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Kensington Palace braces for new deluge of Princess Diana tributes

Flowers, cards, candles and banners have already begun to flood the palace gates.

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
As we edge ever closer the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, coming up at the end of August, a deluge of tributes have already begun to flood her former home Kensington Palace in central London.
The Telegraph reports the palace’s “robust” security staff have been briefed to point well-wishers in the direction of ‘The Golden Gates,’ to the south of the palace, which will act as the focal point for those wishing to lay personal tributes.
Of course, it’s the same spot in which a sea of flowers spontaneously formed after her death on August 31, 1997.
A large banner is perhaps the most noticeable tribute to have popped up at the iconic site. It shows pictures of the ‘People’s Princess,’ as she lovingly became known, throughout her incredible life.
Another tribute, a card attached to a bouquet of flowers, signed by royal fans Lynda and Victoria, acknowledges the efforts of Princes William and Harry in continuing their late mother’s incredible legacy.
"You were a beautiful person inside and out and our country was so very lucky to have you as our Princess,” the note begins. “Thankfully your two boys are so like you in so many ways. You would be so very proud of the fine young men that they have become. You are still loved and missed as much today as you were 20 years ago.”
It concludes: “You will never be forgotten no matter what. You will forever be our Queen of Hearts."
Tributes remembering Princess Diana have begun to flood 'The Golden Gates' of Kensington Palace.
A sea of flowers spontaneously formed at the palace after her death on August 31, 1997.
Well-wishers have left candles, banners, flowers and cards to the 'People's Princess.'
The palace’s “robust” security staff are on hand to point those wishing to pay their respects in the right direction.
Prince William was just 15 and his brother, Prince Harry, only 12, when their beloved mother died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. She was just 36.
The royal siblings recently spoke publicly – and in depth – about the days that followed the death of their beloved mother in BBC1's new documentary, Diana, 7 Days.
In the 90-minute feature, William, explains that he and his younger brother felt compelled to “stand up” and protect their mother by sharing their words -- something they weren’t able to do at the time of her tragic passing.
"Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is because we feel we owe it to her," William said. "I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger. We couldn't protect her. We feel we at least owe her 20 years on to stand up for her name and remind everybody of the character and person that she was.”
He added: “Do our duties as sons in protecting her."
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According to the film’s director, Henry Singer, it’s likely to be the last time the royal brothers broach the distressing subject of their mother’s death.
"I think the Princes hope they have answered these questions once and for all," Singer, the award-winning filmmaker behind the Twin Towers documentary The Falling Man, recently told Radio Times. "And they don't need to be asked them anymore, and that people can refer back to this film and our words within it if they have questions. That this is their first, and final word on it."
The film, which also features a selection of interviews with those who were at the 'eye of the storm' in the days following the princess' death, aired in the UK on Sunday, 27 August.

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