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Princes remember Diana 7 years on

'Private' day for William and Harry


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LONDON, England -- Princes William and Harry are remembering their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in private on the seventh anniversary of her death.

A small collection of floral tributes was to be seen Tuesday outside Diana's former home Kensington Palace -- but nothing like the "flower mountain" of tens of thousands of bouquets that became the focus of Britain's grief in 1997.

In the aftermath of the princess's death in the Paris car crash that also killed her lover Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul, thousands gathered at the palace in mourning, leaving a sea of floral tributes in her memory.

A Clarence House spokeswoman told CNN: "William and Harry will be spending the day privately."

Their father, the heir to the British throne Prince Charles, was at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland Tuesday.

There were no plans for any commemorative ceremonies at the beleaguered Hyde Park Diana memorial fountain that has been hit by drainage and safety problems since it opened last month.

Royal Parks spokesman Theo Moore told the Press Association: "We will have an area set aside if people want to put their flowers there. The park manager will decide where.

"I think that most people will leave them at Kensington Palace. That's the tradition."

A spokeswoman for Historic Royal Palaces said of Diana's former home: "A handful of bouquets and posies are there already but it's not as many as last year.

"Kensington Palace has noticed that it's getting fewer and fewer every year," she told PA.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is publishing a book about the princess' life to mark the anniversary.

In the wake of scandal and rumors surrounding the princess's life, the charity is hoping the publication will refocus the public's attention on her image as a "humanitarian" rather than on speculation about her private life.

An inquest into Diana's death began this year but was adjourned while the Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir John Stevens carried out an investigation into the accident that sparked endless conspiracy theories.

Diana, Dodi and their chauffeur Henri Paul died after leaving the Paris Ritz Hotel when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont d'Alma tunnel on August 31, 1997. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was the only survivor.


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