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Princess Diana
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A Royal Farewell
The waves of grief unleashed by the death of Princess Diana needed an appropriate outlet, so a full day of mourning was planned around the Sept. 6, 1997, service at Westminster Abbey in London. The day began with a 4-mile funeral cortege leaving from Kensington Palace. Her coffin passed by more than 1 million people, who had lined up along the route to pay their final respects to the Princess of Wales. Nearly 2,000 guests were present at the service, while an estimated 2.5 billion watched on television. Elton John performed a rewritten version of "Candle in the Wind," and for the first time in history, the Union Jack was flown at half-mast above Buckingham Palace.

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