Aftermath of Princess Diana’s car crash in 1997 Here is a look at the timeline of events that led to her tragic car crash in Paris

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Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were spending the night of August 31 in Paris Photo (C) PA
Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were spending the night of August 31 in Paris Photo (C) PA

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.

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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.

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were spending the night of August 31 in Paris Photo (C) PA
Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were spending the night of August 31 in Paris Photo (C) PA
 
6.59pm: CCTV footage caught the couple leaving the hotel through a back exit in a bid to avoid paparazzi cameras.By this time, their arrival in Paris caught the attention of the press and their moves were being followed by photographers.Minutes later, Mr Paul left for the day but asked to be informed if the couple returned to the hotel later in the evening.9.51pm: Princess Diana and Mr Fayed returned to the hotel for a romantic dinner, but their evening was ruined by the presence of paparazzi.Just 10 minutes into their meal, a Princess Diana and Mr Fayed left the restaurant to finish their dinner in their suite.

CCTV footage in the Ritz Hotel in Paris captured Diana's final hours Photo (C) PA
CCTV footage in the Ritz Hotel in Paris captured Diana’s final hours Photo (C) PA
 
10.01pm: Mr Paul returned to the hotel and spent time in the bar with Mr Rees-Jones and bodyguard Kez Wingfield.11pm: While waiting for the couple, Mr Paul was spotted outside the hotel addressing the gathered paparazzi.11.37pm: Both Princess Diana and her boyfriend agreed to return to his apartment for the night.The couple had travelled in a Range Rover and Mercedes during the day. But they but decided to leave the hotel in an unmarked vehicle to escape the photographers camped outside.Princess Diana Crash 1997 – First BBC News Report

 

Princess Diana and Mr Fayed left the hotel through the back door to avoid paparazzi Photo (C) PA
Princess Diana and Mr Fayed left the hotel through the back door to avoid paparazzi Photo (C) PA

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.

 

Princess Diana tried to get away in an unmarked Mercedes Photo (C) PA
Princess Diana tried to get away in an unmarked Mercedes Photo (C) PA
00.32am: Emergency crews and an ambulance arrived but it took nearly an hour for Princess Diana to be taken to hospital.1.30am: Mr Fayed is pronounced dead.1.55am: Princess Diana’s ambulance made a stop to administer a shot of adrenaline.2.06am: The ambulance arrives at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital where Princess Diana underwent a two-hour long open heart surgery.

Aftermath of Princess Diana’s car crash in 1997

Princess Diana was pronounced dead at 4am after suffering a cardiac arrest Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Diana was pronounced dead at 4am after suffering a cardiac arrest Photo (C) GETTY

 

4am: Princess Diana is pronounced dead.An autopsy on Mr Paul’s body was carried out later in the day. Tests revealed that the driver had been three-times over the French legal drinking limit.A 2008 inquest at the the Royal Courts of Justice ruled that both Princess Diana and Mr Fayed were unlawfully killed.The death was blamed on the “gross negligence” of the driver and the paparazzi who hounded their car through the streets of Paris.The inquest also found that the couple would have stood a chance of surviving if they had worn their seatbelt.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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