Prince George and Princess Charlotte may have had curious questions as they visited the grave of their late grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 56th birthday.
The young royals joined their parents and uncle Harry in a private service on Saturday to rededicate Diana’s grave at Althorp House in Northamptonshire. Prayers and reflections were led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The service was joined by members of the Spencer family.
Rededication services are not very common in the Church of England when there is no great alteration to the grave, but it is understood that Prince William and Prince Harry felt it was important that George, 4, and Charlotte, 2, paid their tribute away from the press ahead of what is expected to be an emotional summer.
The emotional occasion comes as the country prepares to remember the ‘Queen of Hearts’ on the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August. Special documentaries featuring her sons and other members of Diana’s family will be aired to celebrate the life and legacy of the iconic figure.
It was decided that Diana’s body would be laid to rest on a small island in the middle of the ornamental Round Oval lake because the water would act as a ”buffer against the interventions of the insane and ghoulish.” She couldn’t be buried at a royal site because she lost her royal title following her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
Plans are also underway to erect a statue of her outside Kensington Palace, where she spent several years of her life as Princess of Wales. Other tributes celebrating her include a special exhibition of her dresses and a White Garden created in her name.
Diana’s brother, Charles, said in a new documentary that the Princess was a special person.
‘’One of the reasons I want to talk now is because I think after 20 years someone shifts from being a contemporary person to one of history,’’ Earl Spencer said.
‘’And Diana deserves a place in history. And I think it’s important for people under 35 who probably won’t remember her at all to remember that this was a special person and not just a beautiful one.’’
William and Harry have been candid in recalling the emotional distress they had gone through after the tragic death. William, who was 15 when his mother died, described walking behind her casket at the funeral as the “one of the hardest things I have ever done.”