It was another layer of poignancy to the death of Princess Diana that she should have lost her life in another country.
Because the Princess of Wales was an avid traveller, obviously in her official capacity, but as a wide-eyed adventurer.
The images of the royal on Dodi Fayed’s yacht off the French Riviera are reminders of that late summer of 1997, her last.
Our own summer holidays with The Son and Heir had been planned for Bulgaria for that first week in September.
In truth, I was glad to get away from the mass hysteria and national meltdown following her death.
I, of course, never knew the woman or met her. But the Irrepressible Miss F did have cause to take her picture and that of the other royals.
It was part of her job as a photo-journalist and with us working in the Royal County of Berkshire they were on our doorstep.
And so it wasn’t an atypical day for Sarah to find herself photographing the Queen or Prince Philip while I might be covering the courts, council or a fete opening.
But she always approached these jobs with respect, the ways of the paparazzi were not then nor ever have been her modus operandi.
And she proved that she could capture the royals at their most relaxed and respect distances at the same time.
Of course these pictures taken from our scrapbook can never do justice to the real prints, but then that’s a hard screen and a blog for you.
Just a big kid
The pictures, of course that Diana most enjoyed were when she was with her beloved boys, Prince William and Harry.
Disney was a particular favourite and I dare say she would have loved what they are doing with Star Wars now https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/stair-wars-3/.
Diana was pure Hollywood and they loved her and were she alive today I could imagine that she might have had a second home out there.
And perhaps a second husband.
Rest in peace
Often compared with Marilyn, not least through Elton John’s Candle in the Wind I’m thinking now of their similarities too.
I saw the impact such iconoclastic figures have when I visited Marilyn’s last resting place http://My Weekend With Marilyn.
Of course Diana’s is on her family’s estate which gives her in death the peace she latterly could not find in life.