high, and she has retained regular press coverage.