Tuesday, September 3, 2013
When Olga and I went to Kensington Gardens on Saturday, we happened to wander past Kensington Palace. There, at the gates where mourners gathered by the thousands to bid farewell to Princess Diana in 1997, we found this little knot of people.
Saturday, it turns out, was the 16th anniversary of Diana's death. Amazing that it happened so long ago. I remember where I was when I heard the news -- at a journalism convention in Chicago. As you can imagine, the conventioneers were thrown into an immediate tizzy and many had to leave to go back to work. I remember going with a friend to the loading dock at the Chicago Sun-Times to pick up copies of the paper, fresh off the presses, reporting news of her death.
Anyway, this little commemorative gathering featured some eccentrically-dressed characters. This guy appears in his Union Jack suit at many events involving the royals. As I recall, he was also outside the hospital when the newest royal baby was born a few weeks ago.
People left messages, flags, flowers and other items on the gates. Remember when I stumbled onto a similar, smaller display on Diana's birthday last year?
Looking back at that post, I realize I've already told the story about the convention. Oh well. Sorry about that. Some of us get repetitive in our old age!