The Death of Princess Diana: August 31st 1997

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess Of Wales was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the death of her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris. Millions of people watched the princess’ funeral.

Normal television schedules were abandoned to provide coverage of the latest developments throughout the day.

With thanks to Anthony Chara and Greg Scott for the use of the images on this page.

Initial coverage of the news was broadcast on BBC World, which was simulcast by BBC One in lieu of closedown, before a special bulletin with Martin Lewis across the BBC network from 6am.


Coverage was presented by Dermot Murnaghan, with Nicholas Owen providing analysis in the studio

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