- 10000-15000 tonne(s)/metric ton(s)
Between 1 and 8 September 1997 an estimated 10,000-15,000 tonnes of flowers were laid in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97), at Kensington Palace, St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace, London, UK. The tonnage above is the figure given by the authorities who were in charge of removing the flowers at the end of the mourning period. Newspaper estimates of 5 million bouquets cannot be confirmed. The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales occurred on August 31, 1997 following a car accident in Paris, France. On September 6, 1997, the world came to a standstill for her funeral. Princess Diana's death provoked an extraordinary global outpouring of grief. From London to New York to Tokyo, hundreds of thousands logged on to the net or lined up in churches to sign condolence books in memory of the "People's Princess." Knee-deep, floral tributes covered the gates of Kensington Palace as more than 1 million people filled the streets of London while yet another 2.5 billion across the world watched the funeral via live television. Princess Diana is credited for adding a breath of fresh air and an edge of glamour to the House of Windsor. Diana used her immense popularity to focus attention on the world's disadvantaged. During her life, the Princess was president or patron of over 100 charities, becoming an especially avid crusader for victims of homelessness, HIV, and landmines.