The trip marks Prince William and his wife’s first official visit to the French capital since his mother Princess Diana’s tragic death, twenty years ago.
Royal couple will spend two days in the French capital next month
William and Kate are set to spend two days in the city over March 17th and 18th and will undertake eight royal engagements during their trip.
Although Harry has visited, William has not been to city since mother’s death
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to travel to France on royal business next month almost 20 years after Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash there
Couple will undertake eight engagements, including black tie dinner
The royal couple will undertake various engagements including a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields and a formal black tie dinner at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador. They will also make an appearance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France.
Diana died in car accident in August 1997
Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed when the car she was a passenger in crashed into pillar as she was being chased by paparazzi.
This mini-tour is is bound to be an emotional affair
Their mini-tour, almost 20 years after Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in the French capital, is bound to be an emotional one for the second in line to the throne.
Princess Diana was staying in Paris with her boyfriend
In 1997 Princess Diana was staying in Paris with her then boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, following a summer holiday to the South of France, while her children were with the Queen at Balmoral.
Diana, Dodi and Henri Paul were all killed, only Dodi’s bodyguard survived the crash
She was staying in the Ritz hotel with her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed. The car was being driven by the hotel’s acting head of security Henri Paul who was later found to be drunk.
Prince William was just 15-years-old
The accident happened on August 31st 1997 when Prince William was just 15-years-old, he initially refused to speak publicly about his mother’s death.
Princess Diana suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital several hours later
An inquest concluded that Diana’s death was ’caused, or contributed to, by the speed and manner of the driver of the Mercedes and the speed and manner of the following vehicles’.
In recent years Prince William has been more open
But in recent years he’s been more open, especially after becoming the patron of Child Bereavement UK. ‘Never being able to say the word “Mummy” again in your life sounds like a small thing,’ he revealed.’However, for many, including me, it’s now really just a word – hollow and evoking only memories.