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Flag flies at half mast at Diana’s ancestral home on the 25th anniversary of her death

The flag at the ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales was lowered to half mast on August 31st 2022, the 25th anniversary of her death.

Exactly a quarter of a century after Diana died, following a car crash in Paris, the flag at Althorp House, Northamptonshire was lowered.

Diana is buried on an island in the Oval Lake at Althorp. The estate has been the ancestral home of the Spencer family since the 16th century.

Diana lived there before her marriage to the Prince of Wales with her father, the 8th Earl Spencer, and her siblings, Lady Jane, Lady Sarah and Charles who would go on to succeed his father as 9th Earl Spencer in 1992.

It was Charles, Earl Spencer who shared details of the tribute to his sister on the anniversary of her death.

Diana, Princess of Wales died on August 31st 1997 of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont d’Alma tunnel in Paris. She was being driven at high speed by Henri Paul, a chauffeur for her partner, Dodi Fayed. Both men were killed in the crash. A bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was also in the car but survived.

Diana’s funeral took place on September 6th 2022 at Westminster Abbey with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, walking behind her coffin on its way to the memorial. The funeral was followed by a private burial at Althorp.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.