Keeping Diana's Memory Alive: Every 'People's Princess' Memorial You Can Visit
DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN
Perhaps the best known of Diana's memorials is the Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Fountain: A long, winding fountain in Kensington Gardens, near Diana's longtime home, Kensington Palace. The sprawling design is meant to represent Diana's life, according to the Royal Parks organization, with the water starting its flow at the highest points of the fountain, and settling at a lower point in the middle where it meets. The fountain was opened by the Queen in July 2004.
PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND
Diana's second Kensington Gardens-located memorial is a fitting tribute to a woman who loved working with children. The playground, located next door to Kensington Palace, features a pirate ship, teepees, carved trees, and a number of other spots for visiting children to play in. It's such a popular spot that on busy days, there's a line to get in. Even sweeter? Diana's grandson, Prince George and his mum Princess Kate have been spotted at the playground, too.
PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL WALK
If you've strolled through London's famed parks, you've seen the nearly omnipresent "Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk" markers that line the paths in St. James's Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens. The plaque-lined path takes visitors past several homes that played a role in Diana's cut-short life: Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St. James's Palace, and Spencer House. Both the walk and the playground were officially opened in 2000, just before what would have been Diana's 39th birthday.
In the car with Diana on August 31 in Paris was her then-boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed, whose family owned the legendary London department store, Harrods. After the death of both Diana and his son, then-Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed erected two memorials to the couple within Harrods's walls. One is a smaller-scale display featuring candles and photographs of both Diana and Dodi. The other is a larger statue, featuring Dodi and Diana dancing hand-in-hand, with the words "Innocent Victims" engraved beneath. Both are situated near the store's iconic escalators.
While not an official memorial for Diana, her primary royal residence still continues to attract fans of the People's Princess from around the world. In the years since her death, some of Diana's iconic dresses have been on display for tourists at the Palace. Today, visitors can tour select rooms, as well as keeping their eyes out for Prince William, Kate and their kids – the family of four occupies an apartment in the Palace while they're in London, too.
Diana's final resting place is a ways outside of London, at her childhood home of Althorp, where her brother Charles, Earl Spencer, currently lives with his family. On an island in the middle of the Round Oval lake on the house's grounds, Diana is buried in a small – but impressive – temple with her name engraved on the top. Up until 2013, there was also an exhibit, "Diana: A Celebration", filled with her personal effects and clothing, including her wedding dress. After the exhibition closed, the items were transferred to Prince William and Prince Harry.
PONT DE L'ALMA
Although not a memorial in any official capacity, this Paris bridge – where the crash that ultimately took Diana's life occurred – has become a symbol of Diana. Especially in the weeks following her death, the walls of the bridge were covered in flowers and tributes to the late Princess. The tributes have dwindled, but the Pont de l'Alma still serves as a reminder of Diana in the French capital.
LE CLOS DES BLANC-MANTEAUX
In Paris, a less morbid site that pays tribute to Diana is the Clos des Blancs Manteaux, a small garden in Paris's famed Marais district. Unlike the Pont de l'Alma, this flower and vegetable garden is Paris's official memorial to the late Princess of Wales.
The most recent addition to the collection of Diana memorials is located in Vienna, Austria, and is the only homage to Diana in a German-speaking country. Unveiled in September 2013, a bust and plaque honor the late Princess of Wales. Ewald Wurzinger, head of the memorial project, said that he felt a desire to give Diana, "a present" following her death, according to the BBC.