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Paris to name a square after Diana, Princess of Wales

31/05/2019

Paris will honour Diana, Princess of Wales by naming a square after her, located near to where she tragically died in 1997.

The site adjacent to the Alma Tunnel, where she was killed in a car crash, is already home to the Flame of Liberty, which many have used as an unofficial memorial.

However, the monument – a gold-leaf replica of of the flame of the torch from the Statue of Liberty – was originally given to Paris by US newspaper International Herald Tribune in 1989 to partly celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication being printed in France, but also as a mark of thanks to France for the restoration work on the Statue of Liberty accomplished three years earlier by two French businesses. The landmark has since been used by locals and visitors as a place to lay flowers and leave tributes to the late princess.

However, a City Hall official has said that the square – currently called the Place de l’Alma – will be renamed “Place Diana Princesse de Galles”. The new name will be inaugurated after a vote by the Paris council in June, but it is thought the change is highly likely to be approved.

“We decided to rename the square because it had already been claimed on behalf of Diana by Parisians and tourists,” a City Hall official said, according to the Telegraph.

In London, Diana is honoured through the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park. The landmark was designed to reflect her spirit and love of children.

 

From Harper’s Bazaar UK

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