A spontaneous three-mile procession solemnly walked from San Franciscos Castro District to the British Consulates Sansome Street offices on the evening of September 5, 1997 to honor Princess Diana.
The memorial had been organized initially by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and grew to include 14-thousand mourners as the march moved down Market Street in the direction of the Ferry Building. The memorial was headed by a truck laden with floral arrangements and a large photograph of the late princess of Wales.
The thousands of mourners crowded into Sansome Street to hear British Vice Consul Kevin Cook say that the memorial testified to the deep affection with which the princess was held. We are extremely grateful for the warmth of your response. It has stunned us all. It is a comfort to know that our grief is shared.
The world, and San Francisco, shared the grief of the British people as news of her death was broadcast on radio and television. Most watched on television, but some listened to the breaking news directly from London by BBC World Service, heard clearly along with West Coast of the United States during the evening hours. Those broadcasts were monitored by the Museum.
This is an 11-minute RealAudio (RA) recording of the BBC World Service at 0700 GMT (RA), August 31, 1997, shortly after the announcement of the death of Princess Diana. It is how much of the world learned of her death. The presenter is John Stone of the BBCs World Service.
This bulletin of world news was immediately followed by a live 28-minute special broadcast (RA) about the death of Princess Diana compared, or hosted, by Robin Lustig.
The bulletin of BBC World Service news reflects the initial shock of the events in Paris, and the growing realization of the enormity of the death of Princess Diana. These BBC broadcasts are now history, as transmitted from Bush House, London.
The Queen also contributed to broadcast history with her address, September 5, (RA) to the people of the Empire about the death of Princess Diana. The address was broadcast from Buckingham Palace. Behind the Queen could be heard the throngs of mourners near the palace gates.
Here is the text of the Queens remarks, as issued by Buckingham Palace:
Since last Sundays dreadful news we have seen, throughout Britain and around the world, an overwhelming expression of sadness at Dianas death.Saturday morning, the funeral procession left Kensington Palace, as heard on BBC World Service, (RA) for services at Westminster Abbey. The cortege passed through the almost silent streets of central London and on to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen, Princess Margaret, Anne the Princess Royal, and other members of the Royal Family assembled on the street to watch the cortege pass. A few minutes later, the Prince of Wales, and princes William and Harry, the duke of Edinburgh, and the Earl Spencer fell in, and walked behind the the gun carriage. Jane Garvey of the BBC described the scene. (RA)
The gun carriage carrying the coffin of Diana, princess of Wales, arrived at Westminster Abbey, was carried inside and placed upon a catafalque (RA) as services began. RealAudio is required to hear these broadcasts, and please note that there may be some static and shortwave fade during playback.