Next week, ‘the most famous woman in the world’ would have turned 60.
For a landmark sequence and podcast that re-examines Diana’s final days, the Mail has spoken to a bunch of essential eyewitnesses and members of her internal circle, many of whom haven’t spoken earlier than.
Yesterday, utilizing their testimonies, we reconstructed the evening of the crash in Paris and the futile battle to avoid wasting Diana. Today, we inform the story of the shattering aftermath.
Paris: 7.06am native time, Sunday, August 31, 1997
Sunrise on the final day of the French summer time vacation season. But that is no strange daybreak. Overnight, the City of Light has turn out to be a strong, dystopian vortex, irresistibly drawing the consideration of the world and compelling the sombre presence of senior figures of state on either side of the Channel.
French President Jacques Chirac is on the transfer, having cleared his schedule for the day. His prime minister, Lionel Jospin, is hurrying again to the capital after abandoning the Socialist Party’s summer time convention in the Atlantic resort of La Rochelle.
At Balmoral Castle, 800 miles to the north, the Prince of Wales is getting ready to fly from Aberdeen to Paris on a rapidly organized plane of the Royal Flight. His two former sisters-in-law may even be aboard.
This vortex has its axis in a first-floor room with blue partitions and huge, uncurtained home windows, located on a hall near the emergency division of the large and historic Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in the thirteenth arrondissement.
Iconic: Diana, the Princess of Wales (pictured visiting the Royal Brompton Hospital in London), was beloved worldwide
The room is giant sufficient to carry three beds. Today, it has just one. But this mattress incorporates the physique of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Three hours and 6 minutes have handed since she was declared lifeless in a single of the hospital’s basement working theatres after a hopeless battle to avoid wasting her from the catastrophic inside rupture she suffered in a high-speed automobile crash subsequent to the Seine, just a little after midnight.
The westbound carriageway of the tunnel below the Pont de l’Alma bridge continues to be closed to site visitors and can keep so for 3 hours but. The marks on the thirteenth pillar of the central reservation will stay there far longer.
This is the spot the place the black Mercedes S280 carrying the Princess and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and pushed by Henri Paul, deputy safety supervisor of the Ritz Hotel, impacted the concrete at an estimated velocity of 65mph.
The crash killed Dodi and Paul and grievously injured Dodi’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who’s being handled elsewhere in the Pitié-Salpêtrière. The French inside minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement has been at the hospital for a number of hours. So, too, the British Ambassador Sir Michael Jay and the Consul-General Keith Moss.
Since Diana’s physique left the working theatre, a vigil has been saved over it by Catholic priest Father Yves-Marie Clochard-Bossuet, the obligation chaplain who on being summoned from his mattress by cellphone to take care of ‘Princess Diana’ at first thought he was the sufferer of a drunken prank. Dawn confirms the sober actuality of a world that has been stood on its head.
Frederic Mailliez, the off-duty physician first on the scene after the crash whereas driving dwelling from a pal’s celebration, is waking to search out that the ‘beautiful’ stranger to whom he had given first help will not be solely lifeless however the most well-known lady in the world. ‘I was astounded,’ he recollects to the Mail.
His shock is presumably not in contrast to that of the proprietor of a white Fiat Uno that bears the scars of collision injury. ‘Horrified’ and even ‘terrified’ is perhaps a extra appropriate description of what this Parisian felt when he additionally, belatedly, discovers who was in the crashed Mercedes in the Alma tunnel. He will then, allegedly, prepare for his automobile to be resprayed purple. Immediately.
Prince Charles and French President Jacques Chirac are seen at the Pitie Saltpetriere Hospital in Paris on August 31, 1997, the place Diana died following a automobile crash
London is one hour behind Paris. But the reverberations of what has occurred are being felt there too. Someone is hammering on the doorways and home windows of the Notting Hill flat belonging to Diana confidante and Daily Mail royal correspondent Richard Kay. He is the final individual Diana ever spoke to on her mobile phone, in a dialog the earlier night. Afterwards, he had dutifully obeyed her remaining instruction: to change off his telephones and get some sleep.
And so he has heard nothing of the tragedy. No one has been capable of attain him on this evening of nights. Not till the Mail’s chief reporter David Williams goes to Notting Hill. Eventually, Kay seems in his dressing robe.
‘What’s up?’ he asks.
‘I’ve received dangerous information,’ says Williams. ‘Let’s go in and activate the tv.’ When Kay switches on his cellular he’ll hear a sequence of more and more anguished messages left for him by means of the evening by Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler. He needed Kay to go with him to Paris to assist deliver Diana’s physique dwelling.
But it’s too late for that now. Burrell is already at Heathrow airport about to board the first aircraft to the French capital. He is accompanied by the Princess’s driver-minder Colin Tebbutt.
Tebbutt left college aged 15. He then served round the world in 45 Commando Royal Marines earlier than becoming a member of the police in 1969 and rising to the rank of detective inspector in royal safety. He retired in 1993 and was recruited by Diana three years later after she ditched her official police safety following her divorce as a result of she thought they had been spying on her for the Palace. It is probably going that this ‘paranoia’ was heightened by BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s fraudulent claims made to her by way of Diana’s brother, which secured his scoop 1995 interview with her.
‘There was no question of leaving Diana’s restoration to the Establishment, so far as we had been involved,’ he recollects to the Mail. ‘She had nothing to do with Buckingham Palace any more, or the Prince of Wales. She was our boss and we would look after her still. [Diana’s non-public secretary] Michael Gibbins stated to me that evening, “Colin, would you get yourself on the first plane to Paris?” And I stated, “Yes sir, no problem.” ’
‘Then he said, “Colin, switch on to being a policeman, a DI, again, and go out there and be my ears and eyes.” ’ They begin to make calls. ‘Nobody is thinking of ringing Diana’s workplace,’ Tebbutt says. ‘Everybody’s considering of Buckingham Palace.
‘Everyone’s being advised what’s occurring other than us. So we began to place issues collectively. First factor I did was to lock her dwelling. It’s an infinite house.
‘Everything [of value] of hers that was lying around I collected and put in the safe and locked it. We taped some doors too.
Scrum: Photographers at the hospital on August 31, 1997, following Princess Diana’s death
‘Then I handed the keys to Michael Gibbins. At that time my partner Liz, who’s now my spouse, was working in the VIP suite at Heathrow and he or she was making an attempt to get me on to the first flight out to Paris, which was already full, we had been advised. But she managed to e-book me two seats. And so me and Paul Burrell had been taken to the non-public facet of the airport and we had been capable of get on that aircraft with no fuss or interference.’
The flight leaves at 7.30am Paris time and it appears half of Fleet Street are on the aircraft too. ‘Paul was in a dreadful state,’ recollects Tebbutt. ‘I couldn’t get him out of it. He was in deep shock. On board I recognised a police officer from the Prince of Wales’s staff however [it was so full] he needed to sit up entrance on one of the crew leap seats. I used to be fairly sharp if anybody approached us.’
But they aren’t totally on their very own. Gibbins has contacted officers in Paris and Tebbutt and Burrell are picked up at the airport by British diplomatic employees and brought to the embassy. It is now round 8.45am, native time.
Tebbutt is nervous about how they are going to be obtained. ‘When we pulled up Sir Michael and Lady Jay came down to meet us and I said to Paul, “They’re anticipating authorities officers, not a driver-minder and a butler.” I used to be starting to fret what (the ambassador) was going to suppose or say: “Why have they sent you? What are you doing here?”’
‘But Sir Michael shook my hand and said, “Mr Tebbutt, thank you very much for coming. You are the first people we have met from the Princess’s facet. Would you come with me?” And Paul went off with Lady Jay to attempt to put some garments collectively [for Diana]. We didn’t take over something with us.’
Tebbutt was taken by the ambassador into a big workplace, ‘like a Cabinet room, full of French people in uniform and officials sitting around a table, and they all stood up when we walked in and he [the ambassador?] said to me, “Can you brief this assembly?” ’
Tebbutt is horror-stricken. He can not converse French and his concern at that second is solely to supply stationery and pens to make notes and take cellphone numbers. ‘Then, all of a sudden, a voice behind me says, “I’m awfully sorry I’m late, do excuse me,” and I flip and its Brigadier Charles Ritchie, the army attaché. When I used to be Princess Anne’s safety officer he was her equerry. So right here is somebody I do know effectively in the center of all this chaos, which was an enormous weight off my thoughts.
‘He stated to me, “Colin, what can I do for you?” So I stated, “If I brief you about what I’m hoping to do, could you address these gentlemen for me? And could I have a driver and policeman to take me to the places I need to go to?” And that was performed. I used to be given a automobile and an escort [in fact, the British Embassy’s press attaché rather than a French policeman].’ He and Burrell set off for the Ritz Hotel.
‘I’m considering on my toes now,’ Tebbutt says. ‘I’ve been up since simply after 1am and so much of issues have occurred since then. I’ve misplaced my boss and my job. I went to the Ritz subsequent to get the boss’s property again. You ought to by no means lose their baggage. I anticipated it to be there as a result of [I knew] she had been at the lodge that evening.
‘But when we arrived they [the senior staff] treated me with immense suspicion. Dodi had just died and there was a lot of shock and they didn’t know me from Adam. Paul and I sat there ready for some appreciable time. It was very awkward. They wouldn’t let me go wherever (in the lodge) or do something.
‘In the end, I had to ask the hotel office to phone the Fayed control room in London and tell them a password that I knew, which would prove I was who I said I was. And as soon as they did that and it came back OK they began to speak to me.’
Princess Diana with trusted driverminder Colin Tebbutt. Tebbutt and Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, had been picked up at the airport by British diplomatic employees and brought to the embassy
But solely to inform Tebbutt and Burrell that any of Diana’s property that had been in the lodge had already been taken away and was being flown again to London with Dodi’s physique. ‘I was very upset about that,’ recollects Tebbutt. ‘But there was nothing I could do. So I said to the driver, “To the hospital as fast as you can.” ’
Father Clochard-Bossuet has volunteered to work as obligation chaplain at the Pitié-Salpêtrière this weekend partly as a result of he had thought, ‘I will have nothing to do’. Now he finds himself having to work together with the nice and the good as they reply to a tragedy of international curiosity. Some are simpler to deal with than others. The French inside minister Chevènement, is ‘pushy’, he recollects to the Mail ‘[He behaved] like I was [trying] to take over. He was telling me to stay in my place.’
The President’s spouse is totally different. ‘Madame Chirac must have [first arrived] around 9-10am and stayed the longest,’ he says. ‘She prayed and asked me to pray with her in Diana’s room. She was the one who requested me, “Can you stay [with Diana] until a member of the Royal Family arrives?”
‘So I told her that, apart from the Mass I was supposed to celebrate in the hospital later that morning — not for Diana but because it was a Sunday, remember — I could. And that’s why I stood guard over Diana till the finish. At the request of Madame Chirac.’
11.45am: The priest is about to be joined in his vigil by Tebbutt and Burrell, who’ve with them a black, woollen cocktail costume and a pair of black footwear, chosen from the wardrobe of Lady Jay.
‘That journey was very strange,’ Tebbutt recollects. ‘The streets were busy but when we got to the hospital it was like a football match outside. Total chaos.’
They battle their means by means of and ‘were taken upstairs to a nursing office where he found Keith Moss [the British Consul-General) and the “wonderful” nursing sister from the French Caribbean [chief nurse Beatrice Humbert] who was in charge of Diana.
‘I told Mr Moss that I was a former inspector in the Royal Family’s safety and was now representing the Princess’s non-public secretary. Mr Moss stated, “I’ll take you to see the Princess.”
‘In the corridor there was a policeman and people were going in and out of a particular room and I’m asking myself, “What’s happening here?”
And I walked into that room and there’s a man bowing at the finish of a mattress. And folks [like that] had been simply strolling in to pay their respects. And, bang, there was the boss, in an strange mattress, lined by a sheet as much as her chin wanting like she was asleep.
‘She had a slight mark on the right of her face and her hair was a little dishevelled. It was a shocking moment. But I had to pull myself together and I said, “I don’t suppose folks ought to be coming out and in of her room. It ought to be saved completely clear. Could you inform me what is meant to be occurring [to her]?” ’
It is defined to Tebbutt that Leverton & Sons, of Camden, North London, the royal undertakers, might be arriving later this afternoon. ‘It wasn’t even lunchtime then. So I stated her room needed to be secured.’
Tebbutt additionally commandeers a room throughout the hall, which he’ll use as an workplace and communications centre. His considerations are shared by Ambassador Jay, who would later recall: “I agreed with the Royal Household staff we should try to keep those paying respects to a minimum but we should not offend against strongly held French traditions. I explained [to French officials] that paying last respects was not a strong British or Anglican tradition.’
But this isn’t the only question concerning Diana’s privacy and dignity. ‘I looked out of the windows and I could see people on nearby roofs,’ Tebbutt recalls. ‘I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think they knew exactly where we were because it was a big hospital, but they were trying to get photos and there weren’t any curtains in the windows.’
Once again, Diana is denied privacy and dignity, even now in death. As a result, the tragedy will be given a further, macabre, twist. ‘I immediately called for blankets and we put them up across the windows,’ recalls Tebbutt. ‘But it was a damn hot day. It was August and . . . extremely hot. And when we got the room covered [from view] of course it . . . became hotter [still].
Diana’s sister Jane leaves the hospital in Paris where the Princess of Wales died on August 31
‘I asked why the Princess was in this bed and not in the mortuary [as I had expected] where she would be secure in every way and I was told . . . the Palace has said she must not be touched or moved until Levertons arrive.’
Tebbutt asks for portable air-conditioning units to be moved into the room urgently.
‘So they brought them to me on tall stands. But when I plugged them in and turned them [to point at the bed] I thought, just for a second, that the Princess was still alive. Because her hair was moving and her eyelids too. And just for a fraction of a second my heart stopped and I had to turn away to the wall, and Paul did too.
‘We were both absolutely . . . we couldn’t talk. In that flash, [it looked like] my lady’s still alive. I pulled myself together. Of course she wasn’t alive, it was just the air pumping out of the fans. But that was the worst moment. Probably the worst moment of my life apart from my own mother and father dying.’
Tebbutt and Moss are constantly having to brief officials in London and Balmoral. Tebbutt is also taking calls on his mobile phone, including one from his son, who is checking his father is still alive.
The media is reporting that Diana’s driver has been killed in Paris. His son did not know that the dead driver is Henri Paul. His father has different concerns.
Tebbutt is growing increasingly worried about the preservation of his boss’s body. He recalls that he asked Consul-General Moss why the French undertakers hadn’t been allowed in. ‘Everyone else gets looked after in that way after they die, but not this lady . . .’
Moss is under orders and unbending, he recalls. ‘So I then rang Mr Gibbins and lobbied him for the hospital undertakers to be allowed to “tidy up” Diana. I’m considering, the Prince is coming, her household’s coming, I need the boss to be in good kind.’
He recollects that permission was lastly given ‘from Balmoral’. ‘There was a lady and a gentleman undertaker and Paul [also] went in to do her hair and they did a good job. It was the first time I’d drawn a breath since 1am.’
This will lead inadvertently to 1 of the most poisonous Diana conspiracy theories. While Tebbutt recollects that he anticipated solely a superficial arresting of the pure processes — a beauty makeover — the hospital undertakers determine to embalm the Princess.
Their judgment is accredited by the French authorities. The embalming course of duly takes place. Mohamed Al Fayed will later allege the process is completed to cover the indisputable fact that Diana was pregnant by his son.
A image of her two boys is positioned in her arms, with rosary beads from Mother Teresa… however one earring is lacking
Now, it’s late afternoon. The hall outdoors Diana’s room has been secured. Aside from the police guards, there’s a everlasting presence of simply Colin Tebbutt, the Consul-General, the nursing sister, Paul Burrell and the priest.
The priest, Father Yves-Marie Clochard-Bossuet, recollects that he may inform that butler Burrell was genuinely devastated by Diana’s death, in contrast to some of the ‘hypocritical’ officers who had paid their respects. ‘He felt the need to tell me how much she meant to him.’
But then ‘suddenly down the corridor comes this tall man and his wife and they just walked into Diana’s room with the policeman saluting,’ recollects Tebbutt.
‘I’m like, “What the hell’s happening now?” I went to name him again after I all of a sudden realised it was President and Mrs Chirac [again]. Mr Chirac bowed at the finish of the mattress and walked out. After that, we sat in the workplace and waited. They knew that the VIP occasion from Britain was shut.
Devoted: Diana, the Princess of Wales, with her two sons Prince Harry and William in 1995
‘I knew little about the Royal Family tree,’ recollects the priest to the Mail. ‘I knew Diana’s husband was known as Charles . . . I had no concept that the entire world can be speaking about this for years to come back.’ He is bemused by the deferential anticipation of his British companions. ‘The people of the embassy warned me an hour before he arrived that Charles was coming. We French and English are different. They were asking me if I felt OK, was I prepared in order to meet His Royal Highness [their attitude]? It was absolutely as if Christ Himself was about to descend [on us].’
First to reach are the royal undertakers’ occasion. ‘The coffin was carried shoulder-high by these four big guys accompanied by Mr Leverton himself, all in morning suits, marching down the corridor as if it were a military parade,’ recollects Tebbutt. ‘I told Mr Leverton that the French undertakers had been and hoped that everything was OK. And he went in and looked at her and came out and said: “Mr Tebbutt, they’ve performed a superb job, thanks,” which was an enormous reduction to me.’
Now Prince Charles arrives, accompanied by Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes. President Chirac is at the hospital entrance with a 12-strong guard of honour.
‘I had known [the Prince] since 1978. He said to me, “Colin, thank you very much for coming,” ’ says Tebbutt. ‘I explained to him what had been happening and he asked, “Are there any members of the clergy here?” I said there were and he replied, “I would like to go into the [Diana’s] room with the clergy and her sisters. Is that alright?” I stated, “By all means, Sir.” ’
An Anglican clergyman can also be available, finally. ‘He arrived five minutes before Charles,’ recollects Father Clochard-Bossuet. ‘A nice man named Martin Draper (the serving Anglican Archdeacon of France). And it was he who told Prince Charles, “This is the Catholic priest who has been watching over Diana for ten hours.”
‘And Prince Charles was very amiable, very simple, very nice. He thanked me and invited me to come and pray with them. And so there was a prayer, the Anglican prayer for the dead, with Prince Charles, the two sisters, maybe a nurse, and the two priests, me and the Anglican. There was no one else in the room.’
The prayers final 1 / 4 of an hour. The priest notices that Diana’s look has modified since he final noticed her. Diana has been ready and wearing Lady Jay’s outfit. ‘They had put on eye-shadow and make-up,’ he recollects. ‘She didn’t have the naturalness she had earlier than. She regarded like a doll, whereas earlier than she was only a very stunning lady.’ A image of Diana’s two sons, which was in her purse, has been positioned in her arms collectively with rosary beads given to her by Mother Teresa. She is carrying the jewelry that has been recovered from the Mercedes, though one earring is lacking. (It might be recovered from the wreckage.)
Afterwards, ‘Charles thanked me,’ recollects the priest. ‘He was very, very moved. Yes, I saw tears.’
‘But [when the royal party was praying in the room] someone from Charles’s entourage, a gentleman who I didn’t know, requested me, “How are you getting back then?” ’ Tebbutt recollects.
‘And I stated, “I haven’t given it a thought, Sir. I haven’t got a shilling in my pocket.” And he stated, “Well, you won’t be going on the royal plane, of course.” And I assumed that was just a little unusual. They’re taking up. But the boss is mine. She’s nonetheless mine. Are they going to shove me on [the Eurostar] or one thing? But then the Prince got here out and thanked me once more and stated, “You and Mr Burrell will be coming back with me on the plane.” ’
6.35pm: Draped in the Royal Standard and led by Archdeacon Draper, Diana’s coffin is carried to a darkish blue hearse. The royal cortège departs the hospital for Villacoublay army airfield, the place the coffin is transferred to an plane from the Royal Flight.
‘As we drove through the streets of Paris, everyone was applauding,’ Tebbutt recollects. ‘It was amazing. Very, very moving. When we got to the plane the two sisters decided they wanted to sit with Paul and me.’ The Prince and his employees sit in a unique compartment.
6.51pm BST: A TV viewers of 19 million watches the aircraft’s arrival at Northolt in West London. Six RAF pallbearers from the Queen’s Colour Squadron elevate Diana’s coffin on to their shoulders. Prime Minister Tony Blair is there to fulfill the royal occasion, alongside with the Lord Chamberlain and Diana’s non-public secretary Michael Gibbins.
Police outriders from the Special Escort Group now lead the hearse out on to the A40. Too late, Diana is getting the police safety she had disastrously rejected. As the hearse passes below bridges, bystanders drop flowers on to the highway. Back at Northolt, Prince Charles re-boards the RAF aircraft to return to Balmoral and his heartbroken sons.
The hearse continues on to Bagley’s Lane mortuary, in Fulham. There Diana’s physique is formally recognized by her sisters and a autopsy examination takes place. The royal physician additionally examines Tebbutt. The bodyguard is 57, bodily exhausted and mentally overwrought. His longest, most difficult obligation is at an finish.
But his consideration now turns to Diana’s sisters. ‘How were they to get home? Everyone else was a stranger, save for the royal doctor,’ he recollects. ‘We were still the household of the Princess of Wales. No one was going to help us. So I got my driver to take Sarah home to Lincolnshire that night.’
3am BST: Tebbutt is lastly capable of return to his mattress in Botany Bay, from which he was roused by a name from Balmoral in the early hours of the earlier morning. His day of days has lasted 26 hours.
Monday & Tuesday September 1 & 2
Diana’s physique has remained below police guard in a single day at the Fulham mortuary. It is now mendacity in a closed casket in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. By likelihood the royal residential safety officer tasked to protect her this morning is Garry Smith, whose charitable occasion she had provided to sponsor every week earlier than she was killed.
‘All the windows in the chapel had been thrown open and I could hear people outside talking about what had happened,’ Smith [not his real name owing to his sensitive current occupation], recollects to the Mail. ‘They didn’t know they had been just a few toes away from the Princess herself.
‘[Her death] affected me afterwards more than it did on the night it took place, when I just couldn’t imagine it was occurring. Forget about all the “Queen of Hearts” nonsense. She was a standard lady who had faults like all of us do. She was difficult, however I very a lot preferred Diana as a human being.’
In preparation for the funeral, the casket will later be moved to her condo in Kensington Palace.
Diana’s Paris baggage has ended up at Mohamed Al Fayed’s workplace in Harrods division retailer. Tebbutt goes there to retrieve it on behalf of Diana’s sisters. ‘But they [Al Fayed’s workplace] wouldn’t let me have it similar to that,’ he recollects. ‘I was told a member of his staff must go with me and the luggage to Lady Sarah’s dwelling in Lincolnshire. So we drove up there in convoy and once we arrived the Harrods man needed to go inside and be current once we checked the contents of the baggage. But Lady Sarah wouldn’t have him in her home. He was made to attend outdoors.’
The funeral: Saturday, September 6
Garry Smith is on plain-clothes obligation, surveying the dense crowds from the ‘wedding cake’ statue of Queen Victoria outdoors Buckingham Palace. Colin Tebbutt and his companion Liz usually are not solely inside Westminster Abbey, however proper at the entrance of the VIP congregation, subsequent to Diana’s ‘blood family’.
Diana’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, is carried out of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris on August 31, 1997
‘We were treated fantastically well by Earl Spencer,’ he recollects. ‘The doors of the abbey were open and I said to Liz, “Listen to the rain, everyone outside will get soaked.” But in fact it was clapping and then the applause entered the abbey and moved up through into the choir. That showed what people thought of the most beautiful woman in the world.’
He accompanies the household mourners to Euston station and boards the Royal Train to Long Buckby, the nearest cease to Althorp. Diana’s coffin is pushed to Northamptonshire in a hearse.
‘I was helping direct operations outside the station when to my horror I realised everyone was driving off without me. But then one of the cars stopped and Prince William said “Get in, Colin” and I was taken to Althorp House.’
There is a lunch earlier than the interment. Then the mourners make their approach to the shore of the Round Oval, a small lake in the grounds. Diana is to be buried on the island in the center. Tebbutt is one of the privileged few beside the shut household to be allowed to the graveside.
‘No police protection officers; Earl Spencer didn’t need anybody else down there,’ he recollects. ‘The Army had put a bridge across to the island and I walked over it with [Diana’s mom] Mrs Shand Kydd. She held my hand the entire time and we walked throughout to the island and stood there collectively. The coffin was lowered and the entire household went ahead. I saved my distance.
‘I was just amazed to be there and very emotional. Then we walked back across the bridge and I went with Mrs Shand Kydd to sit on a bench. She had a cigarette. That’s what she needed. We sat in deep silence as the Army was taking the bridge away. Then we walked again to the home, had espresso and went our separate methods.’
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