The unexpected death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris on August 31st 1997 led to a period of mourning over the next week that took the world by surprise. Major institutions - the media, the royal family, the church, the police - for once had no pre-planned script. For the public, this was a story with an ending they had not anticipated. How did these institutions and the public create a cultural order in the face of such disorder? Both those involved in the mourning and those who objected to it struggled to understand the depth and breadth of emotion shaking Britain and the world. Mourning was focused on London, where Diana's body lay, and on Diana's home, Kensington Palace. Throughout the city and especially in Kensington Gardens, millions left shrines to the dead princess made of flowers, messages, teddy bears and other objects. In towns and villages around the UK, this was repeated. The mourning was also global, with media dominated by Diana's death in scores of countries. The funeral itself had a record-breaking world television audience, and messages of condolence floated around the globe in cyber-space. How unique was all this? Does it mark a shift in the culture of mourning, of the position of the monarchy, of the role of emotion in British culture? How does it compare with the mourning for other super-icons - JFK, Evita, Elvis, and Monroe? Was it media-induced hysteria? Or was it simply a magnification of normal mourning behaviour? Focusing on the extraordinary actions of millions of ordinary people, this book documents what happened and shows how a modern rational society coped with the unexpected in a proto-revolutionary week that left participants and objectors alike asking 'why did we behave like this?'

part Part 1|47 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

The Week of Mourning

ByDouglas Davies

chapter 2|29 pages

The Questions People Asked

ByTony Walter

part Part 2|59 pages

Contexts and Comments

chapter 5|12 pages

The Children's Princess

ByJenny Hockey, Allison James

chapter 6|7 pages

A Nation Under Stress: The Psychological Impact of Diana's Death

ByMark Shevlin, Mark Davies, Stephanie Walker, Tina Ramkalawan

chapter 7|11 pages

Secular Religion and the Public Response to Diana's Death

ByChris Harris

part Part 3|90 pages


chapter 8|22 pages

Kensington Gardens: From Royal Park to Temporary Cemetery

ByDoris Francis, Georgina Neophytou, Leonie Kellaher

chapter 9|21 pages

Pilgrims and Shrines

ByJennifer Chandler

chapter 10|16 pages

A Bridge of Flowers

ByAnne Rowbottom

chapter 11|13 pages

Policing the Funeral

ByTom Laidlaw, P.A.J. Waddington

chapter 12|12 pages

Liturgy and Music

ByGrace Davie, David Martin

part Part 4|70 pages

The Global and the Provincial

chapter 13|12 pages

Books of Condolence

ByBethan Jones

chapter 14|11 pages

A Provincial City Shows Respect: Shopping and Mouring in Bath

ByMarion Bowman

chapter 15|13 pages

America Responds to Diana's Death: Spontaneous Memories

ByC. Allen Haney, Dell Davis

chapter 16|11 pages

An American Paean* for Diana, an Unlikely Feminist Hero

ByWendy Griffin

chapter 17|16 pages

Jokes on the Death of Diana

ByChristie Davies

part Part 5|10 pages


chapter 18|8 pages

And The Consequence Was . . .

ByTony Walter