Diana died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. The monarch paid tribute to the princess with a speech, saying she “was an exceptional and gifted human being.”
“She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness,” the Queen said in a televised speech at Buckingham Palace on September 5, 1997.
“I admired and respected her — for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys. This week at Balmoral, we have all been trying to help William and Harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest of us have suffered,” she added.