Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, honored the 23rd anniversary of his sister’s death on Monday, sharing on social media the “family duty” he performs every year to mark the occasion.
The 9th Earl Spencer posted a photo on Twitter of the Spencer family flag that flies above Althorp, their family home in Northamptonshire, England, lowered to half-mast as a tribute to the Princess of Wales. “My first family duty on 31 August. Never forgotten,” he wrote alongside the image. Charles and his family currently reside at Althorp which has been passed down through generations of Spencers for over 500 years. It is also the location of Princess Diana’s grave.
Princess Diana died in the early hours of August 31, 1997 at the age of 36 from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris. Her partner, Dodi Fayed, and the car’s driver were pronounced dead at the scene, while her bodyguard survived with serious injuries. A statue of Princess Diana, commissioned in 2017 by her sons Prince William and Prince Harry on the 20th anniversary of her death, will be unveiled at Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021 to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
In 2017, Charles told People that his sister had “a genius for people and she could connect with anyone,” adding, “She could make any person, whether they were the grandest or the most humble, totally at ease. It’s an incredible gift.”
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