This Week in History
31 August 1997
Princess Diana Dies After A Car Crash
Princess Diana dies shortly after a high-speed car accident in Paris, France.
In 1997, Princess Diana, who was the former wife of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son Prince Charles, died as a result of serious injuries that she suffered during a car accident in Paris, France. Also killed were her friend Dodi Al-Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, while her bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived the accident despite also suffering serious injuries. Princess Diana's death caused shock and widespread mourning, not only in Great Britain, but also among millions of people around the world.
monarch (noun): royal leader (king, queen)
bodyguard (noun): a person who stays close to, guards and protects another person
shock (noun): feeling of disbelief and surprise after something unexpected happens
mourning (noun): expression of sadness and grief following a person's death
Test your understanding:
At the time of her death, Princess Diana was Queen Elizabeth II's
News of Princess Diana's sudden death caused
If someone is in mourning, they are feeling sadness and grief because somebody important to them