FRANCE/UK: PRINCE CHARLES BRINGS DIANA'S BODY HOME FROM PARIS - 1997
(1 Sep 1997) Natural Sound
The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles came to Paris on Sunday to collect the body of his former wife, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Together with Diana's two sisters, a sombre-looking Prince Charles arrived at the hospital where Princess Diana died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
They were greeted by French President Jacques Chirac and his wife, Bernadette.
The grim-faced prince then escorted the flag-draped coffin back to a Royal Air Force base outside London, just 16 hours after Princess Diana was tragically killed in a Paris car crash. The Prince later travelled to Balmoral to be with his children.
Prince Charles flew to Paris on Sunday to collect the body of his former wife Princess Diana who was killed in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was greeted warmly by the French President Jacques Chirac and his wife, Bernadette.
The funeral cortege passed along the streets of Paris, lined with well wishers. Prince Charles and Diana's two sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, escorted the coffin back to England.
Prominent public figures, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, were at the Royal Air Force air base at Northolt for a sombre ceremony marking the nation's tragic loss.
Diana died from injuries suffered when her Mercedes limousine, pursued by paparazzi photographers, crashed in a Paris traffic tunnel.
The accident also claimed the lives of the 36-year-old princess's boyfriend, millionaire film producer Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur.
The couple's bodyguard survived the crash. He is in hospital and doctors say his injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.
Seven photographers were detained immediately after the crash, which occurred in a tunnel at the Pont de l'Alma, just north of the Eiffel Tower.
They were placed in formal custody on Sunday afternoon.
The accident investigation will be handled by a special unit more used to dealing with high priority terrorism cases.
After the jet bearing Princess Diana's body landed under grey skies at the Northolt air base, a Royal Air Force honor guard carried the coffin, draped in the multicoloured Royal Standard, to a waiting hearse.
Following the ceremony by members of the Queen's Colour Squadron at the airforce base, Princess Diana's grieving sisters accompanied her coffin back to London and to a private mortuary. Her body was subsequently moved to the chapel in St James's Palace.
Prince Charles reboarded the plane following the ceremony and flew on to Aberdeen. He then drove to the family home at Balmoral, to comfort his two grieving sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
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