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Princess Diana: The day the 'people's princess' was flown to RAF Northolt following death in Paris car crash

Remembering 20 years since the death of Princess Diana

This month marks 20 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

The tragic incident shocked the nation when the news broke on August 31 1997, with many devastated at the loss of the "people's princess" .

Her death marked one of the biggest moments in the 100-year-old history of RAF Northolt in west London.

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The body of Princess Diana was flown into the airbase after she died in hospital at 4am on August 31.

The crash happened in Pont de l'Alma while the car was pursued by paparazzi photographers.

Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed – son of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed – and Henri Paul all died in the crash.

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On the evening of August 31, Diana's coffin landed at the base near Ruislip accompanied by her ex-husband Prince Charles , while Prime Minister Tony Blair looked on.

Draped in the Royal Standard, her body was carried in a slow march across the tarmac of RAF Northolt before being placed in a hearse.

The death sparked a huge outpouring of grief across the country, with mourners gathering at Kensington Palace to remember the "Queen of people's hearts".

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Earlier this year it was announced that a statue of Princess Diana has been commissioned by her sons to mark the 20th anniversary of her death so she is "never forgotten".

The memorial will go up in a public spot of Kensington Palace Gardens , with the aim of visitors being able to pay their respects to the "people's princess".

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Princes William and Harry said it will be unveiled by the end of the year and will be visible from their residence.

William and Harry said at the time of the announcement: "It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.

"Our mother touched so many lives.

"We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy."

Both brothers will work alongside a newly appointed committee, which includes Diana's sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, to raise funds for the statue.

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