Princess Diana’s death in pictures: How the night of the car crash unfolded in Paris
Princess Diana’s death 20 years ago left a hole in the heart of the British public. Here is a look at the timeline of events that led to her tragic car crash in Paris.
Diana, Princess of Wales, suffered fatal injuries in a car crash at around 12.22am on Sunday August 31 1997 in the Alma underpass near the Seine river.
Princess Diana was in the car with her partner Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. He and the driver Henri Paul also died in the crash.
The only person to survive the terrible crash was her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who had a traumatic head injury and was left scarred for life.
After Diana was pulled from the wreckage, she went into cardiac arrest at 2.10am. Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital staff pronounced her death at 4am.
Here is a timeline of how the fatal car crash unfolded.
August 30 1997
Princess Diana and Mr Fayed arrived in Paris on Saturday August 30, after flying in on private jet from a brief holiday in the French and Italian Riviera.
The couple planned to stay the night before travelling to London the following day. They were staying at the five star Hôtel Ritz Paris, which was owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed.
4.35pm: Time-stamped CCTV footage caught the Princess and her partner walking through the hotel’s lobby toward the lifts.
Security cameras in the lift also captured the couple as the made their way Room 102 of the Imperial Suite.
6.54pm: After spending some time in the hotel, the couple decided to visit Mr Fayed’s private apartment near the Arc de Triomphe.
August 31 1997
00.10pm: Princess Diana and her entourage were caught on CCTV footage in one of the lifts as they made their way to the back of the hotel.
Mr Fayed embraced the Princess around the waist as they stood in the lobby and prepared to make a dash for the black Mercedes.
00.20pm: Princess Diana sat on the right-rear passenger seat with Mr Fayed next to her. The vehicle left the hotel and headed towards Place de la Concorde opposite the Louvre museum.
00.25pm: The Mercedes crashed into the 13th pillar of the Alma tunnel and crumpled during the catastrophic collision.
The first photographer to arrive on the scene was Romuald Rat. Frédéric Mailliez was the first doctor to give Diana first aid and called the emergency services.
00.28am: Two police officers arrived at the scene and began cordoning it off from the gathering group of paparazzi. Eight of them were arrested and taken for questioning.
Aftermath of Princess Diana’s car crash in 1997
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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