How Princess Diana's Family Is Honoring Her Legacy 24 Years After Her Death

Tuesday, Aug. 31 marks the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death. See how family and fans alike paid tribute to her memory more than two decades later.

By Samantha Schnurr Aug 31, 2021 3:56 PMTags

More than two decades later, Princess Diana's death remains far from a distant memory. 

It was Aug. 31, 1997 when a fatal car crash in Paris cut the Princess of Wales' life tragically short. The 36-year-old royal's memory has lived on through her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, in popular culture and in the hearts of many around the world, who have paid tribute to her on the anniversary of her death. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, her younger brother Earl Charles Spencer shared a photo of the family's flag being flown at half-staff at Althorp House, the Spencer family estate and Diana's burial site, in her honor. The house's official Twitter account also featured a photo of a road lined with oak trees. "In 1998-1999 Earl Spencer arranged for the planting of a new avenue of oak trees in memory of his sister, Diana, Princess of Wales," the tweet read. "There are 36 of these oaks, one for each year of her life."

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Donatella Versace also marked the anniversary with a touching Instagram post celebrating Diana, who was famously a fan of the fashion brand. Diana and Gianni Versace died a month apart. "Today marks 24 years since we lost the inspirational Diana, Princess of Wales," Donatella wrote. "Her compassion and philanthropic work is still a great example for us all."

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Her story continues to grip Hollywood, spurring biopics including Pablo Larraín's upcoming Spencer, story lines in Netflix's The Crown and a new Broadway musical, Diana, set to take the stage on Nov. 2. 

Outside Kensington Palace, adoration for Diana was on full display as fans covered the gate with pictures and mementos in tribute to her powerful, lasting memory. As the Versace mogul concluded her Instagram post, "HRH The Princess of Wales, you'll never be forgotten."

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