If Diana was the people's Princess, this is most definitely the people's funeral. Across the country shops will shut, trains will stop, soccer matches and horse races will be cancelled and a two-minute silence will be observed. Westminster Abbey's program combines "traditional and modern elements" — that means Elton as well as Elgar. Even the Palace has been infected by the need to accomodate an overwhelming grief: the Lord Chamberlain's office is manning a media-friendly "Command Center", connected to over 20 million phone lines.
And when it is all over, Diana will be laid to rest on a small island within the Spencer family estate itself — allowing her sons to visit her in private, and giving her a peace she rarely knew in life.