Public Reactions to Princess Diana's Death Go Viral on TikTok 25 Years On

A collection of video clips showing the British public mourning the death of Princess Diana has gone viral on social media.

The video, uploaded to TikTok by user muhammaddaffa5430, has been viewed over half a million times and has gained more than 100,000 likes since it was posted.

The clips went viral as the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana is marked on Wednesday. The princess died as a result of injuries sustained in a high-speed car crash while traveling through Paris with boyfriend Dodi Fayed in the early hours of August 31, 1997.

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The clips included in the viral video show members of the public in the immediate aftermath of Diana's death, a period of time that rocked Britain and the world marking an important time for the continuation of the British monarchy.

A number of scenes included in the video show mourners openly crying in the streets of London as well as floral tributes left outside the royal's home of fifteen years, Kensington Palace.

Floral tributes played a significant part in the public showing of respect for the princess. As well as large amounts being laid outside Kensington Palace there were also tributes left at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle and Diana's childhood home, Althorp House.

Princess Diana Death Reaction From British Public
Princess Diana (inset) photographed in Washington, June 17, 1997. And members of the public photographed during the princess' funeral, September 6, 1997. A video showing the public reaction to the death of Princess Diana has gone viral on TikTok. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images/STR/AFP via Getty Images

The viral video has been praised online with commenters voicing their own tributes to the princess 25 years on.

"People's love for the princess will never fade," reads the video caption.

"Rest in love beautiful soul," posted one user, with another adding: "Rest in peace princess."

Another series of clips used in the video show events from the day of Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.

Following the car crash and subsequent death of the princess in Paris, her body was flown back to Britain in one of Queen Elizabeth II's private planes with Prince Charles serving as an escort.

Diana's body lay at the chapel royal in St James's Palace until the evening of September 5. She was then taken to her apartment at Kensington Palace, where the funeral cortege departed the following day.

The funeral was watched by a global audience estimated to have been around 2.5 billion and featured a special performance by the royal's close friend, Elton John, who re-wrote the lyrics to his famous song "Candle in the Wind" in her honor.

As Diana's coffin passed Buckingham Palace on the way to Westminster Abbey members of the royal family, including the Queen, stood outside the palace gates dressed in black. When the procession reached the Queen she surprised onlookers by bowing her head deeply to the princess as a mark of respect, which was followed by other members of the family.

Also included in the video are scenes showing the final journey that Diana's coffin made from London to her family home in the Northamptonshire countryside, Althorp. It is here that the princess is buried on an island in an ornamental lake.

On the journey from the abbey to Althorp members of the public lined the entire route and cars parked on the side of the highway as the coffin passed with the hearse having to stop at intervals to remove the flowers being thrown at it from the windshield.

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Princess Diana's coffin photographed at Westminster Abbey, September 6, 1997. The princess was taken from the abbey to her family home, Althorp House where she was buried. Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Some 25 years after her death at the age of 36, Diana remains a hugely popular global figure. She topped a list of most favorably viewed British royals in the U.S. in a recent poll by YouGov America.

The video comes as the latest in a wave of Diana-related content uploaded to TikTok over the past year sees her legacy grow and be engaged with large numbers of users who were born after her death.

Statista data for 2021 showed that 47.4 percent of the app's 48 million users were under the age of 30, with 25 percent aged between 10 and 19.

Though there are no formal plans for members of the royal family to mark the 25th anniversary of Diana's death, both of her sons, William and Harry, have paid tribute to their mother throughout the year.

Most recently at a polo event in Aspen, Colorado on August 25, Harry said he wanted the day to be full of "memories."

"Next week is the 25th anniversary of my mother's death, and she most certainly will never be forgotten," he said. "I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it. I want it to be a day to share the spirit of my mum with my family, with my children, who I wish could have met her."

Diana's own family, the Spencers, have paid tribute to the princess by flying a flag at half mast over Althorp House.

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